Atlanta, Ga. - An unbelievable off-balance, half-court shot by Georgia State at the buzzer sank the Tennessee State men's basketball team, 57-59 on Tuesday night.
"It was a tough way to end the game," head coach Travis Williams said. "It was a see-saw game, and it came down to the last possession."
A three-point shot by Jordan Cyphers gave Tennessee State (1-4) a one-point lead with 25 seconds to go, but a pair of free throws allowed GSU (2-2) to inch ahead.
After a timeout, Deshawn Dockery drove the ball down the lane and gave the Tigers another one-point lead with only two seconds remaining.
"We knew that [GSU] was in the double-bonus, so we just wanted to draw some contact. Dockery had a chance to get inside the lane and he got to the rim," Williams said.
Another timeout-this one by GSU- set up the crazy finish.
The Panthers threw the ball to the half-court line where Rashaad Richardson caught it. He then tossed up a wild turn-around jump shot with two Tigers draped all over him. The ball bounced off the backboard and swooshed into the basket.
"My hat goes off to GSU. They made a shot when they had to," Williams said.
The Tigers dominated the stat sheet in almost every category, but the final score.
Kellen Thornton had a game-high nine rebounds, helping TSU win the battle of the boards, 37-27.
TSU won the tip, and just like last game, Covington hit a jumper to give the Tigers an early 2-0 lead. He then added a layup with 17:57 on the clock and TSU was up by six.
However, GSU fought back and eventually took the lead at 10-9 when GSU's Devonta White nailed one of his three first-half jumpers from behind the arc.
White finished the game with 19 points, which led all scorers.
TSU was down by five at the 8:39 mark, but Cyphers cut into the advantage with his second three-pointer of the half.
Minutes later, Cyphers drained his third three and Covington buried another jumper to make the score 22-21 in favor of the road team.
TSU led by as many as seven in the half, but a 4-0 GSU to close the half meant that the Tigers went into the locker room trailing 24-25.
Although the hustle points were even at 13 a side during the opening frame, TSU hurt its chances of scoring more points by committing eight turnovers.
The teams went back-and-forth for almost the entirety of the second half, but Miller started the scoring by converting on a lay-up.
GSU eventually went on an 8-0 run that spanned nearly three minutes to take a big seven-point lead.
The Tigers chipped away at the cushion with a strong tip-in dunk by Covington and a pair of threes by Dockery and Miller. Miller's triple gave TSU the lead at 52-51 with 2:24 left in the game.
Tennessee State had more points off turnovers (17-15), second chance points (12-5) and fast-break points (7-2), yet still lost.
GSU shot 43.8 percent from the field for the game, while TSU shot just 39 percent.
"This one hurts," said Williams after falling to his alma mater. "We have to move on and get ready for another tough game versus Monmouth University."
TSU will look to rebound versus Monmouth tomorrow at 11 a.m.