Special Report to Blowing Rock News from App State Sports. By Kelsey Campbell. February 21, 2015. ATLANTA, GA – Appalachian State University fell to Georgia State for the second time this season on Saturday at GSU Sports Arena, 80-70.
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The Mountaineers (11-14, 6-10 Sun Belt) took a three-point lead with seven minutes to play, but then allowed the Panthers (12-13, 7-9) to go on a 10-0 run to close out the game.
The Panthers did not miss a shot for the first four minutes of the game and were 7-9 at the 13:39 minute mark, taking a 15-11 lead over App State. With 10:30 to play in the half, Joi Jones scored five-straight points for the Mountaineers as they trailed by just three points, 19-16.
The Panthers continued to score, going on a 7-0 run, but Mia Marshall kept the Apps in the game, scoring four-straight points and keeping Georgia State off the glass. The Mountaineers ended the first half with a 10-6 run as Georgia State led, 44-38 at halftime.
Sydnor led the team with eight points in the first half, while the Mountaineers shot 44.8 percent from the floor.
The Panthers were led by Gaby Moss’ 13 points as she went 6-6 from the floor in the first half. Georgia State recorded a 66.7 field goal percentage.
The Mountaineers started the second half hot, scoring seven-combined points from Marshall, Sydnor and Wood, but the Panthers only missed one shot in the first four minutes to maintain a 53-46 lead.
The Mountaineers began to convert at the 13:37 minute mark as Bria Carter made a steal and a fastbreak layup and Sydnor followed that up with a three-pointer. Bria Huffman grabbed three rebounds over the next minute, helping Madi Story get to the free throw line and make two shots to cut the Panthers’ lead to just two points with 11 minutes to play.
The Panthers scored two points, but Sydnor scored five-straight points in 40 seconds to give Appalachian the lead, 60-59. KeKe Cooper hit a jumper to give App its largest lead of the game, 62-59 with 7:21 to play.
From there the Apps struggled, not scoring again until the 2:51 minute mark as Georgia State went on a 10-0 run. The Mountaineers would be forced to foul as the Panthers scored 11 points in the last two minutes to take the game, 80-70.
Sydnor led the team with 21 points in loss, while Marshall followed with a career-high ten points. Jones and Wood chipped in nine points each, while Jones also dished out five assists.
Appalachian shot 43.6 percent from the floor, while grabbing 30 rebounds and committing 19 turnovers.
Georgia State was led by Moss and Brittany Logan, who each tallied 19 points. The Panthers recorded a 57.7 field goal percentage, 27 rebounds and 14 turnovers.
The Mountaineers return to action on Thursday, Feb. 26 when they host Georgia Southern at 5 p.m. in the team’s Play4Kay game.