Georgia State defeated North Carolina Wilmington 68-53 on Wednesday. The Panthers (15-8, 7-5) had their way with the Seahawks, who have lost eight of their past nine games. Georgia State will play at Hofstra on Saturday.
Somebody not named Ali and Buckner scored. The Panthers had become dependent on Ali and Buckner as their only consistent sources of points. Well, Rashaad Richardson stepped up and scored 10 points in his second consecutive start. He added two 3-pointers.
Ali and Buckner scored. After scoring one point in the first half, Buckner scored 16 in the second half to lead the team with 17. Ali added 16.
3-point shooting. The team hit six 3-pointers, including five in the first half to blow open the game. They’ve hit 13 in the past two games, after hitting just 12 in the previous three games.
Defense…again. The team forced 15 turnovers that it turned into 22 points.
3-point defense. The Seahawks missed eight of their 10 3-pointers. The two 3-pointers were the fewest for a GSU opponent since Liberty dropped one on Nov. 26. The team’s past five opponents were averaging more than nine per game.
Free-throw shooting. The team missed a whopping 13 of its 21 free throws.
Devonta White. He’s not a freshman, but he seems to have hit that class’ proverbial wall. He was benched after being late for a practice earlier this week. He followed that by missing eight of his 10 shots.