Georgia St. tops UL-Lafayette 80-77 on game-winner
Louisiana-Lafayette trailed 77-68 with 1:45 to play but scored nine straight points to tie the game 77-77 on a free throw by Elfrid Payton with 30 seconds left.
Georgia State (20-7, 13-1 Sun Belt Conference) then rebounded a missed free throw by Payton and ran the clock down before Atkins hit the game-winner.
Louisiana-Lafayette (18-10, 9-6) scored the game's first nine points and led 41-32 early in the second half but Georgia State then scored 21 straight points to take a 53-41 lead.
Shawn Long had 22 points for Louisiana-Lafayette.