Towson 66, Georgia St. 62
TOWSON, Md. (AP)—Gary Neal scored 26 points, Lawrence Hamm added 16 points and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds, and Towson beat Georgia State 66-62 on Saturday.
Dennard Abraham scored 11 points for the Tigers (9-8, 5-3 Colonial Athletic Association), who have won four of five games.
Herman Favors led the Panthers (4-12, 2-7) with 18 points, while Malcolm Manier scored 16. Georgia State, which has dropped 11 of 13, remained winless in five conference road games.
Towson outscored Georgia State 15-4 over the final 4:51, after a left-wing 3-pointer by Favors put the Panthers ahead 58-51.
Georgia State held a 48-43 lead with 10:21 remaining in regulation before Neal, who had been held scoreless in the second half, took control of the Towson offense.
Hamm finished off Neal’s alley-oop lob, banking in a basket that started an 8-2 run that put Towson up 51-50. Neal added a jumper in the burst and closed it out with a pair of free throws.
Neal scored nine of the Tigers’ final 12 points over the final 1:59, but with 22 seconds to go and Towson up 61-60, he was called for a foul on Favors. After a video review, referees decided the infraction occurred outside the 3-point arc, and awarded Favors three free throws.
Favors made two of three, getting the Panthers within a point, and Neal was fouled on the ensuing inbounds pass. Neal made two free throws for a 63-60 lead with 19.9 seconds left.
Neal had 13 first-half points, but Dominique Whatley’s 3-pointer with 49.6 seconds left in the first half gave Georgia State a 30-27 halftime lead.