Georgia State stuns Baylor in NCAA Tournament
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.