NEW ORLEANS (AP) D'Marcus Simonds didn't play like the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year in Georgia State's semifinal victory against Georgia Southern.
He had six points and five turnovers in 28 minutes before fouling out of the Panthers' victory on Saturday. But he was back in form on Sunday, scoring 27 points as GSU defeated Texas Arlington 74-61 to win the Sun Belt Tournament championship.
The second-seeded Panthers (24-10) will be making their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 2015, and they will face No. 8 Cincinnati in the first round. Fourth-seeded UT Arlington, which upset Sun Belt regular-season champion Louisiana-Lafayette in the semifinals, fell to 21-13.