Ryan Harrow scored a game-high 27 points and Georgia State took advantage of sloppy play by UT Arlington to take an 83-62 victory in Sun Belt Conference men’s basketball on Thursday night.
The Mavericks (9-7, 3-3 Sun Belt) lost the ball a season-high 26 times, leading to a 35-2 deficit in points off turnovers.
“Our turnovers killed us,” UTA coach Scott Cross told utamavs.com. “They were active defensively, which caused us to turn the ball over. We just weren’t very good tonight and the results showed.”
Greg Gainey led the Mavericks with 11 points. Lonnie McClanahan grabbed 10 rebounds and scored nine points. Kevin Hervey and Johnny Hill also scored nine points each.
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Georgia State (11-6, 4-2) opened the second half with a 21-10 run to turn the tide in a tight game.
The Mavericks, who were within 40-36 with 16:55 left in the game, held R.J. Hunter, the conference’s leading scorer, to eight points on 3-of-13 shooting.
Hunter came into the game averaging 21.1 points per game.
The Panthers began to take control, leading 47-38. Turnovers continued to be an issue for the Mavericks as the deficit reached double digits.
The Mavericks, down as many as 21, reeled off a 7-0 run to pull within 74-62 with less than four minutes to play, but they couldn’t get any closer.