The good and bad of GSU’s win over UNCW

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.

The good

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.

The bad

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.

15 comments Add your comment

Sluggo

February 1st, 2012
10:51 pm

That’s a very good win on the road. There are no easy games on the road as George Mason found out against Delaware. On to Hofstra. Go Panthers!

GSU is in Atlanta

February 1st, 2012
11:02 pm

Nice win tonight, but that free throw shooting was atrocious and won’t cut it against the upper teams in the CAA.

GSU

February 1st, 2012
11:03 pm

FIRE BILL CURRY!!!

GSUAlumBaseball81

February 1st, 2012
11:29 pm

Way to go guys! Good win. Now take it to Hofstra and relax at the free throw line. Deep breath and swish just ball it over the rim. Go BLUE from the ATL!!! See ya at home against Delaware.

gsu01

February 1st, 2012
11:37 pm

We needed a win pretty badly and got it. Lets go take care of Hofstra!

GStateBen

February 2nd, 2012
8:55 am

Good win. UNCW was in full tail spin mode and shutting down Smith and Rendelman was critical.

The top 4 teams play each other in the next two weeks so the opportunity for a top 4 seed is right in front of us.

RidgeRunner

February 2nd, 2012
9:44 am

Interesting that both team had terrible free throws. More people scoring but need more of it down the home stretch. Winning counts and that is what the guys did.

PantherCJ

February 2nd, 2012
12:35 pm

Guess who’ll be shooting free throws in practice this week? Everyone.

Go Panthers!

STATEment

February 2nd, 2012
4:22 pm

Much needed win and I was surprised by the way we won and how we played. HAVE to make FTs down the stretch of this season!

For the Love of Lefty

February 2nd, 2012
10:01 pm

Guess who’ll be running gassers from now until March?

PantherPrincess

February 2nd, 2012
10:34 pm

@ The HUNTER/LEVICK story in the AJC,

Sounds like Levick and Hunter have figured out we need out of the CAA. Awful basketball officials and terrible logistical travels. Please get us in a Southern Conference (BSC preferred) like we were when we helped start the SUNBELT CONFERENCE. Not Rocket Science! Please get us out of this nightmare!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PantherPrincess

February 2nd, 2012
11:45 pm

Go GSU Panthers!!!
Fight Panthers to victory
Our voices yell
You’ll hear us mighty and strong
We’re from the ATL
We’re gonna give them hell
Fight Panthers to victory
Drive on for the score
Blue – White
Georgia State is in the fight
G-S-U, G-S-U, G-A S-T-A-T-E[

GSU_2012

February 3rd, 2012
10:37 am

I am undecided if we need to stay in the CAA or if it would benefit us more to go to the Southern Conference. I think that if we ever have a desire to move up to a bigger conference in the next 10 to 15 years then we should stay in the CAA. The CAA, from top to bottom, in most sports, is the dominate mid-major conference. I will give So-Con credit, they are legit at football and there are other conferences that have their sports. But there is nothing Top to Bottom like the CAA. What we miss though are regional rivals and we get the painstaking trips up to the North every week. I feel like most times it is worth it, but with a travel schedule like we have had this year for basketball, and next year for some football games (Maine in November)…that logic could easily be questioned.

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Nick Bray

February 3rd, 2012
5:10 pm

Played good enough to win and that is all that matters. We never let their crowd into the game and that destroyed any motivation Buzz put in before the game. Wish I could make the trip to Hofstra, but that one isnt exactly next door. Go Panthers!