D’Marcus Simonds had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead Georgia State to an 83-66 victory over rival Georgia Southern on Saturday.
Isaiah Williams added 16 points in reaching 1,000 for his career, Jeff Thomas made all five of his 3-point tries for 15 and Malik Benlevi scored 11 for the Panthers (14-6, 5-2 Sun Belt), who have defeated the Eagles eight consecutive times on their home floor.
Another streak continued as Panthers coach Ron Hunter coached barefoot, the 11th straight year he has done so — and all in victories. Hunter kicks off his shoes to raise awareness for Samaritan’s Feet, which distributes shoes globally.
Ike Smith led the Eagles (14-6, 5-2), whose four-game win streak ended, with 16 points. Quan Jackson added 11 and B.J. Gladden 10 while Montae Glenn had 11 rebounds with nine points.
The Panthers outscored the Eagles 25-11 over the final 10 minutes.