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 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