Drexel beats Georgia State to end three-game skid

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PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Tramayne Hawthorne scored a career-high 23 points and Frank Elegar added 14 as Drexel snapped a three-game losing streak with a 58-51 victory over Georgia State on Wednesday.

Hawthorne scored 16 of his 23 in the second half as the Dragons (9-9, 2-4 Colonial Athletic Association) built a 15-point lead before fending off the Panthers (4-12, 1-5).

Justin Billingslea scored nine points while Rashad Chase and Jihad Ali had eight apiece.

Leading scorer Leonard Mendez (16.7 points per game) finished with just six on 2-of-11 shooting.

Hawthorne’s 3-pointer with 8:01 remaining gave Drexel a seemingly comfortable 52-37 advantage. But Georgia State ripped off a 14-2 run to close within 54-51 with 2:50 left.

Chase scored six points during the spurt. The Panthers had numerous chances to get closer but misfired on four shots in the final minute. Elegar hit a layup and Hawthorne converted two free throws with 15.5 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

Drexel was outrebounded 37-29 but shot 52 percent from the field in the second half and never trailed in the game. The Dragons bench outscored Georgia State, 29-16.

Drexel improved to 5-1 all-time against the Panthers, which includes three consecutive wins.

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 Georgia St.
J. Billingslea J. Billingslea
4-9,  9 Pts
6 Rebs, 5 Assists
T. Hawthorne T. Hawthorne
7-12,  23 Pts
2 Rebs, 1 Assists

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