Georgia State coach Ron Hunter directs his team during a game last season. (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Georgia State opens conference play with two wins in Texas

Malik Benlevi scored 22 points to lead the Georgia State men’s basketball team to a 73-69 victory over host Texas State in a Sun Belt Conference game Saturday night.

Georgia State (11-4, 2-0 Sun Belt) won for the sixth time in the past seven games.

Benlevi was 8 of 13 from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range, with seven rebounds. Devin Mitchell had 16 points, Kane Williams had 14 points, five rebounds and four assists and D’Marcus Simonds had seven points and a career-high 12 rebounds.

Tre’Larenz Nottingham had 17 points for Texas State (12-3, 1-1).

Georgia State opened conference play with a 63-58 win at Texas-Arlington on Thursday.

“That was a really big win in a lot of ways,” Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter said. “It is big to start conference play 2-0. I also don’t know how many teams will come into Texas and sweep both games this season. I didn’t think we played well offensively all weekend, but we did play great defense. We know our defense can win us games and it did this weekend.”

Georgia State will return home to face Sun Belt foe Louisiana on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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