Jelani Hewitt scored 18 points and Georgia Southern erased a 17-point first-half deficit to beat UT Arlington 76-64 in Sun Belt Conference men’s basketball on Thursday night.
The Mavericks dropped to 16-13 overall and 10-9 in the Sun Belt with one league game remaining in the regular season. The Eagles (21-7) remained tied for first in the conference at 14-5.
After leading 26-9 less than eight minutes into the game, UTA was hurt by 14 turnovers in the second half, which fueled a momentum-changing 16-1 run by Georgia State.
“Turnovers absolutely killed us all night long, especially in the second half,” UTA coach Scott Cross said.
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UTA’s Jamel Outler led all scorers with 23 points.