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Towson 90, Georgia State 82 (OT)

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ATLANTA -- Towson had four players in double figures and outscored Georgia State, 13-5, in overtime to post a 90-82 win in a Colonial Athletic Association game on Saturday.

Rafriel Guthrie had 23 points, Jerome Hairston had 17 and Marcus Damas and Bilal Dixon each had 14 for the Tigers, who won another CAA road game. Jerrelle Benimon had a sub-par game with seven points and eight boards, but his teammates picked him up.

Dixon had 12 rebounds for the Tigers (14-12, 9-4 in the CAA).

Towson is 5-1 in CAA road games and has 10 road victories this season, the most since the 1993-94 season.

Manny Atkins had 26 points and Devonta White had 22 for Georgia State, which fell to 12-14, 7-6. Freshman R.J. Hunter had 15 points, only two in the second half.

Hairston gave Towson a 52-47 lead on a basket with 13:34 left in the game.

Georgia State pulled to within 68-66 with 3:51 to go, but Hairston scored again to make it 73-68 with two minutes left.

A 3-pointer by Atkins pulled the Panthers to within 75-73 with 54 seconds left and Benimon's free throw made it 76-73 with 15 seconds to go.

Atkins scored with seven seconds left to make the score 76-75, and White could make only one of two free throws with one second left to second the game to the overtime, which was dominated by Towson.

Towson led, 37-34, at halftime behind nine points from Guthrie and eight each from Hairston and Damas.

NOTES: The Tigers game at James Madison in Harrisonburg, Va. is at 7 p.m. JMU won at Towson on Jan. 19 ... The Panthers host Hofstra on Wednesday. ... Two of the top players in the CAA had off days in the first half. Jerrelle Benimon did not get off a shot and was scoreless in 17 minutes in the first half, while R.J. Hunter had two points at intermission. Hunter had 38 points a week ago against Old Dominion.
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