ATLANTA -- Jihad Ali scored 22 points to lead Georgia State to a 61-57 victory over George Mason on Wednesday night, breaking the Panthers' three-game losing streak.
Ali's second 3-pointer in 4 minutes gave Georgia State (10-14, 4-8 Colonial Athletic Association) a 58-57 lead with 48 seconds left and the Panthers sealed the game at the free throw line.
George Mason (15-8, 10-2) didn't score after Mike Morrison's layup gave the Patriots a 57-53 lead with 2:52 to play to snap a seven-game winning streak. They went 0-for-5 from the field in the final 2:08.
Georgia State's Joe Dukes hit two free throws with 2:37 left to cut the deficit to 57-55.
Ali was 9-for-13 from the field and hit both of his 3-pointers in the final 4:28. Dukes finished with 10 points and 10 assists.
Kapita was the top-rated recruit from West Virginia in the class of 2015 and recently played at DME Academy in Florida.
With the Suns drafting Tyler Ulis, they now have five guards on their roster who attended Kentucky.
NBA fans will be looking forward to their newest players making plays like this next season.