The good and bad of Georgia State’s loss at Delaware

Georgia State was beaten by Delaware 77-74 in two overtimes on Saturday. It was the Panthers’ (13-6, 5-3) second consecutive loss. They will host James Madison on Monday.

The Good

Eric Buckner (part I). The senior had a double-double, with 19 points and 15 rebounds. He also had four blocks.

Brandon McGee. The senior, starting for the first time in 12 games, finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

“I thought that was big,” coach Ron Hunter said about the switch. “It opened the floor for us. Best start we’vve gotten off to in over two months. You have to guard Brandon. He played really good basketball. We are going to stay with it.”

Quick hands (part I). The team had 15 steals.

The Bad

First-half defense. In yesterday’s blog I asked if Delaware would be able to do what Northeastern did against Georgia State. Turns out they did.

Delaware missed its first 14 shots. It then hit 8 3-pointers in the final 12 minutes, 6 seconds of the first half. In the first halves of its past two games, Georgia State has given up 16 3-pointers. The Panthers were one of the Colonial Athletic Association’s best teams at defending the 3-point shot. The Blue Hens finished with 12 3-pointers. Hunter said he was as happy with the team’s effort on defense as he has been in several games.

“At some point you have to give the offense credit,” Hunter said. “They were all contested.”

Eric Buckner (part II). This isn’t all on Buckner, who had a very good game, but he is an unfortunate example of the team’s poor free-throw shooting. The Panthers, one of the worst free-throw shooting teams in college basketball last season (59.4 percent), hit just 7 of their 15 free throws. Buckner had a chance to win the game with 1.6 seconds in regulation, but missed one of his two free throws.  He also missed free throws in the final minute of the loss at Northeastern. The Panthers hit 6 of 10 in that 60-57 loss. He also missed a put-back at the end of the first overtime that would have won the game.

The bench. Hunter put Brandon McGee into the starting lineup to try and spark the offense. The team did surpass 60 points for the first time in three games. But the bench had very little to do with it, contributing just nine points in 38 minutes of play.

“It’s been that way every since we brought Jihad [Ali] back,” Hunter said. “That’s just who we are. Some things you can’t just change. You are who you are.”

Some players seems to be struggling with their offensive identity, such as Josh Micheaux and Tony Kimbro Jr.

3-point shooting. GSU hit just five of its 17 3-pointers, around its season average. Some of GSU’s players won’t put up the shots anymore, which puts more pressure on the offense. McGee missed two in the second overtime. Both seemed to rattle around before bouncing out.

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

26 comments Add your comment

GSWho

January 21st, 2012
6:06 pm

HOW do you go up 14-0 to start the game and lose? Looks like we’re back to being the doormat of the conference. Oh well it was fun while it lasted…. At least Barnes didn’t bother getting my hopes up.

English

January 21st, 2012
6:13 pm

Tough game. We came unhinged at the very end as we controlled the game even as it got close. I still think the law of averages will come back regarding the 3-point shot. The teams were unconsious behind the arc over the last two games. The law of averages knows that teams won’t be able to successfully sustain their long range assault against us. These are just two games. Yes, these games sting but we’re a top 6 team in the league and a few breaks our way and we’re easily in the top-4. This is why we play the game. Keep working hard Panthers! We’ll get it right again soon.

Go State!

Sluggo

January 21st, 2012
6:16 pm

Just wow! No time to dwell. Get back at it against JMU! Let’s go Panthers!

VCU, YOU ALREADY KNEW!

January 21st, 2012
6:17 pm

If you want to watch a REAL CAA team play, watch VCU whoop up on ODU tonight, see you in ATL soon panthers!

StateOfChaos

January 21st, 2012
6:21 pm

Almost as embarrasing as St. francis, West Alabama and Lambuth. Throw Hunter on the list of mediocre coaches that have come and gone. We should have destroyed both of these teams.

GSU

January 21st, 2012
6:36 pm

Unacceptable! Fire Hunter ASAP. This is terrible.

DIsappointed

January 21st, 2012
7:04 pm

When a team loses by 3 or less it is the coach’s fault. If they lose by more than that, it is the players fault. Hunter is a great coach, however he needs another strategy. Other teams have figured out our defense. I have faith that we will come back and start winning again. GO PANTHERS!

English

January 21st, 2012
7:24 pm

@ Disappointed. I don’t agree. Micheaux dribbled one off his leg with under 40 seconds left. We constantly drove too deep into their zone/defense and then were forced to throw up some kind of shot. Missed foul shots that could’ve iced it for us before it would’ve even got close. Buckner, when his FT shot does go it seems like he relaxes on his second. If he just stepped away from the line and reset himself even if he made the shot and approaced each with a clear mind then I think his FT shots would improve. These are things that should have been ironed out on the playground. It was sloppy basketball toward the end. Yes, credit Delaware for doing a good job.

Either way, the trolls on here calling for the administration to let him go are clearly off their meds. Please refrain from posting when not medicated.

Go State! Onto JMU!

BigElow99

January 21st, 2012
7:42 pm

Bump in the road, should cause the kids to work harder. Hunter needs this to understand the CAA is no joke!!

Doug Roberson

January 21st, 2012
8:19 pm

DI: I’m not sure teams have figured out the defense for two reasons.
The zones he uses have been around for a loooong time. They aren’t new.
Secondly, I think this has to do with a combination of the law of averages and better competition. The teams GSU beat during its school-record win streak weren’t the same caliber as the ones in CAA play. Most of them weren’t good teams.
As GSU has moved into the meat of the CAA schedule, the competition has gotten tougher and the averages are starting to flatten out.
Keep in mind that the Panthers are two possessions and a free throw away from being undefeated.

English

January 21st, 2012
9:12 pm

@ Doug, “Keep in mind that the Panthers are two possessions and a free throw away from being undefeated [in conference play].” Exactly. Keep up the good work and love your articles.

Any team can be beat on any given night. The CAA has been like this since we joined. Slowly the cream does rise to the top and different layers are established but GSU should find themselves firmly toward the upper half of this CAA bedrock.

Let’s Go State! Beat JMU!

Stateside

January 21st, 2012
11:46 pm

It says a lot that we’re this disappointed in the loss, considering what most expected going into the season. I love it.

Oh well. I still believe. Go Panthers!

WHAT??

January 22nd, 2012
12:09 am

Up 14-0 and lose? That’s coaching folks. Delaware is a sub .500 team that NEVER should have happened. Where is the up tempo and only playing 7. Substitutions looking alot like Barnes. In fact, the last two games were circa 2009-2010. These kids deserve better than this, they have been to this rodeo before.

GSUAlumBaseball81

January 22nd, 2012
1:56 pm

Got to make FT’s guys! Also, close games away in the CAA your not going to get the calls your way at the end. I agree this game should have been a win and up 14-0 to start should have given the coaching staff some clues as to how to maintain the domination all game. Let’s get it back to W’s on Monday against James Madison! GO GSU PANTHERS!!!

Nick Bray

January 22nd, 2012
2:06 pm

HAHA at the comments on this. These games are managed nothing like games in the past. How about you get off your lazy butt and go watch a game before you talk. Actually go watch a few so you know about basketball before you get on here acting like some big time GSU basketball fan. You guys are right- the kids do deserve better than this. They deserve better than to lose 2 games and have their coach’s job called for and everything called a waste.
Southern could always use the extra fans cause we sure dont need any like you…

RidgeRunner

January 22nd, 2012
2:30 pm

The arm chair coaches are having a field day.

itsmeagain

January 22nd, 2012
4:43 pm

Were still in this, no worries

NB4Coach

January 22nd, 2012
5:41 pm

FIRE HUNTER!!!!!

Alum99

January 22nd, 2012
6:00 pm

Touch loss kids great effort though. We are proud of what you guys are doing and only want the best for you. Good luck on Monday, get some rest and know that your true fans are behind you. Anyone that knows anything about BB knows that in order to get to the next level, you must face adversity and learn from it. These two weeks will make you stronger.
GO PANTHERS

Alum 2009

January 23rd, 2012
9:28 am

Tough loss. We believe in you GSU Panthers!!

GSU_2012

January 23rd, 2012
2:04 pm

I hope to see us throw it down tonight. The team has been really good at home and hopefully this will continue. If we win the next three, then these past two tough games will be looked at as a thing in the past.

Sluggo

January 23rd, 2012
2:42 pm

Some think they know it all while others are just trolling. Things will shake out in the end. It’s all about positioning yourself to be playing your best basketball when it counts: March. Learn from these mistakes and Charlie Mike! Go Panthers!

Sluggo

January 23rd, 2012
2:52 pm

Secondly, it could always be worse. As it stands, we are on pace to win 20 games; a much better outcome than the consecutive 20-loss seasons we have had to endure. Some of us didn’t just jump on board win football started (oops, I didn’t mean to say that). Go Panthers!

panther

January 23rd, 2012
3:27 pm

Lol. Valdosta state is all over the front page of the AJC. I guess that makes them as awesome as georgia southern (in my opinion they’re better, but whatever)

GSU Panthers

January 23rd, 2012
8:33 pm

Panther, why do you have to bring up Georgia Southern. I wish you would get over your inferiority complex.

GSUAlumBaseball81

January 23rd, 2012
10:58 pm

Play James Fields!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO GSU PANTHERS!!!