Richardson's half-court heave at buzzer lifts GSU, 59-57

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ATLANTA -- Rashaad Richardson sank a half-court heave at the buzzer to give Georgia State a 59-57 victory over Tennessee State Tuesday night on day two of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Atlanta Subregional, played at the GSU Sports Arena.

Tennessee State's DeShawn Dockery appeared to win the game for the Tigers (1-4), coached by former GSU player Travis Williams, with a driving layup with two seconds left that put TSU ahead, 57-56. After a timeout, Manny Atkins inbounded the ball to Richardson, who caught the ball right at half court, turned and heaved the 45-foot shot into the basket.

The lead actually changed hands four times in the final 25 seconds and three times in last seven seconds. With the Panthers holding a 54-52 lead, TSU's Jordan Cyphers drained a three-pointer with 25 seconds left to put Tennessee State up, 55-54. Georgia State (2-2) then regained the lead on a pair of free throws by Cameron Solomon with seven seconds left to set up the final drama.

Devonta White scored a game-high 19 points for Georgia State.

In Tuesday's first game, Monmouth defeated South Alabama, 73-71.

The three-day event concludes Wednesday as Monmouth and Tennessee State play at 12 noon, followed by Georgia State versus South Alabama at 3 p.m.

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