GEORGIA STATE 74, NJIT 53D’Marcus Simonds hit 11 of his 15 field goal attempts and closed with 26 points for Georgia State, which shook off a slow start to roll past NJIT in the first game of Mayan Division play at the Cancun Challenge.
Isaiah Dennis scored 10 points for the Panthers (2-2), who shot 57 percent from the field but only 2-of-13 from 3-point range. Georgia State did force 21 turnovers and earned a 39-29 edge in rebounds, which helped the team settle in after falling behind in the first 10 minutes. Simonds, a freshman from Gainesville, Ga., came off the bench to help fuel the rally.
The Highlanders (2-3) were paced by Damon Lynn, who had 15 points, three assists and three steals. Osa Izevbuwa added 13 points in just 18 minutes of action, but he fouled out in the second half.
Georgia State will play Eastern Kentucky for the Mayan Division title; NJIT plays ISU for third place, with both games being played Wednesday. Nov. 23.