Georgia St. 72, Liberty 50
Jihad Ali scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half as
Georgia State won its third straight game, beating Liberty 72-50
The Panthers (3-3) have limited their last three opponents to an
average of 49 points per game, with none scoring more than 50. They
held the Flames (2-5) to 32.2 percent (19 of 59) shooting from the
Ali made all six of his shots for Georgia State, including four
3-pointers. Devonta White added 15 points and Eric Buckner blocked
a career-high seven shots.
Georgia State led by as many as 12 points, 34-22, in the first
half, but Liberty gradually cut the lead to 47-45 with 8:34 left in
the game. The Panthers then went on a 15-2 run that included three
3-pointers and a jumper by Ali.
Tavares Speaks scored 16 points and Jesse Sanders 14 for
Liberty, which has lost four straight.