It was the worst possible Christmas gift UTSA Basketball could have hoped for as Georgia State ruined Christmas for the Roadrunners with a 99-68 win at the Convocation Center on Sunday afternoon.
RJ Hunter was the star for Georgia State as he hit a career high 41 points with 36 of those coming from distance, thanks to 12 3-pointers, in a dominant performance.
By contrast Jordan Sims was the high for the Roadrunners as he managed 17 points, a season high, and six rebounds, while James Williams was just one behind for a season best of his own.
Surprisingly UTSA did edge one vital statistic as they led the rebound count 31-24, in another positive note the game was also their best performance outside the arc with 11 3-pointers.
UTSA actually started the game well with the opening basket and a 3-pointer giving UTSA an early 7-4 lead but that was going to be about as good as it got for the Roadrunners.
Manny Atkins quickly put Georgia State in front with a dunk and a 3-pointer that started an 18-0 run from the Panthers, giving them a lead they would never relinquish.
Sims managed two 3-pointers with nine minutes to play in the half, but it was still a long way off, with UTSA trailing 27-15.
It was only a speed bump for the Panthers as they quickly regained the upper hand and pushed out again to lead at the break by 18, 46-28.
The lead pushed out to 30 before UTSA mounted a comeback, of sorts, with a three point play from Kaj-Bjorn Sherman starting a 15-2 run from the Roadrunners.
The Roadrunners were impressive from range in that run with three straight three-pointers forcing Georgia State to use a time out before the run was completed with UTSA cutting the gap to 17 at 71-54.
Unfortunately for UTSA the Panthers woke up to the threat and cruised to victory with the lead barely dipping below 20 for the rest of the game.