BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — A poor-shooting night in all aspects doomed the WKU Hilltoppers Thursday night against Georgia State, and five Panthers were in double figures to help power a 77-54 Georgia State victory at E.A. Diddle Arena. With the loss, WKU falls to 10-6 overall and 2-1 in conference play. Georgia State improves to 10-6 and 3-0 in the league.
WKU shot 28.6 percent from the floor (18-for-63), 31.3 percent from three-point range (10-for-32) and 50.0 percent from the free throw line (8-for-16) in the game. Georgia State made all 22 of its free throw attempts, setting a new E.A. Diddle Arena team record.
T.J. Price led WKU with 15 points. George Fant had 13 rebounds. Manny Atkins had 18 points, and Curtis Washington contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Panthers.
WKU never led in the first half, but the opening 20 minutes featured four ties en route to the 34-29 Panther advantage. Georgia State led by as many as seven points with 8:18 to go in the first, and WKU won the battle of the boards 23-12 including 13 offensive rebounds, but only had nine second-chance points. T. Price led WKU with 10 points, and Fant had nine rebounds in 12 minutes. Georgia State was paced by 14 points by Atkins.
Georgia State scored the first six points of the second half and opened up its largest lead of the game at 40-29. The Panthers ended up scoring the first 15 points of the half on their way to a 49-29 lead, before T. Price made a three-pointer with 6:34 gone by in the second half for the first Hilltopper points of the second half.
Back-to-back three-pointers by Brandon Harris and Kevin Kaspar cut the 24-point Georgia State lead down to 18, but the Hilltoppers would get no closer as the Panthers cruised to the 77-54 win.