Georgia State Pushes Past URI Sunday In Atlanta
University of Rhode Island Press Release
Rhode Island Starters
Samb, Freeman, Carey, Leggett, Martin
Georgia State Starters
Odom, Nnamoko, Tucker, Hudson, Brooks
How It Happened
A spate of second-half turnovers during a key stretch combined with hot shooting from the perimeter by Georgia State hurt Rhode Island in a 75-66 loss Sunday afternoon.
After the Rams (4-8) never trailed in the first half, Georgia State (6-5) used an early second-half run to take its first lead of the day. URI’s Jalen Carey hit a jumper to give his team a 42-38 lead, but the host the Panters went on an 8-0 run. Jamaine Mann’s 3-pointer at 16:07 put Georgia State up 44-42, and Edward Nnamoko got a second-chance basket to push the lead to four points.
The lead grew to as many as 14 points as Georgia State took advantage of five Rhode Island turnvoers in a span of six possessions. A Ja’Heim Hudson dunk followed by a pair of Brendan Tucker free throws capped a 9-0 run to make the score 73-59. It was Georgia State’s biggest run of the day, effectively sealing the win.
Inside the Box Score
- Georgia State made a season-high 12 3-point baskets, which came from five different players. The Panthers were 12-of-25 from deep (48.0 percent) despite entering the game shooting 25.4 percent from long range.
- Both teams were solid from the outside, as Rhode Island shot 47.1 percent (8-for-17).
- Rhode Island’s 12 turnovers led to 21 points for Georgia State.
- Sophomore Brayon Freeman matched his career high with 21 points. He has scored in double figures in nine straight games.
- Freeman had three 3-point baskets, was 8-for-8 at the free throw line and had four rebounds and four assists.
- After making eight 3-point shots in his first nine games as a Ram, Freeman has made seven over the last two games.
- Sophomore Sebastian Thomas was the only other Ram in double figures, scoring 10 points to go with three assists, two rebounds and a blocked shot.
- Redshirt freshman Brandon Weston had seven points, three rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 20 minutes off the bench.
- Redshirt junior Jalen Carey and nine points, five boards and four assists, while fifth-year senior Malik Martin added eight points and five rebounds.
- Limited by early foul trouble, sophomore Ishmael Leggett had five points, three rebounds and three assists. It was his first game this season in single digits.
- Rhode Island’s bench scored 21 points, including 13 in the first half.
Rhode Island plays its final non-conference game of the regular season when it welcomes Milwaukee to the Ryan Center Thursday, Dec. 22. Game time is 7 p.m. on ESPN+.