Hofstra loses to Georgia State, 61-43, in CAA game

Hofstra's Stevie Mejia dribbles upcourt in the first

Hofstra's Stevie Mejia dribbles upcourt in the first half-pound finals. (Jan. 12, 2013) (Credit: James Escher)

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Manny Atkins scored 13 points and Georgia State allowed a season-low in points in a 61-43 victory over Hofstra in a Colonial Athletic Association game Wednesday night.

The Panthers (13-14, 8-6), trailing 10-4, scored 16 consecutive points to lead 28-19 at halftime. They extended their lead to 43-25 midway through the second half and coasted home against Hofstra (6-19, 3-9).

Georgia State, which also got 11 points apiece from Devonta White and center James Vincent (5-for-5 from the field), forced 22 Hofstra turnovers -- 14 on steals -- and turned those turnovers into 31 points. The Panthers also hounded Hofstra into 29-percent shooting from the field (12 of 41).

Stevie Mejia was the only player in double figures for the Pride. He posted his first career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Atkins just missed a double-double with nine rebounds.

The Panthers and the Pride ended up splitting the season series with Hofstra winning, 52-50, in Hempstead on Jan. 7. This game marked the final contest between the two schools as conference mates because Georgia State is leaving for the Sun Belt after this season.

GSU took its largest lead at 18 points twice, and Hofstra couldn't get closer than nine in the second half. -- AP

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