Hempstead, NY - Sophomore Devonta White scored a game-high 15 points to lead four Panthers in double-figures as Georgia State downed the Hofstra Pride, 59-43 in a Colonial Athletic Association contest at the Mack Sports Complex on Saturday.


Senior Nathaniel Lester posted his fourth double-double of the season with a team-high 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. But Hofstra fell to 8-17 overall and 2-11 in conference action.

The Panthers snapped a two-game losing skid and improved to 16-8 on the season, including an 8-5 mark in the CAA.


In addition to White, Georgia State received 14 points from senior Jihad Ali and 12 points each from forward Eric Buckner and guard Rashaad Richardson. The Panthers shot 51 percent (21-for-41) from the field including 7-16 from the three-point line.


The Pride was led by Lester  and senior guard Mike Moore, who added 13 points for Hofstra, which shot 29 percent (17-for-58) for the game including 3-for-22 from the three-point line.


Georgia State jumped out to a first-half lead and never relinquished it. The Panthers went on two big runs in the first period to build a lead of 19 before taking a 15-point advantage into the locker room at halftime. Trailing 5-3 after the first 5:55, Georgia State, behind four points from Jihad Ali, went on a 12-0 run over the next five minutes to build a 16-5 ledge after an Eric Buckner free throw with 9:05 to play in the half.


Almost three minutes later, Hofstra's Matt Grogan hit a three-pointer from the wing to bring the Pride back to within nine at 21-12. But the Panthers then went on a 12-2 over the next 3:54, with Ali adding four points again, to take a 33-14 advantage after two Ali free throws with 2:09 to play. Lester and Moore hit jumpers for Hofstra in the final 90 seconds to close the deficit to 33-18 at the break.


Guards Devonta White and Rashaad Richardson led all scorers in the first half, each scoring nine points. The Panthers, who hit on six of nine three-pointers, shot 48% (10-21) from the field while the Pride, who hit on just 1-12 three-point attempts, shot 28% (8-29) in the first 20 minutes. Lester led the Pride with six first half points.


The Pride came out in the second half and immediately chipped away at the lead, going on a 9-6 run, with Moore getting five in the spurt, over the first 2:39 to close the deficit to 12 at 39-27. Three minutes later, after White's lay-up boosted the Panthers' lead back to 16 at 45-29, the Pride mounted a late surge, going on a 10-1 run over the next 3:57 to close to within seven after two Lester free throws cut it to 46-39 with 10:03 to play.


While the Pride had the momentum, they couldn't turn it into points as both teams went scoreless for the next 3:30 until Richardson hit a three-pointer for the Panthers at the 6:33 mark that boosted the Georgia State lead to double-digits at 49-39. That three-pointer was the start of a 10-4 Panther run, with Eric Buckner posting two big slams, to close out the contest. The Pride was held to just one basket over the final 11:47 as they dropped their fourth game in the last five outings. Hofstra's 43 points equals its lowest offensive output of the season, matching the total against Wagner on December 6.


Hofstra heads to the road this week as they travel to Fairfax, Virginia on Wednesday to face George Mason, who are currently tied for first in the CAA, at 7 p.m.