Dec. 17, 2011
OREM, Utah - Despite 16 points and 17 rebounds from Geddes Robinson, Utah Valley came up short against a streaking Georgia State team, 71-68, on Saturday night in the UCCU Center.
Robinson matched a career high with 17 rebounds - eight on the offensive glass - but the Panthers (8-3) held off the Wolverines (6-6) in the final seconds to win their eighth straight game.
"I just didn't think we played well enough," said UVU coach Dick Hunsaker. "Georgia State had a lot to do with that but we simply didn't play well enough to win the game."
UVU (6-6) trailed by nine at the three-minute mark and nearly pulled off a last-gasp comeback.
Holton Hunsaker made three free throws with 33 seconds left to get the Wolverines within five and later drilled a deep trey to make it 70-68 with 12 seconds remaining. Jihad Ali hit 1-of-2 from the line to push the lead to three and then came up with a big steal in the final seconds to help the Panthers (8-3) seal the win.
Hunsaker scored 14 points while Isiah Williams finished with 12 and Taylor Brown scored seven off the bench.
Georgia State - of the Colonial Athletic Association - had four players in double figures, led by 17 from Devonta White and 16 points and nine rebounds from Ali.
The Wolverines jumped out early, hitting four of their first five attempts from the 3-point line, and led for most of the first half. UVU led by nine with 3:29 left until the break before the Panthers closed the half with 10 straight points to lead 36-35.
Utah Valley will now embark on a two-game trip to close out the pre-Christmas schedule. The Wolverines play Monday at Maine and Thursday at Montana.