ATLANTA, Ga. — Kendall Lewis scored a career-high 24 points, but App State men’s basketball dropped a 76-65 road contest at Georgia State on Thursday evening.
Lewis finished 7-of-9 (77.8 percent) from the field and went a career-best 10-of-11 (90.9 percent) from the free throw line, while adding a team-high seven rebounds. It marks the first time in his career that he has scored over 20 points.
The Panthers (17-9, 10-5 SBC) scored the first nine points of the game and jumped out to a 23-3 lead midway through the opening half. App State (14-12, 8-7 SBC) countered with an 8-2 run to cut the Georgia State lead to 25-11. The Black and Gold pulled within 12 points at 34-22 thanks to a 9-0 run, but Georgia State pushed its lead to 41-26 at the break.
In the second half, the Panthers extended their lead to 18 points at 46-28, before the Black and Gold responded with an 8-0 run to pull within 46-36 with just over 10 minutes remaining. App State trimmed its deficit to nine points on a layup from Isaac Johnson, only to see the Panthers push their lead back to 12 points at 53-41.
The Mountaineers continued to chip away at the Georgia State lead and pulled within 56-49 with 8:23 left. Georgia State came right back with five consecutive points to extend its lead back to 12 points. The Mountaineers trimmed their deficit to nine points two more times, but could get no closer.
The Black and Gold recorded 12 steals in the contest, which ranks as the third most in a game this season.
Justin Roberts paced Georgia State with 17 points and four assists, while Nelson Phillips added 16 points off the bench.
App State will conclude its road trip in Georgia on Saturday at Georgia Southern at 4 p.m.
App State men’s basketball would like to thank AutoStar Nissan as its sponsor for the 2019-20 season.