Final Score: Georgia State 61, VCU 56
Location: Atlanta, Ga. (GSU Sports Arena)
Records: VCU 0-4, Georgia State 1-3
The Short Story: The Rams built a 37-20 lead at halftime but Georgia State, who had been shooting just 20 percent from the field through two quarters, shot 71.4 percent in the second half to overcome the deficit and edge a young VCU team.
- Bria Gibson scored a career-high 15 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Rams.
- Tera Reed had 11 points and tied for the team lead with six boards.
- Jailyn Maddox added 10 points.
- Nyra Williams had five points and a career-high eight assists with three steals.
- VCU finished the game shooting 42.3 percent from the field while Georgia State was 32.7 percent from the floor.
- The Rams were just 8-of-18 at the free throw line while the Panthers were an impressive 22-of-26 from the charity strip.
- Georgia State led 26-16 in points off turnovers and 15-4 off second chance points.
- The Panthers were led by K.K. Williams and Madison Newby who each scored a team-high 15 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU started the game on a 7-0 run as Niya Johnson started the game making a 3-pointer from the wing and the run was capped by two Reed free throws.
- The Panthers responded with a 12-6 run of their own to cut the deficit to just 13-12 with 1:13 left in the quarter. A free throw from Maddox and a layup by Gibson gave the Rams a 16-12 lead at the end of the frame.
- VCU outscored GSU 21-8 in the second quarter and shot 71.4 percent as the Rams broke through the Georgia State. VCU also used stifling defense to force the Panthers to shoot just 1-of-14 from the floor during the quarter.
- The Rams took a 37-20 lead into halftime.
- Georgia State began the second half on a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to just 39-29 with 6:59 remaining in the third quarter. VCU would push its lead back to 16 at 45-29 with 4:52 left before Georgia State outscored the Rams 15-6 to end the frame. VCU led 51-44 going into the fourth quarter.
- The Rams went cold from the field during the fourth quarter, shooting just 2-of-14 from the floor, as Georgia State outscored them 17-5 in the final frame to take the victory.
The Rams will face Mercer to conclude the Georgia State Thanksgiving Classic. VCU will face the the Bears at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 26.