ATLANTA — Dwon Odom posted a career-high 27 points and Danny Stubbs added 16 points, also a career-high, to lead Georgia State to a 74-68 win over UNC Asheville in game three of the Capitol Classic Presented by Legacy on Sunday at the Convocation Center the GSU.
Odom was named the tournament’s most outstanding player for averaging 21 points and seven rebounds over the three games.
Today, Odom played more than 39 minutes, hitting 10 of 18 shots from the field and 7 of 7 at the free throw line. He also contributed seven rebounds and two blocked shots.
With the Panthers (4-2) playing their second straight game without starting men Evan Johnson and Brenden Johnson through injury, Stubbs started with by far the most productive game of his career, and he did Kalik Brooks with a career-high 12 points.
“What can you say about boys?” said GSU head coach Jonas Hayes. “Coming out of here for our third game in a row after suffering such a heartbreaking loss the other day, and responding with the kind of effort we had to put in to finish this thing, that’s what will enable us to be steadfast To be undeterred, to be committed, to be confident that I would do whatever it takes to come out victorious, that’s what I love about the guys in our locker room, know what else to say, except I love those guys .”
The game featured 12 lead changes and nine draws, the last by 54 points, before Jamaine Mann’s layup gave the Panthers a definitive 4-14 lead. Mann also made GSU’s next shot and missed, but newcomer Edward Nnamoko grabbed the offensive rebound and set it back for a 58-54 lead with 3:36 to play.
The Panthers held off the Bulldogs (3-2) by hitting 13 of 14 free throws in the last minute, including 6 of 7 by Stubbs. Georgia State went 16-to-17 at the line for the game and 36-to-39 over the weekend.
UNC Asheville standout Tajion Jones (21 points) and Drew Pember (20 points) combined for 41 of the team’s 68 points.
Georgia State is off until next Sunday, November 27, when the Panthers host Belmont at 2:00 p.m. at the GSU Convocation Center.