Hunter scores 19 and Georgia State pulls away to beat South Alabama 65-54


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MOBILE, Alabama — R.J. Hunter scored 19 points and Georgia State made six free throws in the final 48 seconds to turn back South Alabama 65-54 on Saturday.

Kevin Ware added 15 points and Markus Crider had 14 for the Bulldogs (16-8, 9-4 Sun Belt), who finished 14 of 16 from the foul line.

Taishaun Johnson had 17 points for the Jaguars (7-17, 5-8).

Georgia State used an 11-0 run to build a 41-34 lead with 13:14 to play but the Jaguars followed with a 7-0 to tie it. A 9-2 run rebuilt the lead to 56-48 with 4:24 to go and South Alabama got no closer than five, on a Ken Williams 3 with 58 seconds left.

Ryan Green, Ware and Hunter each made a pair of free throws to secure the win.

Hunter made all seven of his free throws, grabbed five rebounds, and added five assists, three steals and three blocks.

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