Hunter mostly pleased with debut victory

There were some things his team could have done better, but Georgia State men’s basketball coach Ron Hunter was pleased with the 90-65 exhibition victory over Southern Poly in his opener on Monday.

Hunter said he was really pleased with the play of guards Brandon McGee and Devonta White, who Hunter said often put the team in the correct sets and made the proper decisions when to run and when to hold back.

Most were curious how Hunter’s up-tempo system would look and Monday provided a glimpse. The team took 78 shots, hitting 35. They weren’t accurate from the 3-point line, missing 20 of their 27 attempts, but Hunter said that should improve.

“We missed 20 3s and still scored 90 points,” Hunter said. “Our shot selection wasn’t the greatest, we have to clean that up.”

Hunter said the team did play fast, which he wants, but it also played in a hurry, which he doesn’t want.

“We need to distinguish between the two,” he said. “But I loved the tempo, loved the pace.”

The team was particularly sharp in the second half after the nerves calmed down. The Panthers scored 54 points in the second half, outscoring the Hornets by 20 in the second half.

“We want to wear teams down with the way we played,” he said.

The team rotated seven players, one less than Hunter plans on using. Tony Kimbro Jr. didn’t play because of an injury. He is expected to return for Saturday’s exhibition against Oglethorpe. White had 19 points and six assists in 33 minutes. He committed four turnovers; the team had 17. McGee had 20 points but committed three turnovers and didn’t have an assist.

The Panthers outrebounded the smaller Hornets by 23, 57-34.

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

15 comments Add your comment

Nick

November 1st, 2011
11:51 am

Thanks for the story Doug!

Panther08

November 1st, 2011
11:53 am

Panther08

November 1st, 2011
11:53 am

Awww dang…I guess I was second

GState

November 1st, 2011
12:12 pm

FIRE BILL CURRY!

hammer22

November 1st, 2011
12:12 pm

Thanks for the story Doug. I wasn’t sure if you were gonna cover basketball at all.

Doug Roberson

November 1st, 2011
12:29 pm

ill cover hoops, as well.

Ryan

November 1st, 2011
12:56 pm

That explains why we did not see Kimbro, was shocked he was not one of the “8″ after seeing him in practice.

GSUALUM09

November 1st, 2011
1:03 pm

Thanks for the coverage!

RidgeRunner

November 1st, 2011
1:21 pm

Nice piece. Keep up the good work. It was nice to see a good decisive exhibition win, something we have not seen in years. SPU fought hard and a Barnes coached team, I believe, would have struggled where the Hunter team was much more in control.

PantherCJ

November 1st, 2011
1:48 pm

It’ll be nice if there were some photos. I wasn’t able to get to this game.

Can’t wait for this new era of Hunter’s GSU Basketball.

GSU

November 1st, 2011
2:41 pm

While it was surprisingly close for most of the game, good to see quality depth allow us to pull away at the end. Great improvement over last year’s exhibition loss to Clark Atlanta. Let’s get better in the next game and then face off against McNeese State.

CJ

November 1st, 2011
2:52 pm

AWESOME Win Coach, congratulations and Welcome to STATE!! I was at the game and overall we looked much better than last year. I don’t know how we’ll fare in the conference but if we can get some established consistent shooting we should do much better than expected. Really thought our defense tightened up in the 2nd half and loved the full court press the entire game. Way to go!!

Itsmeagain

November 1st, 2011
7:16 pm

Great attendance for an exhibition, let’s hope it can last to the regular season. Also enjoyed the student section joining in with some of the chants that were going on. Gotta give the students a good time even of they don’t care for basketball

STATEment

November 2nd, 2011
10:17 am

54 points in the second half was fun to watch. More points than we scored in most full games last year.

STATEment

November 2nd, 2011
10:20 am

Suprized to see Richardson in the starting line up after he hardly played at all last year. Although he did hit some 3’s late, I image he started due to the smaller line up by southern poly. Coach said he though McGee had the potential to be one of the top 5 players in the CAA and he played like that Monday. Have to expect him starting asap.