Benlevi hit 5 of 7 3-pointers. He added seven rebounds and five assists. Thomas also had seven rebounds for the Panthers.
Georgia State posted a season-high 23 assists.
The Panthers were in trouble after the first half, entering halftime trailing 53-39. But the home team mounted a second-half rally to get back in it and ultimately earn the nine-point victory. The Jaguars' 53 points in the first half marked a season high for the team.
The Panthers improve to 2-0 against the Jaguars this season. Georgia State defeated South Alabama 69-66 on Jan. 17. Georgia State matches up against Appalachian State on the road on Thursday. South Alabama matches up against Troy on the road next Saturday.
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