The good and bad of Georgia State’s win over James Madison

Georgia State defeated James Madison 74-58 on Monday at the Sports Arena. The Panthers (14-6, 6-3) are undefeated at home this season, a perfect 10-0. They will play at Drexel on Wednesday, before hosting VCU on Saturday.

Here is the good and bad of Monday’s win.

The Good

James Fields. The senior tied a career-high with 21 points. He had eight rebounds and three steals. He was aggressive with the ball, driving the baseline and forcing James Madison to account for him.

Josh Micheaux. Benched before Saturday’s game at Delaware because opposing defenses simply stopped guarding him because he wouldn’t shoot, he responded with 15 points and 11 rebounds. He still seemed tentative to shoot, passing up a 3-pointer in the first half. But when he got the ball back, he drained the shot and took off from there. He said he had been overthinking and needed to follow his coach’s advice and get back to having fun.

Eric Buckner. He has been playing some of the best basketball of his career the past three games. Unfortunately and perhaps unfairly, it has been overshadowed by the fact that he missed two chances, one at the free-throw line and another layup, that could have won the game against the Blue Hens. He bounced back with 13 points, eight rebounds and six blocks. Plus, he hit seven of eight free throws. Double-plus, he just looked mean.

The bench. The Panthers got 26 points from their bench. Aside from Micheaux, James Vincent added eight points and Rashaad Richardson added three more.

The defense. The Panthers forced 21 turnovers that they turned into 23 points.

The Bad

Starting slowly. Because the Dukes were playing without Devon Moore, their starting point guard, this game shouldn’t have been close. The Dukes led by as many nine points in the first half and pulled to within three early in the second half.

Mental toughness. Coach Ron Hunter said his team has been playing tightly, which has gotten any better after the close losses. After they began to relax, they started to pull away from the Dukes. He said his team shouldn’t feel any pressure. It was picked to finish 11th. The pressure is on everyone else.

Free-throw shooting. Though Hunter laughs about it, this is something that has to improve come tournament time. The Panthers hit 16 of their 25 attempts.

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

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GSU Men's BB Fan

January 23rd, 2012
11:22 pm

Occupy Hunterville

January 23rd, 2012
11:30 pm

There’s no place like home. The trip back north will be tough, but at least they are travelling this week win a great win behind them.

GSU88

January 23rd, 2012
11:53 pm

Way to go panthers!! Boom, Buck were awesome. Loved the defensive effort keep up the great work. Get a win @ Drexel and let’s go for 16 on Saturday

Panther

January 24th, 2012
12:42 am

It looked so slow during the first half, I think they put themselves into a slump while they were away which carried through to today. However, when they got back into being at home they got back into their groove. Let’s hope it carries through to Drexel. Come VCU hopefully the home crowd can help push the guys to the win

Bruce Lee Has That Look In His Eyes…

January 24th, 2012
9:48 am

[...] Georgia State held James Madison to one field goal over a 13-minute stretch in the second half and coasted to a 74-58 victory. It was a matter of getting back to the aggressive defense that keyed its strong early season for Ron Hunter’s team. Here’s Doug Roberson’s good and bad. [...]

Sluggo

January 24th, 2012
10:13 am

GSU is currently 10th in the league in free-throw percentage at 65%. That won’t get it done down the stretch. Our perimeter defense has let us down the last few games. Drexel leads the league in three-point field goal percentage; exactly what’s be hurting us the last few games. In order to pull off the upset at Drexel, GSU must hit its free throws and guard the perimeter better. Simple but true.

GSU_2012

January 24th, 2012
10:16 am

it is amazing that with us hitting 16 of 25 from the line that it is actually better than our season average. Lets get a win on Wednesday and come back home with even more momentum

Steven Regal

January 24th, 2012
10:31 am

Fields deserves all conference honors for his leadership and defense. He and Buckner should both get some recognition within the CAA

RidgeRunner

January 24th, 2012
10:40 am

My bad is: Too many unforced turnovers. We worked for most of our steals but for the last 3 games we have given up too many easy turnovers. I would guess about 6 of them last night.

Panama

January 24th, 2012
11:09 am

+1 on Eric looking mean last night. There is something special about this team, this crowd at home this year. I still do not think we lose a home game this year.

The Bad: We have o consistent jump shooters and the word is spreading that we’re vulnerable from the arc

[...] Georgia State held James Madison to one field goal over a 13-minute stretch in the second half and coasted to a 74-58 victory. It was a matter of getting back to the aggressive defense that keyed its strong early season for Ron Hunter’s team. Here’s Doug Roberson’s good and bad. [...]

GSU is in Atlanta

January 24th, 2012
12:46 pm

@Doug, nice meeting you yesterday at Hunterville

Great to finally see this year’s Panthers in person and for them to come away with a W, even though the first 10 minutes left me wondering if the road trip hangover was here to stay.

On to Drexel

GSU is in Atlanta

January 24th, 2012
12:47 pm

@Doug, nice meeting you yesterday at Hunterville

Great to finally see this year’s Panthers in person and for them to come away with a win, even though the first 10 minutes left me wondering if the road trip hangover was here to stay.

On to Drexel

GSU is in Atlanta

January 24th, 2012
12:48 pm

DR, nice meeting you yesterday at Hunterville.

Great to finally see this year’s Panthers in person and for them to come away with a W, even though the first 10 minutes left me wondering if the road trip hangover was here to stay.

On to Drexel

RidgeRunner

January 24th, 2012
1:19 pm

Yep Panama I too think this is a special team. Getting the O up is the key while maintaining the D. That is easy to say but is harder to get done. Good luck seniors.

PantherCJ

January 24th, 2012
4:33 pm

Turnovers for Panthers are starting to go up, Don’t like that… Lets minimize those and force the opposition into turnovers… Go Panthers.

PantherAlum

January 24th, 2012
7:54 pm

More wins so far since 2004…Great job team you are making us very proud. Hope you shoot lights out on Wednesday good luck!!

STATEment

January 25th, 2012
8:55 am

If we were even a half decent FT shooting team we would be 19-1 (9-0)! Sad and scary at the same time.