Greenville, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Manny Atkins recorded a double-double with 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead the way as the Georgia State Panthers downed the East Carolina Pirates, 89-82, in non-conference action at Minges Coliseum.
Ryan Harrow poured in 24 points and handed out nine assists for Georgia State (7-6) as it picked up its fourth consecutive victory. R.J. Hunter chipped in 22 points while Curtis Washington pulled down eight boards.
Akeem Richmond paced ECU (10-4) with 21 points. Prince Williams tallied 18 points and seven assists. Michael Zangari added 16 points, Caleb White had 13 points and Paris Roberts-Cambell contributed 10 points to go along with six rebounds in the setback.
The Panthers connected on 46.9 percent of their shots from the floor in the opening half to take a 35-27 lead into the intermission. ECU was limited to just 34.6 percent efficiency from the field including a 1-of-11 clip from beyond the arc in the first half.
GSU converted 13-of-18 attempts at the free-throw line and 3-of-6 tries from behind the 3-point line in the second period. The Pirates could not overcome the first half deficit despite making good on 14-of-17 attempts at the charity stripe after the break.
The Panthers outscored ECU, 52-32, in the paint and netted 18 points off of turnovers in the contest.