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Georgia State stuns Baylor in NCAA Tournament

1 year 10 months 4 days ago March 19, 2015 Mar 19, 2015 Thursday, March 19 2015 March 19, 2015 2:17 PM in Sports
Source: Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- R.J. Hunter's 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds remaining capped a comeback from a 12-point deficit and lifted 14th-seeded Georgia State to a 57-56 opening-game victory over third-seeded Baylor in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

With Ron Hunter, his father and coach, working the sideline in a rolling chair less than a week after tearing his left Achilles tendon celebrating the Panthers winning the Sun Belt Conference championship, R.J. shrugged off a poor shooting performance to come through when his team needed him most.

Baylor (24-10) did not score after going up 56-44 on two free throws with 2:54 remaining.

Pesky Georgia State forced three turnovers and Hunter scored nine straight points, including a 3 that brought chants of "R.J. 3, R.J. 3, R.J. 3" from Panthers fans at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

When Taurean Prince's desperation heave from beyond half-court bounced off the backboard at the buzzer, Ron Hunter fell off his chair amid a wild celebration.

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