GSU’s 11-game win streak snapped

Georgia State was defeated by George Mason, 61-58, on Saturday in Fairfax, Va. The loss snapped the Panthers’ school-record 11-game win streak in a battle of the CAA’s top two teams.

It is the Panthers’ first loss since beating beaten by Florida Atlantic on Nov. 14. They will return to the court for the “Barefoot Game” on Thursday against UNC-Wilmington. Coach Ron Hunter will coach in his bare feet to raise awareness of the work done by Samaritan’s Feet.

Georgia State (11-4, 3-1) was undone by poor free-throw shooting, an all-too familiar issue, and the difference between a charge and a non-call.

Georgia State, which was one of the worst free-throw shooting teams in the country last year under former coach Rod Barnes, hit 10 of its 17 free throws, while the Patriots were 18 of 21, including 10 of 10 by Ryan Pearson.

As big a factor as Pearson was on the line, it was another play he made that may have been the difference in the game.

With the Patriots leading by 1, Pearson bulled into the lane and ran over a Georgia State defender. No call was made. Pearson got the shot off, and Mike Morrison grabbed the airball and put it in to give the Patriots a 54-51 lead.

Josh Micheaux was called for a charge on Georgia State’s next possession, and Pearson hit both free throws the next time down the court to push his team’s lead to five with 27 seconds remaining.

The Panthers looked sluggish on offense in the first half, and Hunter said as much to the CSS broadcasters at halftime. Trailing 31-23 at halftime, the Panthers quickly rallied and tied the game at 31 with less than four minutes gone in the second half.

George Mason stretched its lead back to eight before James Fields hit a 3-pointer to give the Panthers the lead again, 47-46.

Ali led the Panthers with 19 points.

The good: The Panthers’ defense again played well, making it hard to tell if playing their third game in six days was a factor. George Mason hit just 37.3 percent of its shots. … Ali continues to be sharp on offense. … Georgia State could have packed it in and chalked a loss up to the road trip after finding themselves trailing by eight at the half. However, they rallied and were in position to win the game.

The bad: The Panthers’ offense wasn’t crisp at all tonight and is beginning to show what may be considered an over-reliance on Ali. Devonta White missed 10 of his 13 shots. Micheaux committed four turnovers. … The Panthers were outrebounded 39-32, and gave up 12 offensive rebounds.

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

29 comments Add your comment

gstate55

January 7th, 2012
10:40 pm

Thanks Doug for the coverage. On to UNCW. http://www.selloutsportsarena.com

Willjbutcher

January 7th, 2012
10:42 pm

We know Barnes can coach a team of players he didn’t recruit to compete with the best in conference, even on a bad night. This is reason to be excited about the potential of the team this season and ecstatic about hunters presence at GSU beyond. Tough loss, maybe shouldn’t have been one, but there is little reason for concern.

blazerdawg

January 7th, 2012
10:44 pm

Overall, great results and wins on a difficult trip. Go Panthers!

Panama

January 7th, 2012
10:51 pm

Tough tough loss but Mason is really strong in the paint. That and our kids looked real tired from this trip. Still if you go 2-1 vs. Drexel, VCU and George Mason you’re doing things right. I still think we go no worse than 23-6 and I dont see us losing at home. On to UNCW on Thursday.

itsmeagain

January 7th, 2012
10:52 pm

It’s certainly annoying, but it is what it is. We ended the weeks 2-1, which is beyond what i was expecting going in. And to think, one more win and we have as many wins as we had for the whole of last season.

GO PANTHERS

GSU is in Atlanta

January 7th, 2012
11:04 pm

Going 2-1 on this stretch is something to be proud of. I would have loved to have gone 3-0, but nonetheless this team is working hard and really had some tough calls to overcome at the end of the GMU game.

Onto UNCW and Sellout the Sports Arena!

BariBlue

January 7th, 2012
11:15 pm

This was a very hard-fought game on BOTH sides. I’m very proud of my Panthers for playing a good George Mason team so close at their house. We just need to keep our eyes on the prize and continue to improve. Here’s to a sellout against UNCW!

Brent

January 7th, 2012
11:29 pm

Was at the game tonight. Excellent effort; yes, sinking just 3 or 4 more from the line and bearing down to get a couple more FGs would have done it. Hunter has them on track.

GSU

January 7th, 2012
11:39 pm

Tough tough loss for the GSU Panther. It was so great to see Panther hang on to fight until the end.

gsu01

January 7th, 2012
11:48 pm

I was going to be very happy with a competitive 1-2 stretch so I will take 2-1 all day long!! GO PANTHERS!

Alumnus4Life

January 8th, 2012
12:00 am

WE FREAKING ROCK PEOPLE!!!! TOTALLY proud of our guys. Bad calls. poor shooting, off night and yet we ONLY lose by 3 AWAY??? We would have been BLOWN out last year. These kids are growing up right before our eyes and it’s AWESOME to watch. Next streak will be at least 10 and we’re gonna dance…..

GSWHO

January 8th, 2012
12:03 am

@alumnus4Life Totally agree. Don’t mean to go Vickie Valencourt on you but “That’s what’s it’s GONNA be”

Panther

January 8th, 2012
12:15 am

Fight Panthers! It was a close game with bad calls by the GM refs. Selling out the arena for UNCW! Thanks for the coverage, AJC.

BKenny678

January 8th, 2012
12:23 am

IN RON WE TRUST, Hunter is making it happen at GSU. Very proud of the showing our kids made. Great run can’t thank you enough and look forward to starting the next streak.

462 JC Camp Student Center

January 8th, 2012
12:32 am

On the AJC Sports main page, we get the following links:

GSU Men lose / UGa, too

Has got to be a first.

Paul Hewitt

January 8th, 2012
1:00 am

Pure ownage, Atlanta. Pure ownage.

GSU-Tang

January 8th, 2012
3:28 am

2 out of 3 is out of my expectation. Great effort. Proud of our guys. Looking forward to the next streak.

Doug Roberson

January 8th, 2012
10:47 am

If you want to follow on twitter, here’s the url: https://twitter.com/#!/ajcgsu

creative

January 8th, 2012
1:33 pm

Why is nobody saying anything about the heinous calls at the end of the game. First, their big man shoulder blocks our guy and then on the other end, a clear block is called charge. The refs blew the game there at the end. unacceptable

creative

January 8th, 2012
1:34 pm

good effort. We gotta get better at free throws though.

Doug Roberson

January 8th, 2012
2:06 pm

Creative, that’s what I wrote about in the blog.

GSU

January 8th, 2012
2:29 pm

FIRE CURRY!!!

GSU

January 8th, 2012
2:31 pm

Pretty embarrassing that our highest attended home game required a bunch of Georgia Southern alumni and students to fill up our arena. FILL IT UP!

GSU 05 Grad

January 8th, 2012
3:42 pm

@creative Nothing creative about ripping off what Doug said in his blog post.

Doug, thanks for the coverage.

GSU IS RIGHT

January 8th, 2012
3:53 pm

FIRE BILL CURRY! HE IS TERRIBLE. SEE WHAT DIFFERENCE A GOOD COACH MAKES? OUR BASKETBALL TEAM GOES FROM 9-20, 12-20, 12-20 TO 11-4 ALREADY! IMAGINE WHERE WE WOULD BE IF WE HAD A GOOD FOOTBALL COACH.

Hey Hewitt...

January 9th, 2012
7:04 am

Winning by three points at home to Georgia State doesn’t constitute “ownage;” it’s more like getting out by the skin of your teeth. Kennesaw State stomping your butt last year, on the other hand, has “ownage” pretty well written all over it.

460 JC Camp Student Center

January 9th, 2012
11:51 am

Anyone wanting to fire Bill Curry hasn’t got a brain. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

Sluggo

January 9th, 2012
12:41 pm

Good run Panthers. Let’s get back on track against UNCW.

GSU Bleed Blue

January 9th, 2012
3:21 pm

Let’s go Panther’s…… first 2011 basketball game seen on cable and I loved it. Just one comment about CRH….dude love you as a coach, but during the interview on TV and the one on 790 the zone….could you cut back on the 50 red bulls and 70 cups of coffee you drink a day. Still love what your doing.
Bleed Blue baby!!!!