Thursday’s Scores From the Sun Belt
The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns were off Thursday, but there were four games on tap in the Sun Belt Conference.
GEORGIA STATE 77, ARKANSAS STATE 66--Make it eight in a row for the Panthers, as D'Marcus Simonds led the way with 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Georgia State (17-6, 8-2) put three in double figures and shot 56% from the floor to 36% for the Red Wolves. Arkansas State (8-15, 3-7) led 50-48 with 10:49 to play, but GSU then went on an 18-5 run to pull away. Devin Simms had 28 points for the Red Wolves.
GEORGIA SOUTHERN 67, LITTLE ROCK 61--Georgia Southern trailed by double digits in the first half, but rallied to get the win. Tookie Brown had 19 points for the Eagles (16-7 7-3), who took the lead for good with 13 minutes left. Georgia Southern won it at the free throw line, nailing 23-29 while Little Rock was just 8-19. Andre Jones had 18 points for the Trojans (5-18, 2-8), who have lost six in a row.
UTA 89, APPALACHIAN STATE 77--The Mavericks got a career high 38 points from Erick Neal to rally past Appalachian State. The Mountaineers (9-15, 4-7) led at the half, but UTA (14-10, 5-6) took the lead for good with nine minutes left. Kevin Hervey had a double double for the Mavs, while Ronshad Shabazz had 31 points for App.
COASTAL CAROLINA 56, TEXAS STATE 54 (OT)--Demario Beck hit a layup as time expired in overtime to give the Chanticleers the upset win. Nijal Pearson, who led the Bobcats with 16 points, hit a pair of free throws to tie the game with a minute to go. CCU missed a shot, but the Bobcats (14-10, 7-4) turned the ball over, giving the Chants (11-13, 5-6) the final shot.
Saturday's Games: Coastal at UTA, Appalachian State at Texas State, Georgia State at Little Rock, Georgia Southern at Arkansas State, Louisiana at ULM, South Alabama at Troy.