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January 10, 2014

Panthers throttle WKU 77-54



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While it appeared the Hilltoppers were ready for a fight on Thursday night, their second half performance proved they were not.

Trailing 34-29 at halftime, the Hilltoppers were hanging tough until Georgia State broke off a 15-0 run to start the second half and blow the doors down.

Despite setting a season high in rebound with 43, they countered that performance with another dismal shooting effot, going 18-of-63 from the floor for a head-shaking 28%.

The Panthers used tremendous guard play with the highly touted Ryan Harrow and Devonta White slicing WKU's defense for easy baskets and easy dish-offs to their bigs down low.

Georgia State absolutely torched the nets, going 26-of-54 (48.1%) and were perfect from the free-throw line, converting all of their 22 tries.

All five of the Panthers starters scored in double figures led by senior forward Manny Atkins with 18 points. Elizabethtown native Curtis Washington recorded a double-double, netting 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Western Kentucky was led by T.J. Price with 15 points and led in rebounding by George Fant, who had 13 boards.

With the loss, the Hilltoppers drop to 10-6 on the season and 2-1 in Sun Belt play.

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