The good and bad of GSU’s loss to Northeastern

Georgia State was defeated by Northeastern 60-57 on Wednesday at Matthews Arena.

It was just the Panthers’ (13-5, 5-2) second loss in their last 15 games, but knocked them out of a first-place tie atop the Colonial Athletic Association. GSU will play at Delaware on Saturday.

Good

Eric Buckner. The senior and center led the team with 17 points, six rebounds and six blocks.

Rebounding. The Panthers outrebounded (33-24) their opponent for the second consecutive game. But the Huskies seemed content to keep bombing 3-pointers, enabling Georgia State to surround the basket.

Bad

Free-throw shooting. The Panthers’ Achilles Heel last season, the team worked diligently on it during the offseason, even engaging in a good-natured contest against GSU President Mark Becker. However, with the team trailing by 3 and less than a minute remaining, Buckner missed two free throws. The Panthers were 6 of 10 for the game.

3-point defense. Despite playing what looked and sounded (shoutout to Dave Cohen) what seemed like good defense, the Huskies ripped the nets with 11 3-pointers. The Panthers were allowing 31-percent shooting from behind the arc this season. Was this a one-game mirage, or did the Huskies find something on film? I think coach Ron Hunter would likely be glad to see the other team shoot 21 3-pointers in most games.

The bench. For the third time in five games, the Panthers’ bench failed to provide much of a spark. Rashaad Richardson provided the only points on a 3-pointer in the first half. Hunter has a tough choice to make. Ali is the team’s only consistent jump shooter, so he needs to have him in the starting lineup. However, he also needs something from his bench. Richardson and James Vincent provided those sparks in the previous two games. Vincent failed to score against the Huskies, playing just three minutes.

Turnovers. The Panthers committed 13 turnovers, which isn’t bad. However, other than one spurt early in the second half, they couldn’t create any consistent pressure. The Panthers need that pressure to generate their offense because they are not a jump-shooting team.

Quote

“Road games in the CAA are tough. After getting down by 10, our team fought back and showed great effort. They never quit and I am proud of them for that. They showed me tonight that they really wanted to win and they left everything out on the court.

“There are still certain things we need to work on, but this is a process and we just want to make sure we are playing our best ball come March.”

– Ron Hunter, GSU coach.

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

10 comments Add your comment

GSU Men's BB Fan

January 18th, 2012
11:11 pm

Doug Roberson

January 18th, 2012
11:18 pm

GSU is in Atlanta

January 18th, 2012
11:22 pm

This is a tough loss that I hope is just a small bump in the road to the CAA tournament. No need to cry over spilled milk, so hopefully Hunter keeps his players heads up, corrects the mistakes, and has them ready to bring home a win at Delaware.

GSU Panthers

January 18th, 2012
11:41 pm

hammer22

January 18th, 2012
11:44 pm

When the opposing team is shooting over 50% from 3point line, it’s gonna be a tough game to win.

Great job pointing out how we aren’t getting points from the bench. McGee is a huge letdown and should be flat ashamed of his play this year. The boy has all the talent in the world and could easily be the best player on the team as he can both shoot the 3ball and play in the post effectively. Yet, he is doing nothing.

RidgeRunner

January 19th, 2012
7:10 am

Northeastern played very well. 53% s point shooting. Made 11 to our 3, difference 8 points.

GSU

January 19th, 2012
10:21 am

We just lost to a hockey school.

Are you serious?

GStateBen

January 19th, 2012
10:51 am

Tough loss. Too many forget how hard it is to win on the road in this league. Need to salvage a split at Delaware who should provide much less of an offensive threat.

Still worried about our bench. McGee, Richardson and Vincent have to be a factor on Saturday. While Buck’s FT misses were tough to stomach, he’s not been a good FT shooter in his career. Other guys need to be more aggressive and take the ball to the basket.

Onward and upward!

[...] The good and bad of GSU’s loss to NortheasternAtlanta Journal Constitution (blog)It was just the Panthers’ (13-5, 5-2) second loss in their last 15 games, but knocked them out of a first-place tie atop the Colonial Athletic Association. GSU will play at Delaware on Saturday. Eric Buckner. The senior and center led the team with 17 … [...]

slimseville

January 19th, 2012
10:05 pm

We definitely need more production from our bench players. Hope shaking up the starting lineup creates the spark we need offensively.