Georgia State matches a record with 8th win

The Georgia State men’s basketball team won its eighth consecutive game with a 71-68 victory over Utah Valley on Saturday. The mark ties a record set by by the 2000-01 team, the last Panthers team to make it to the NCAA tournament.

Georgia State (8-3) will get a chance to set a new record when it hosts Georgia Southern on Thursday.

The Panthers were led by Devonta White and Jihad Ali, who combined to score 33 points. Ali’s steal in the final seconds secured the win.

A few quick takeaways from the game:

The Panthers thought Utah Valley might be a tough place to play because of the altitude and the fact they would be facing unknown officials. The Panthers fell behind by nine in the first half but used a 10-0 run to take a halftime lead. That seems like a good sign. The team could have collapsed at that point in the first half, but come back. Hunter said earlier in the week that he has had a sense that the team seems like its waiting on for its bubble to burst. They were called for 22 fouls, compared to Utah Valley’s 20, but they didn’t get rattled.

The team stayed disciplined. Two players key to Georgia State’s defense — James Fields and Eric Buckner — picked up their fourth fouls with a lot of time remaining. However, neither picked up another. The aggressiveness was still there: Utah Valley hit 38.9 percent of its shots. The Panthers also forced 17 turnovers.

The offense is coming around. Hunter said after the win against Rhode Island that he thought the team was finally starting to play offense the way he wants them to. Though they didn’t score 96 points again, they did surpass 70 in a tough place on 49-percent shooting.

Free throws….The free-throw shooting was bad, though. The Panthers hit just 16 of their 28 attempts. Fields, White and Ali each missed their second attempt in the final minute when Utah Valley was fouling to try to claw its way back.

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu.

40 comments Add your comment

zgoldatl

December 18th, 2011
9:47 am

Congratulations Panthers on another great win. Looking forward to thursday night. Finally get to show Ga Southern who the real GSU is.
Go Panthers
Bleed Blue

RidgeRunner

December 18th, 2011
10:04 am

A win is a win but with better free throws it could have been a little less close. Give UVU, they played tuff.

bleedBlue

December 18th, 2011
10:42 am

good job panthers -
finally a decent coach and team on the basketball court -
hopefully we continue to do well in the conference games in the CAA.
it is going to be tough against teams like VCU.

we shall see in the next month on how things pan out …

4everBlue

December 18th, 2011
10:59 am

Way to go Pangthers, great job and thanks for bringing home a W. Coach Hunter is awesome let’s pack the arena for the gnats game on Thursday.

GSUUSOCCER

December 18th, 2011
11:47 am

Good job team & Coach Hunter, keep it up!

Let’s make it a record 9 in a row against Southern and then onto CAA play, where we will find out what this team is all about!

GSU_Tang

December 18th, 2011
12:41 pm

Great job! A tough win with all the conditions they faced. Learn to win and build up a better and better team. Will be there next game this Thursday. Go Panthers!

Georgia Southern Eagle

December 18th, 2011
12:57 pm

Hi GSU fan,
The real GSU will be crowned. Go Eagle!!!!

Georgia Southern Eagle

December 18th, 2011
12:58 pm

The real GSU is Georgia Southern University!!! I am proud to be a GSU eagle fan.

Nick Bray

December 18th, 2011
1:07 pm

Your own Athletic department does not even call you GSU. Why this is even a debate is beyond me…

ajg-marietta

December 18th, 2011
1:27 pm

Hard win under tough conditions for the Panthers. This team is really turning out to be something special. Like Coach Hunter says, “Why can’t we win now? Who says we have to wait 2 or 3 years? Is there a law or something in the bible? “

SouthernShmouthern

December 18th, 2011
1:57 pm

let’s go panthers!! i am SO READY to bring the house down on thursday. southern, make sure to bring tissues and some pullups.

hammer22

December 18th, 2011
2:30 pm

Great win for us. Guys really showed they can play tough.

itsmeagain

December 18th, 2011
4:26 pm

I’m thinking we can win the next two games. Lets set the new record at (at least) 10 wins in a row. Ron Hunter doing that in his first season, just unbelievable.

Tucker

December 18th, 2011
4:34 pm

The answer to the question “Who is the real GSU?” can be found at
http://www.gsu.edu

Bald Eagle

December 18th, 2011
8:14 pm

those daggum city slickers up in atlanta have done stole our name! there needs to be a criminal investigation into this here issue!!!

Panama

December 18th, 2011
11:09 pm

I wonder if we score 100 on Thursday?

Prediction?

Paaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin!

Panama

December 18th, 2011
11:13 pm

@Bald Eagle
Yeah we stole the name 20 years before you had it and oh yeah your school says youre GS.

Why dont you come up to the GSU Sports Arena and watch your team showcased as the Washington Generals in our Slam Dunk Exhibition.

Go GSU Panther

4everBlue

December 18th, 2011
11:59 pm

Let’s go get this one and the next and the next and the next. Coach Hunter is Santa Claus and all I want for Crima is a Southern beatdown.
GO PANTHERS!!

Bald Eagle

December 19th, 2011
12:35 am

@Panama
i dont like the tone of your voice, we are edjumakated down here at the real gsu and dont take kindly to your kind. we have all right to use gsu as our name and to have the confederate flag be the official flag of the real gsu!!! i thunk all you city boys is skeered!!! we are high classs down here in statesboro, we have an applebees, chili’s, ruby tuesdays, zaxbys, and we just got us a longhorns down here, so dont think we arent on yur level.

Itsmeagain

December 19th, 2011
1:08 am

Frank Williams

December 19th, 2011
8:47 am

Work hard and good things will continue to happen. Go Panthers and Go Boom.

4everBlue

December 19th, 2011
9:11 am

Who is Boom?

GSU_MEX_ALUM

December 19th, 2011
11:01 am

GO CRH AND PANTHERS!

MAKE IT 9!

GStateBen

December 19th, 2011
11:40 am

“Boom” is James Fields.

Invisible Fan

December 19th, 2011
12:18 pm

Yep…that Panther gym will be rocking with all 250 fans. Whooooaaaa!! Bring your ear plugs!

Bald Eagle

December 19th, 2011
2:03 pm

@invisible fan

U done hit the daggum nale on the head! I wish we could have 250 fans show up to our basketball games but I think I speak for the rest of the real gsu fan base the we are kinda skeered of this ghetto game called basketball. I thunk we need to keep those criminals out of our campus and let them stay in those big and scary cities.

BariBlue

December 19th, 2011
4:53 pm

Let’s got State! Keep that momentum up! See you @ the gsou game… make us proud!

I love Ga State's basketball gym because my doctor's office is right underneath on the fifth floor.

December 19th, 2011
4:55 pm

<——————————————– This.

People care about Ga State athletics.

December 19th, 2011
4:56 pm

<—————————————— Sarcasm.

BariBlue

December 19th, 2011
4:58 pm

lol Bald Eagle, you are a fool

Degrees from Georgia Southern are relevant and respected!

December 19th, 2011
5:00 pm

<___________________________________________ Really???

GSOU Alum: "I met my first love in Statesboro. She had THE SEXIEST udders!

December 19th, 2011
5:06 pm

Bald Eagle

December 19th, 2011
7:01 pm

@bariblue

ARE YOU CALLIN ME A FOOL???!!! THIS IS THE KINDA DISREPCT THAT I GET FOR SPEAKIN MY DAGGUM MIND…YOU CITY FOLKS REALLY DO GET ME ALL WORKED UP!!! I INITALLY CAME IN HERE BECUSE IT SAID GSU, BUT WAS TRICKED, BUT I SHOULD EXPECT GETTING TRICKED BY SOME BIG CITY NEWSPAPER. I WILL BE AT THE GAME THIS WEEK ALL FIRED UP, BUT I AM SURE SKEERED TO GO TO THAT CAMPUS WITH ALL THEM HOODLUMS WALKIN AROUND…ARE THERE POLICEMEN AROUND TO MAKE SURE I WILL BE SAFE.

Itsmeagain

December 19th, 2011
9:35 pm

Southern girls just aren’t making any sense anymore. And I’m not talking about Bald Eagle

Too Funny

December 20th, 2011
8:58 am

This is hilarious….

Even the AJC recognizes that Ga Southern is a small college.
Quoting from their section on the website called

“Small Georgia colleges and their opponents…..”

“From Shorter College to Savannah State, follow your favorite Georgia
college teams on AJC.com. Find game stories, notes and news from Georgia
Southern, West Georgia, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, Albany State,
Valdosta State and their opponents.”

Too Funny

December 20th, 2011
8:59 am

Just applied to the Ga Southern School of Law…. hope I get in to such a prestigious school
known for it’s business school, MBA program, and school of law.

Too Funny

December 20th, 2011
9:00 am

Congratulations Ga Southern you spent 30 years building a decent FCS football team while State built a ranked business and law school.

Since I don’t play football I had to pick a school based on academics not entertainment.

Too Funny

December 20th, 2011
9:00 am

Before you start bragging about your performance during the Alabama game could you at least score more than 7 points against North Dakota.
After 30 years of football you can only score 7 points. Well at least your getting a good degree from a school known for partying and fill-ins for the cast of Real World.

Bald Eagle

December 20th, 2011
10:13 am

@Too Funny

listen here mr not funny!!! i dont take kindly to your words about the only gsu that counts!!! we are well known in the college football world…whether you like it or not!!! i am glad we dont have a law or business school b/c that is for a bunch of slick, lying city people trying to screw over the reguler man!!! n dakota could beat alabama b/c we only scored 7 against them but more against alabama, dont you get that or see it!!!! you fake gsu fans really are crazy and out of touch with how good we are down here…u r just jealous!!!

c u thursday in the ghetoo!!!

GSUBB

December 20th, 2011
12:16 pm

Setting a record for consecutive wins against Southern will make it that much sweeter. I hope some of you Southern fans can make it to the game.