The bad and bad of Georgia State’s loss to Drexel

Normally after each game, we break down the good and bad of Georgia State’s basketball game. After the Panthers were blown out by Drexel 68-46 on Wednesday, I’m not sure there were any good things. The team will host VCU on Saturday.

The Bad

The offense. When a team is held to one point for more than 10 minutes, it’s safe to say nothing is working. Other than James Fields’ free throw (more about that) 5 minutes gone into the second half, the Panthers did nothing on offense until a Jihad Ali jumper six minutes later. When the team can’t score, it can’t press. When it can’t press, it can’t score. The 46 points were the fewest this season and 18 points in the second period were the fewest in a half.

Coach Ron Hunter tinkered with the starting lineup for the second time in three games, putting Josh Micheaux back into the starting lineup and moving Jihad Ali back to the sixth-man role that he seemed to flourish in earlier this season. Brandon McGee remained in the starting lineup. The move was a push. While Ali scored a game-high 17 points, McGee contributed virtually nothing for the second consecutive game. Ali clearly seems more comfortable coming off the bench, but Hunter needs someone else to score. Without Ali, there’s not a single player in the starting lineup that can consistently hit a jump shot.

3-point shooting. The team missed 9 of its 11 3-pointers. Tired legs may have had something to do with it. The team was playing its fourth game in a little more than a week.

Free-throw shooting. The team missed seven of its first 14 free throws.  It finished 10 of 19.

The defense. The Panthers had all sorts of trouble again defending 3-point shots. After an 0-for-6 start, the Dragons hit four consecutive to take a 37-28 halftime lead. The team was also outrebounded 40-31.

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

7 comments Add your comment

GSU

January 25th, 2012
11:58 pm

Just embarrassing. Our athletic department is a complete joke. Time to clean house.

GSU is in Atlanta

January 26th, 2012
12:27 am

S#!t happens, move on to the next game vs. VCU and keep the undefeated at home streak alive.

We beat Drexel by 14 earlier this year, so who know what will happen if we play them again in Richmond.

Sluggo

January 26th, 2012
12:35 am

CRH has consistently complained about having to fly everywhere. Probably has caught up with us. Just hope the guys don’t use that as a built-in excuse to perform poorly on the road. Time to bounce back and pounce on VCU. Go Panthers!

RidgeRunner

January 26th, 2012
9:42 am

Drexel has been very consistent offensively and defensively since their defeat in ATL. As CRH said our guys have been in a valley since the second week of the year. Strong defense against a not very offensive team knocked the Panthers to their collective knees.

Time to rebound on Sat. If not then, then their is no chance for a top 4 finish.

Alum88

January 26th, 2012
11:11 am

Time to think about playing Vincent and Buckner at the same time. Put Vincent @ top of key to set screens and let Buck pull down rebounds.

GSUAlumBaseball81

January 26th, 2012
1:40 pm

@Alum88

Agreed! Try the Big Men together and see if we can dominate the boards. If we can’t shoot outside work the inside with theTwin Towers! See you Saturday against VCU. GO PANTHERS!

GSU96

January 26th, 2012
2:11 pm

It’s real quiet in here today. I guess all the prognosticators who only saw 4 or 5 losses on the remaining part of the schedule are running for the hills. No http://www.selloutsportsarena.com or anything. Anyway, beat VCU!