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Georgia State learns a hard lesson from losing to Richmond

Corey Allen, who earlier in the day was named Sun Belt Player of the Week, got into foul trouble early and drove in just seven points – well below his 22.5-point average – on a shot 3 for 11 with three rebounds.

Richmond (2-1) had five double-digit players: Tyler Burton with 20, Nick Sherod with 16, Grant Golden with 15, Matt Grace with 14 and Isaiah Wilson with 10.

Georgia State will next face William and Mary on Saturday

The Panthers got off to a horrific start from the floor, making just one of their first seven field goal attempts, and quickly fell behind 13-2.

“I don’t think we reacted well to the environment,” Lanier said. “I think we’ve moved away from the things that we work on every day.”

Georgia State trailed up to 13 points before a 12-4 run cut the lead to five points at 32-27 on a Nelson Phillips layup at 4:33. But it’s as good as it gets. Richmond went 7-0 and outscored GSU 17-9 and took a 49-36 lead at intermission.

“I don’t care how good the other team’s start is, in my mind we’re going to be in the game when it really matters,” Lanier said. “So when we reduced it to five it was just normal for the course that I expected the game to change. Then they shot well and we had a few bad possessions, turnovers. We just created a situation where we had a small margin of error and we had too many errors.

Williams was the bright spot of the first half. The senior was 3 for 3 from 3-point range and scored 13. But Richmond shot 53% from the floor, including eight from 3-point range.

Richmond scored the first five points of the second half and then used an 11-0 stretch – including two treys from Sherod – to extend the lead to 28 points at 70-42 at 13:50. Richmond led by no less than 32.

It was the first meeting between the two schools. Richmond improved to 9-0 all-time against Sun Belt Conference teams.

“This is one of those games where we’re going to have to watch the movie and learn from it and move on,” Lanier said. “We’re going to have two days to prepare for another well-trained team on Saturday and I think our team can really benefit from what happened tonight.”

Georgia State plays again this weekend in the Legends Classic at High Point, facing William and Mary in Game 1 on Saturday.