GSU hammers FIU

Here’s a copy of last night’s game story, if you didn’t see it.

Georgia State coach Ron Hunter arrived earlier this year with a reputation for a high-powered offense.

Well, the Panthers’ defense is not to be overlooked.

Georgia State (5-3) blew out Florida International 73-47 on Thursday at the Sports Arena by limiting Isiah Thomas’ team to 24.1-percent shooting, including 20 missed 3-pointers in 24 tries.

“In 18 years I don’t think I’ve had a team like this defensively,” Hunter said.

It was the Panthers’ fifth consecutive win, the longest winning streak since the 2003-04 season. They started the season with three consecutive losses at the World Vision Classic in Seattle as the team began adjusting to Hunter’s up-tempo systems.

When they got back to Atlanta, Hunter decided to scrap some of the defensive concepts he was trying to institute in Seattle and went back to more familiar schemes, such as a 1-3-1 matchup zone and different presses.

The Panthers have picked up the changes quickly.

They have averaged 70.8 points and limited opponents to 49.6 during the winning streak. They are outrebounding (43–34.2) and outshooting (43.8 percent to 31.6) foes.

“Our defense in Washington was pathetic, and that was on me,” Hunter said. “It was too early. But this team definitely plays defense with a chip on their shoulder. I coach with a chip on my shoulder.”

Florida International (2-4) tried to use its smaller lineup of shooters to stretch the Panthers’ defense. Instead, the strategy left its three and sometimes four guards covered and GSU forward Eric Buckner free to roam the middle. He had eight blocks, one less than the school record. However, the team still set the school record for blocks with 14 and forced 16 turnovers.

“Everybody on the outside is playing hard,” said Buckner, who also had seven points and seven rebounds.

Georgia State took a 38-34 lead eight minutes into the second half and used its defense to pull away, allowing Florida International only five points during the next eight minutes.

Tony Kimbro Jr. gave the Panthers a 12-point lead, their largest of the game at the point, on a 3-pointer from the corner with less than 10 minutes remaining. The basket came in the middle of a 23-5 run that gave Georgia State a 61-39 lead with 4:57 remaining.

“We know that if we set the tempo [defensively], we can dictate the rest of the game,” said Rashaad Richardson, who led Georgia State with 14 points.

15 comments Add your comment

GSU_MEX_ALUM

December 2nd, 2011
1:25 pm

GSU_MEX_ALUM

December 2nd, 2011
1:27 pm

Defense is doing a great job!

GeorgiaState1913

December 2nd, 2011
1:53 pm

I have a feeling we are going to do MUCH better than the preseason prediction for 11th place in the conference…

Itsmeagain

December 2nd, 2011
2:09 pm

Well, so far we’ve played 8 games, had 3 losses and 5 wins. The losses were against the hardest teams on our schedule, and none (or arguably one) was a blow out game. Of the wins we have had, 4 of the 5 were blow outs. Granted we are playing easier teams, but we are also blowing them out. What that’s says to me is that we can increase the competition to the point that we are not blowing them out but can still win. Is that the top of the CAA? I hope so…

RidgeRunner

December 2nd, 2011
2:39 pm

Five in a row and counting. Keep it up Panthers.

Sluggo

December 2nd, 2011
5:51 pm

CRH has these guys playing some serious ball. FIU is the same team that beat G. Mason earlier in the year. Really excited to see how this team continues to progress.

Cheng

December 3rd, 2011
6:30 am

Congratulation! Great job GSU Panther!

quan

December 3rd, 2011
9:07 am

Great job Panthers. Only weakness I saw was we had a little trouble with the trap. Isaiah saw that late in the first half and adjusted. Fortunately we overcame it but I think backcourt ball handling should be high on the list of things to work on. Good luck today can’t wait for the game.

GSUAlumBaseball81

December 3rd, 2011
10:59 am

Great job team and Coach Hunter is for real! You have to make adjustments in sports to be successful. Looking forward to the GS vs. GSU game and we need to fill up the GSU Sports Arena for that one! We may surprise some Colonial foes soon! Guys keep up the great work!!! GO PANTHERS!!!

GSUAlumBaseball81

December 3rd, 2011
11:21 am

GSU sports fan on College GameDay too funny! Yes SEC you can use our Dome Sincerely, GSU! Gotta Love it! GO GSU PANTHERS!!!

gag state is terrible

December 4th, 2011
2:12 am

yay, go team, we’re number 1 – go panthers! you guys sound like fruit loops

Calvin

December 4th, 2011
9:35 pm

Cheryl,
The ft chant HAS TO STOP. I brought a group of 5 y/olds to the game and had to explain “put it in the hole, that’s what she said” to all of their parents since they kept repeating it. Can’t you come up with something a little more appropriate? I will not be back…..thanks

Big win, plus no students robbed leaving fourth floor gym. WIN, WIN.

December 6th, 2011
10:37 am

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December 6th, 2011
11:46 am

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GSUtimes2

December 6th, 2011
4:24 pm

Looking forward to Dec. 22….