GSU survives Samford for 2nd victory

Reserve Jihad Ali scored a team-high 20 points to push Georgia State (2-3) past Samford 55-47 at the Pete Hanna Center in Birmingham on Tuesday.

It was the second victory in a row for the Panthers, who collected their first road win for new coach Ron Hunter.

Ali hit 7-of-12 from the field, including 3-of-6 3-pointers, finishing two points shy of a career-high set against George Mason last season.

“As coaches, you always want to play well and get the victory,” Hunter said. “Sometimes you have to learn to win when things do not necessarily go your way … as was the case tonight. We did not play well, but we were able to do the things we needed to for the win.

“I am proud of the defensive effort we gave again tonight. This is the second straight game that we have held a team to 50 points or fewer and that is not easy to do. If we keep playing great defense and getting the rebounds that we are getting, the scoring will come.”


  • Senior Josh Micheaux finished one rebound shy of his second double-double in a row, scoring 12  and pulling down nine rebounds. He also had three assists.
  • Samford fell to 0-3.
  • Sophomore Devonta White opened the game with back-to-back 3-pointers for the Panthers and he finished with 11 points and six assists.
  • GSU had a dominating rebound advantage in the first half of 25-12.
  • Georgia State will return home to face Liberty at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sports Arena.

17 comments Add your comment


November 23rd, 2011
8:41 am

Way to go Panthers, great game!!


November 23rd, 2011
9:24 am

The craze continues.

November 23rd, 2011
9:33 am

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November 23rd, 2011
10:10 am

Nice win on the road and great momentum builder for Saturday!

In Ron Hunter We Trust!

Isn't it still football season?

November 23rd, 2011
10:36 am



November 23rd, 2011
11:00 am

Great road win for the Panthers! Nice momentum builder for the Liberty game.

In Ron Hunter We Trust!


November 23rd, 2011
12:03 pm

Always nice to win on the road, esp against an old conference foe. Now let’s make it 3 in a row against Liberty Saturday night.

If you are in town this weekend, nice way to spend some time with the family on Saturday night! Come down to the Sports Arena. This is a fun team to watch.


November 23rd, 2011
2:36 pm

Let’s hope we can keep this up. Really hoping things are changing for the better with CRH. It certainly seems like it


November 23rd, 2011
2:46 pm

It’s still early in the season but I love the energy that CRH has brought to our program!

Keep working hard panthers and coach! I can’t wait to continue seeing the improvement!


November 23rd, 2011
10:57 pm

Man IUPUI sure misses Hunter. Their boards are lit up with “this wouldn’t happen if Hunter was here….” Thanks for the great win coach, glad you can’t be two places at once…lol


November 23rd, 2011
11:30 pm

Really happy about this victory. Not every game is going to be pretty, especially with some of the players we got right now, and we need to be able to pick up some victories while playing this way. We need either are free throw percentage or our 3 point % to jump up some.

GSU Panther

November 24th, 2011
9:18 am

I am happy for the team and coach. Keeps up the good work!!!


November 25th, 2011
2:08 pm

We only had 2 road wins all of last season, nice to get the first one out of the way early. Hopefully we can win the next to and go into our first conference game riding a 4 game win streak.

In Coach Hunter We Trust


November 25th, 2011
5:19 pm

Two victories against teams that beat us last year. I’d say we are off to a good start. A winning season is possible this year. Go Panthers!


November 26th, 2011
12:38 am

Great Job GSU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep it up!


November 26th, 2011
12:39 am

Basketball game tomorrow against Liberty at 7:30. Be there and be loud.


November 26th, 2011
8:38 pm

Who did GState play in football this week? Can we get a recap PLEASE???