2. Foul trouble dooms Panthers. Both starters Jeremy Hollowell and Malik Benlevi fouled out with less than one minute to go. With both experienced starters out, sophomore Austin Donaldson was forced to enter the game. Donaldson's first possession was a crucial turnover, that led to the Mavericks tying the score at 65-65. Benlevi and Hollowell clearly were missed in the final stretch, especially on the last-second shot by Neal. The Panthers committed 18 fouls and gave up 20 free throws.
3. Turnovers the difference-maker. When the Panthers took over with a 15-point lead, the Mavericks decided to go up-tempo on defense, forcing 13 steals and 21 Georgia State turnovers. The Mavericks made the Panthers pay by scoring 24 points off those turnovers.
4. Bad offense, outplays good defense. The Panthers played phenomenal defense against the Mavericks, who are averaging 77 points per game and 46 percent shooting from the field. The Panthers held the Mavericks to just 35 percent from the field. However, the offense couldn't get it going as they shot 30 percent from the 3-point line and 58 percent from the free-throw line.
5. Bench the only bright spot. If the Panthers' bench didn't play the way they played Saturday, this game would have been a blowout. The bench provided 22 points, while the Mavericks bench scored only four points. Hollowell and Simonds were the only starters to score in double figures, while the Mavericks had four players in double figures.