Georgia State hammers South Carolina State

Georgia State earned its fourth consecutive victory with a 85-54 win at South Carolina State on Tuesday. It’s the team’s longest winning streak since the 2008-09 season and the largest margin of victory on the road in school history.

The Panthers (4-3) shot 51.5 percent, including 62.5 percent in the first half.

Eric Buckner scored 21 points and Devonta White added 17, including hitting 4-of-5 from the 3-point line.

“Tonight was the first time this year that I felt as though we really played a well-rounded game,” first-year coach Ron Hunter said in a statement. “I thought we came out a little slow, but then our bench got things going. They played with energy and were able to give us some three-pointers which was really important.”

The Panthers bench, which usually involves just three players in Hunter’s preferred eight-man rotation, outscored the Bulldogs 36-9.

Buckner, whom Hunter singled out before the season as a player that could flourish in the up-tempo system, hit 9 of his 11 shots, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots. He is sixth on the team’s all-time block total (72).

Rashaad Richardson scored 12 points and Jihad Ali added 10 more.

Georgia State will host Florida International at 7 p.m. Thursday.

16 comments Add your comment

STATEment

November 30th, 2011
8:49 am

Largest margin of victory since 2004. Was very refreshing to listen to a win like that. Confidence is at a new high. Keep rolling panthers!

Sluggo

November 30th, 2011
9:02 am

Good information STATEment. I knew it had been a while since we had such a dominating performance. Great win for the guys. They have to be feeling really good. Good job CRH and staff. As I always say, they all come highly regarded but CRH is backing it up. Go Panthers!

panama

November 30th, 2011
9:22 am

Starting to get used to 85 to 90 pts a night. Cannot remember being this excited about GSU basletball since the Lefty years. Pounce Panthers!

Pantherdiehard

November 30th, 2011
9:25 am

Man, for a moment I thought this was a football headline from the future, but then I awoke.

RidgeRunner

November 30th, 2011
9:46 am

Like the old days of Lefty. The guys shot well and defended well. Good things may happen this season.

gsu01

November 30th, 2011
10:00 am

Great win! The CAA as a whole is slightly down this year and we will have a chance to make our mark for sure. We have three straight at home and have to take care of business!

GSUBB

November 30th, 2011
10:05 am

This was a our second road win of he season. We only won 2 road games all of last season. CRH is changing the culture of this team, and they are learning how to win.

Come on Thursday night as we got for 5 in a row against the Isiah Thomas coached FIU team from Miami.

GState

November 30th, 2011
10:08 am

Told you guys it would be a blowout.

GSU_MEX_ALUM

November 30th, 2011
10:09 am

Another great win for our Panthers! CRH just needs to keep pushing them to get better as the season progress and we should have a very good season! I would like to see the team keep improving in their FT shooting (8-14 this game) which is already way better than last year.

Note: Winning streak is GSU’s longest since the end of the 08-09 season. GSU allowing average of just 50.3 points per game during winning streak.

POUNCE PANTHERS!!!

Panther08

November 30th, 2011
10:27 am

Two Words: Coach Hunter!!!!

GSU_2012

November 30th, 2011
10:41 am

Great, dominating win. This game against FIU will be a good benchmark test this Thursday. I feel like we underperformed against Florida Atlantic earlier in the season. This is a chance for us to show more of what we are made of. I hope for a good home crowd too.

Nick

November 30th, 2011
10:47 am

Had a good time last night. Glad we took care of business. Now time to focus and prepare for FIU Thursday! Hope everybody can make it out and show Isiah Thomas how we play…

ajg marietta

November 30th, 2011
11:11 am

It’s early in the season but you can tell that this talented team believes in Coach Hunter. They are on quite a roll. Buckner is playing great and Ali, White and Micheaux are having great games.

Itsmeagain

November 30th, 2011
2:42 pm

More than anything you can see that clearly Rod Barnes was doing something wrong while he was here. CRH is a significant step up, and this is using the guys that Barnes picked up. We have a huge recruiting class coming in next season. Dont want to speak too soon but winning the CAA might not be as ridiculous as it sounds in coming years.

itsmeagain

November 30th, 2011
4:38 pm

I know it’s early yet, but when we get our new commits and CRH settles in a bit, i believe we could win the CAA

GSU student

November 30th, 2011
5:07 pm

Great works! Congratulation to to Panther team and coach.