As the Georgia State football team wraps up its season on Saturday with a game against Campbell at the Georgia Dome, the men’s basketball team will have its home opener tonight against McNeese State.
New coach Ron Hunter’s team is 0-for-3 this season, losing each game in Seattle.
But the three losses aren’t discouraging. The team is still learning Hunter’s offensive and defensive systems, so rough spots are to be expected.
But the bight spots are pretty encouraging.
After shooting 29 percent in the first half of the loss to Portland, the Panthers hit 44 percent in the second half. Though they outscored their opponents by three in the second half, the nine-point halftime deficit was too much to overcome. The Panthers created 19 turnovers, seven more they were guilty of, and had 19 offensive rebounds. That may have resulted in sacrificing defense. Portland shot 52 percent in the game.
It was a similar story against Florida Atlantic.
The Panthers shot poorly in the first half (36 percent) only to tear it up in the second half (59 percent). They outrebounded the Owls (32-25), including grabbing 18 on the offensive end. But the FAU shot 55 percent in the game.
So, if the Panthers can get these first-half issues under control and tighten up the defense a bit…
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Follow me on twitter @ajcgsu.