RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Marcus Brown scored 20 points and Georgia
State spoiled coach Larry Eustachy's debut for Southern Mississippi
with a 70-68 victory Saturday night in the Jim Thorpe Classic.
Tikoyo Barnett added 15 points and Malcolm Manier scored 13 in
the season opener for the Panthers, the preseason favorites in the
Atlantic Sun Conference. They will play host Nevada in Sunday's
Eustachy, the AP coach of the year in 2000, resigned from Iowa
State last year following a scandal related to his alcoholism. The
Golden Eagles, who hired Eustachy in March, will play
Colorado-Colorado Springs in Sunday's consolation game.
Georgia State led 39-38 at halftime and scored the first nine
points of the second half. The Panthers led 66-56 with 3:57 left,
but barely held off a charge from Southern Miss in the final
The Golden Eagles made a 10-2 run to cut the lead to two points
with 30 seconds left. They trailed 69-68 with 13.8 seconds left,
but Brown hit a free throw before Southern Miss missed twice as
time ran out.