- Associated Press - Saturday, January 14, 2017

MONROE, La. (AP) - Jeremy Hollowell scored 24 points, Malik Benlevi drained five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points, and Georgia State’s stingy overtime defense led to a 73-65 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.

Tied at 59 after regulation, Georgia State (9-7, 2-2 Sun Belt) held the Warhawks without a point until Jordon Harris’ jumper with 1:19 left cut the lead to 68-61. It was the only field goal for Louisiana-Monroe in the extra period.

The Panthers opened a seven-point lead on Benlevi’s 3-pointer with 9:33 remaining in regulation, but Louisiana-Monroe answered with a 9-2 run to tie it at 52 with 3:18 left.

Benlevi hit another 3 with 47 seconds left to give Georgia State a 59-57 lead. The Warhawks had a chance for the lead when Marcus Washington was fouled on his made jumper 16 seconds later to tie it at 59, but he missed the free throw.

Sam McDaniel, Nick Coppola and Travis Munnings each finished with 11 points for Louisiana-Monroe (6-11, 0-4), with McDaniel grabbing 13 rebounds.

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