The Panthers crowd. It was the largest since Feb. 2008 when the Panthers played Florida State. It was also loud. Very loud. James Fields said after he got used to the noise and energy, it was awesome. UNCW coach Buzz Peterson described it as much different than it was last year.
The orange uniforms. Rashaad Richardson described them as “sweet.”
The defense. The Panthers held their fourth consecutive opponent to less than 40-percent shooting.
The bench. Led by Richardson, in his first extended minutes in four games, who scored seven points in 13 minutes. The bench players totaled 13 points. That’s more than they scored against George Mason (8) and VCU (2) combined, and the first time they scored more than 10 points in four games. Hunter said Richardson saved the team with his energy.
James Fields. He scored a career-high 21 points and had seven steals, one less than the school record.
The defense. It forced 18 turnovers which it converted into 26 points.
The opinions. Talking with other reporters at the game, they said they liked what they saw from GSU. One said he can see them winning the CAA. Others liked their defense.
The charity. Almost $2,100 was raised at the game, which will help Samaritan’s Feet provide shoes to children all over the world.
Defending the big men. GSU struggled keeping Keith Rendleman off the boards, just like they did against George Mason’s Mike Morrison, who had 13 rebounds in Saturday’s loss. Rendleman had 15 rebounds and led all scorers with 23 points. The Seahawks outrebounded the Panthers 40-32, the fourth consecutive game that’s happened. Hunter said he thinks Rendleman is one of the best players in the CAA.
The start. GSU was sloppy on offense in the first half, when UNCW successfully forced them to play more half-court sets.
Towson, which didn’t win a game in all of 2011 and hasn’t broken that streak since, comes calling at 2 p.m. Saturday.
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu