CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Nat Dixon’s 18 points led the Chattanooga Mocs in a 71-48 defeat at the hands of Georgia State on Saturday afternoon. The contest was the final nonconference matchup for the Mocs.
Dixon was the lone Moc in double digits, with Makinde London adding eight points and a game-high nine rebounds. D’Marcus Simonds led the Panthers (9-4) with 21 points, six rebounds and six assists.
The Panthers looked to run away from the beginning. An 18-2 run over a 10-minute span was the early undoing. The score was 6-5 at 15:52 when a Simonds layup kick-started the spurt. Devin Mitchell capped it with a jumper at 5:30 for the 24-7 advantage.
GSU put it away to start the second half. It opened with a 17-3 run over the first six-plus minute of the second frame for the commanding 50-18 advantage. The Mocs (6-7) got some timely shots from Dixon and London midway through the period, but the Panthers did not afford an opportunity to get back into the game.
Dixon is averaging 18.7 points per game over the last three with 19 (at Tennessee Tech), 19 (at Jacksonville State) and 18 (Saturday).
Chattanooga grabbed 91.3 percent of the GSU misses, limiting the visitors to just two offensive rebounds, which matches the season low for a UTC opponent (Charlotte).
Both teams attempted 53 shots. Georgia State (32) hit twice as many shots as Chattanooga (16).
Chattanooga heads to Birmingham, Alabama, after the holiday break, beginning Southern Conference play at Samford. Game time is 8 p.m. (ET), with it airing on ESPN3/WatchESPN app.