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ATLANTA, Ga. – Georgia State turned 22 Southern Miss turnovers into 32 points, as the Golden Eagles fell, 68-55, Sunday afternoon at the Georgia State Sports Arena.
Chip Armelin scored a season-high 16 points. Rasham Suarez scored 12 points on a season-high four three-pointers and Matt Bingaya added 10 points and six rebounds. Norville Carey chipped in six points and a season-high 10 rebounds.
“This is the hardest we've played (all year),” said Southern Miss head coach Doc Sadler. “I can't get any more effort out of these guys. Once, you get the effort, now we have to get the execution where we can be a better basketball team.”
Markus Crider got things started for Georgia State with a layup, but Suarez hit a three. T.J. Shipes got a dunk, but Bingaya drove in for a layup to retake the lead, 5-4.
Ryan Harrow then scored eight straight for the Panthers, but a basket by Bingaya and five straight points from Armelin tied the game at 12 six minutes into the game.
Kevin Ware made jumper, but Suarez hit his second three of the half as the shot clock was winding down, giving the Golden Eagles a 15-14 lead with 13:33 to play in the half.
However, Georgia State went on a 22-3 run over the next nine minutes as Southern Miss turned the ball over in eight of its next 10 possessions, allowing the Panthers to take its largest lead of half, 34-18 with 4:10 to play.
After Armelin hit a three, Curtis Washington converted a tip-in. Kevin Holland then hit a three, his first points since the opening game. After Ryann Green hit a driving layup, Carey got a putback dunk and Armelin hit a three at the buzzer to send Southern Miss into the break trailing, 38-29.
The Golden Eagles scored the first four points of the second half to cut the deficit to 38-33. However, Southern Miss missed its next eight shots while committing seven turnovers, as GSU went on a 16-2 run to push its lead to 54-35.
Suarez hit a three and Jeremiah Eason tipped in Carey's missed layup to cut the deficit to 54-40 with 8:14 to play in the game. But, the Panthers scored seven straight over the next three minutes to take their largest lead of the game, sealing the victory.
Southern Miss was 19-of-49 (38.8%) while shooting 40.0% (12-of-30) from three. Georgia State connecting on 42.9% (24-of-56) from the floor and just 8-of-24 (33.3%) from three. The Panthers hit 12-of-13 (92.3%) from the free throw line while Southern Miss was just 5-of-8 (62.5%). The Golden Eagles won the rebounding battle, 33-to-27.
Harrow scored 27 points for Georgia State and R.J. Hunter added 13 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
Southern Miss closes its road trip next Monday, December 29, when it travels to Baton Rouge, La., to face LSU. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT and will be nationally-televised by the SEC Network.