Eagles Lose to Rival Georgia State Ahead of Louisiana Road Trip

Ethan Smith, News Editor

G Quan Jackson shoots over defender at Hanner Fieldhouse. AJ Henderson.

   The Super Bowl wasn’t the only game played in Atlanta this past weekend. Georgia Southern traveled to face bitter-rivals Georgia State in the Sun Belt Conference.

   The Eagles and Panthers both came out with a victory ahead of their matchup. The two teams came into the game high with confidence.

   Georgia State would come out with the victory at home in a game which featured numerous lead changes. The Eagles have not won a game in Atlanta since 1992. This will be their ninth-straight loss to the Panthers while away from Hanner Fieldhouse.

   Georgia State G D’Marcus Simonds dropped a season-high 29 points along with six rebounds. He was a major factor in this victory for the Panthers. The lack of offense down the stretch really hurt the Eagles.

   The game was in reach with under five minutes to play, but the Eagles did not register a field goal in the final 4:39 minutes of the game.

   As the Eagles recover from the loss, they are shifting their focus to the Bayou where they will face off against Louisiana and Louisiana-Monroe in back-to- back road games.

   GSU is currently ranked third in the Sun Belt Conference standings, sitting behind Georgia State and is in a three-way tie for second between Texas State, Coastal Carolina and UTA.

   The Eagles are a game up on both UL and UL-Monroe, so both road tests will be crucial for seeding within the conference.

   The Eagles face off against Louisiana on Feb 6 and UL- Monroe on Feb 8. Both games being featured on ESPN+.