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