Recapping Georgia State’s win over Wilmington

Recapping Georgia State’s 75-61 victory over North Carolina Wilmington on Thursday at a not-packed, but-still-loud Sports Arena.

The Good

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.

The Bad

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.

Next

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

22 comments Add your comment

Georgia State

January 13th, 2012
12:42 am

Great for the Panthers!

GSU is in Atlanta

January 13th, 2012
12:55 am

Doug,

Thanks for the article and perspective on the game.

I am so hyped on our team for coming out and getting a W in front of such a great crowd. Hopefully this game will help set a precedent for the rest of our home games and that we can really make a run for the CAA.

Braying in Hunterville

PantherTalk.com

January 13th, 2012
12:55 am

Great night. Thanks for the coverage.

GSU is in Atlanta

January 13th, 2012
12:57 am

Doug,

Thanks for the coverage and perspective on the game.

I am hyped that we picked up the win in front of such a great crowd and hope that we can build upon the success to pack out the rest of the home games.

Braying in Hunterville

thanks

January 13th, 2012
6:27 am

…for the coverage and what a blessing for GSU to grab a man like Ron Hunter. Let’s ride this blue wave for as long as possible

RidgeRunner

January 13th, 2012
7:43 am

Good recap. On to Sat.

GSUAlumBaseball81

January 13th, 2012
8:17 am

Way to go Coach Hunter and team you all are AWESOME! Cheryl got this one right! GO GSU PANTHERS!!!

GSU

January 13th, 2012
8:45 am

The bad: those uniforms. No thanks.

GSU

January 13th, 2012
8:46 am

With that being said, glad we were able to support such a great cause. This needs more awareness and I’m glad we are providing it.

Alum

January 13th, 2012
9:12 am

Way to go Panthers!! Great game, great win great atmosphere great crowd! All the kids looked great, particularly Boom, Tay, TK, and Buck. Rashad looks like he’s ready to explode and per normal Ali is just “bringing the pain and making in rain”. Could not be prouder now let’s top the 11 game streak and dance out your senior year!!

ajg-marietta

January 13th, 2012
9:47 am

Nice recap, Doug. @Alum, I don’t know if anybody looked “great” because the shots just weren’t falling for a good part of the game. That said, it was good to get a solid win against a decent team.

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January 13th, 2012
10:24 am

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GSUBB

January 13th, 2012
10:28 am

@Alum I hope you are right on Shady. He is a key piece down the stretch. We need a shooting like him to get hot to really make some noise in the conference tourney.

GSUGrad06

January 13th, 2012
11:48 am

Official crowd was 2,698 per GSU athletics. It felt like more with the energy in the building last night. To you alums sitting home not coming out to the games, you don’t know what you’re missing right now. Coach Ron Hunter is a show in itself on the sidelines.

SRam

January 13th, 2012
2:56 pm

Y’all need to get more folks out. Your team deserves it. Go grab old college friends, neighbors, relatives. Fork over a few dollars and take them for free. Then see if you can get them to come back. 2,698 on a night when you have a “promotion” to help a charity. The place holds 3,400. In a sense, that’s a failure. Your enrollment is >30,000. Some of that has to be local students. The athletic dept. folks should be sending them emails…stoking the fire. Hate to see a good team get little support.

JaneySexySmooth

January 13th, 2012
10:13 pm

Umm Umm Fat old guy 104 J9 cute cute. I would sooooo do you daddy!!

Panther89

January 14th, 2012
12:03 am

Way to go CRH!! Looking forward to Saturday. Very proud of our kids glad how well they are doing.

Panther89

January 14th, 2012
12:05 am

Great job Panthers. Thanks for making us proud, Let’s beat Towson Saturday.

StateofG

January 14th, 2012
12:07 am

WHOOOO!! Great job kids. Keep up the good work.

OutSTATEd

January 14th, 2012
8:33 am

Team really coming together. Go beat Towson today, 3-4 more wins and we should be ranked nationally. Coach Hunter is making it happen.

Drcoache

January 14th, 2012
11:06 am

Basketball is driven by guard play. GSU must have great guards to be winning as such. Did GSU receive a blue chip transfer? Yes. Coach Hunter decided to play James Fields, an exceptional person and basketball player, who was maligned for three years under the previous coach. Even Coach Hunter is surprised. In Savannah, we are not. Boom is a ball player.
Boom!

OutSTATEd

January 14th, 2012
12:14 pm

@Drcoache.. Could not agree more! Boom is a great kid both on and off the court. Savannah should be VERY proud of James, I know we are here in Atlanta. To you and his family in Savannah please allow me to say that we have been honored to watch him grow up here and we can’t thank you enough for that.