East Carolina Falls to Georgia State, 89-82
Dec. 29, 2013
From wire and staff reports
GREENVILLE, N.C. --- Manny Atkins, Ryan Harrow and R.J. Hunter combined for 73 points in leading Georgia State past East Carolina 89-82 Sunday.
Atkins paced Georgia State with 27 points and he also hauled in 12 rebounds.
"Georgia State is hard to guard," ECU Head Coach Jeff Lebo said. "They've got four perimeter players that were terrific. Harrow just took over the second half and you can tell why he was a top 20 player in the country, why he went to NC State and started at Kentucky. He wasn't going to let them lose tonight."
The Panthers, who led for all but 62 seconds, scored the game's first six points behind back-to-back 3-pointers from Hunter and Atkins. Atkins scored nine straight points and 11 of Georgia State's first 16 points to push the Panthers out to a 16-7 lead.
Harrow gave Georgia State its largest lead of the game at 27-13 with 8:05 to play. ECU used a 14-6 run to pull within six with 1:06 remaining before halftime, but trailed by eight at the break.
East Carolina made just 9 of 26 shots from the floor, shot 9.1 percent behind the arc in the first half and made only 8-of-17 (.471) free throws. We shot it so poorly the first half," Lebo said. "We missed foul shots and layups; shot 34 percent, and were 1 of 11 three. We were only down eight and we felt good about only being down eight."
Georgia State (7-6) led at the half 35-27 but East Carolina raced back in the second tying the game at 42 three minutes into the period as Michael Zangari scored nine points and Akeem Richmond made a pair of 3-pointers.
Richmond gave ECU its first lead of the game with his fourth of seven 3s on the night at 47-46.
Georgia State responded with a 15-4 run to retake control of the game and go up by 10 on a breakaway dunk from Hunter with 10 minutes left.
East Carolina (10-4) closed the gap to six with 27 seconds to play, but it was unable to capitalize on a forced turnover to make it a one-possession game with 20 seconds to play.
Richmond paced East Carolina with 21 points and Prince Williams added 18, while dishing out a career-high seven assists. Zangari contributed 16, Caleb White had 13 and Paris Roberts-Campbell scored 10.
The Pirates shot 53 percent from the floor in the second half, but Georgia State connected on 56 percent of its field goals to hold ECU at bay.