With the win, the Tigers avenged an earlier 68-46 loss to the Panthers and snapped a three-game losing streak.
However, the game was filled with twists and turns as Georgia State used a 14-0 run at the end of the first half to take a 35-24 lead at intermission.
But, the Tigers took the wind of the Panthers' sails by scoring 13 of the first 15 points of the second half. Towson's fast start tied the game at 37-37 with 15:53 remaining and set the stage for a wild finish.
One of five Tigers to score in double figures,
A fast break slam dunk by Junior Hairston with 19 seconds left provided the finishing touches on
“Every win is an important one for us,” said Coach Pat Kennedy. “We had to make a comeback tonight and it was great to do that at home. We used a lot of players and that may have helped us in the end. When we got into the overtime, we appeared to be stronger because we used our bench so much.”
The Tigers appeared to have won the game in regulation when they went on a 7-0 run to grab a 65-58 lead with 2:39 remaining. A three-pointer by
However, the Panthers came from behind to send the game into overtime. With 1:40 left, junior Kevin Lott was fouled on a three-pointer and made all three foul shots to pull
With 59 seconds left, Brewster upped the Tiger lead to 67-64 by making one of two free throws. However, junior guard Joe Dukes connected on a difficult three-point basket with 7.1 seconds left. His three-pointer tied the game at 67-67, the sixth and final tie of the game.
Smith, who didn’t score his first points until there were 9:32 left in regulation, led the Tigers with 18 points, hitting all six of his shots from the floor. He also nailed a three-pointer and made five of seven free throw attempts.
“Obviously, I’ve been in a slump,” said Smith. “Coach got on me at halftime because I didn’t take any shots. In the second half, I wanted to take a shot even if it was a bad one – just to get going.”
The Tigers, who were held to 27.1 per cent shooting in their first game against the Panthers, shot a seasonal high 55.1 per cent against
Hairston added 14 points with seven rebounds and two blocked shots while
Goldston led the Panthers with 25 points as he hit 10 of 17 shots from the floor, including 5 of 9 three-pointers.