Jags men's basketball fall short against Georgia St.

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South Alabama rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to take the lead but Georgia State answered and came away with a 69-66 victory Thursday night.

Josh Ajayi led all players with 24 points and 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season. He scored 17 points in the second half alone and shot 9 for 13 from the field overall.

D'Marcus Simonds led the Panthers with 18 points and 6 assists before fouling out.

Kane Williams hit two free throws with 1:09 left to put GSU up 65-64, then Jeff Thomas hit a corner '3' with 37.2 left in the game for a five-point advantage. Ajayi made 1 of 2 at the line with 30.6 left and Thomas matched that 1.2 seconds later to go back up 69-65.

Trhae Mitchell also went 1 for 2 at the stripe to make it a 3-point game, then Malik Benlevi missed both free-throw attempts with 20.8 remaining. A 3-pointer from Rodrick Sikes missed the mark but the Jags had one more shot after a Panther turnover with 1.6 left. A 3-pointer from Ajayi was blocked out of bounds, and another attempt from Sikes was off the mark as the buzzer sounded.

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