Sophomore guard D’Marcus Simonds had seven dunks, including one in the final minute, to lead Georgia State to an 81-75 victory over UT Arlington in a Sun Belt Conference game Thursday night in Atlanta.
The 6-foot-3 Simonds tallied 29 points, 10 rebounds and five assists as Georgia State (15-6, 6-2) won its sixth straight game by erasing a 30-28 halftime deficit with a 53-point second half.
UTA (13-9, 4-5) got 22 points and 13 rebounds from senior center Kevin Hervey while Kaelon Wilson notched 21 points and eight rebounds. A third UTA senior, guard Erick Neal, contributed 12 points – on a 4-of-14 night from 3-point range – and eight assists.
UTA stays on the road for Saturday’s 4 p.m. Sun Belt game at Georgia Southern.
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UTA women 81, Georgia State 76: Senior center Rebekah VanDijk scored 27 points and hauled in 17 rebounds to lead UTA to an 81-76 overtime victory against Georgia State in a Sun Belt Conference game in Atlanta.
UTA (11-9, 5-4 Sun Belt) trailed by one with nine seconds left in regulation, but a steal from Laurynn McGowen resulted in two free throws and a one-point lead at 70-69.
Georgia State (5-14, 1-7) drew a foul from VanDijk on the other end with 1.7 seconds left but Juliet James only made one of two shots, sending the game to overtime.
With 2:27 left in the extra period Georgia State led 73-72. But UTA scored the next nine points to put the game away.
VanDijk had a monster first half, scoring 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to record her 44th-career double-double. In the game, VanDijk became the fifth player in UTA history to record 1,500 points.
McGowen added a career-high 20 points, including the two free-throws to send the Mavs into OT.
The Lady Mavs continue their road trip Saturday when they take on Georgia Southern at 11 a.m.