The good and bad of GSU’s win over Hofstra

Georgia State sent Hofstra back to its ghost ship with a 59-43 win on Saturday.

It was a lot like the Panthers’ win over North Carolina Wilmington on Wednesday: Georgia State hit a lot of 3-pointers in the first half; shut down the other team’s best player during that same span, and then made a run when it needed to put away the game in the second half.

“I’m starting to see some things that I like on offense,” coach Ron Hunter said.

The Panthers (16-8, 8-5) were able to keep the two-game gap that divides them from the four teams (at the time this was written) that are tied atop the Colonial Athletic Association standings. Hunter wants to secure a top-four seed, which comes with a bye, in the tournament’s first round. The team has five conference games remaining.

The good

Devonta White. The sophomore shook out of a slump to score 15 points, including three 3-pointers in the first half.

Rashaad Richardson. He had his second consecutive solid game since being moved into the starting lineup. He had 12 points, all on 3-pointers. Three of those came in the decisive first half.

Eric Buckner. He blocked six shots and is now the school’s all-time leader, by one. He broke Zavian Smith’s (128) mark.

Free-throw shooting. After the team’s horrific performance against UNCW (8 of 21), the Panthers bounced back to hit 10 of 13. A special note about Buckner. Since missing the free throw that would have defeated Delaware, he has bounced back to hit 15 of his past 21 free throws.

The defense. Mike Moore was the CAA’s leading scorer with more than 19 points per game. He had two points in the first half against Georgia State. He finished with 13. Keith Rendleman, UNCW’s best player, didn’t score in the first half on Wednesday. The team formerly known as the Flying Dutchmen shot 29 percent (17-for-58) for the game and missed 19 of their 22 3-pointers.

The bad

Turnovers. Georgia State had 17, seven more than Hofstra.

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

14 comments Add your comment

GSU is in Atlanta

February 4th, 2012
9:31 pm

Nice win tonight and congrats to Eric Buckner for setting the all time blocking record and will soon break the single season record.

Thanks to CRH for giving GSU its first winning season since 2003-2004 and thanks to all the players for working hard, especially the seniors.

gsu01

February 4th, 2012
9:50 pm

Great road win! Time to take care of business at home and position ourselves for that Top 4 finish! Go Panthers!!

RidgeRunner

February 4th, 2012
10:34 pm

Any road win is a great win, congrats. It sounded like many of the turnovers were unforced. Another bad was that they allowed 18 offensive rebound by Hofstra who was suppose to be a shorter team.. Now we have 2 at home and a time for the guys to sleep in their own beds and attend a whole week of classes.

GStateBen

February 4th, 2012
11:27 pm

Good win over a bad team. 16 wins is a tremendous season and we have 7 more games this season.

Onward and upward!

For the Love of Lefty

February 5th, 2012
12:33 am

The Good: We Won.

The Bad: Haters (Ga Southern) Gonna Hate.

Suck it, Statesboring.

Sluggo

February 5th, 2012
12:53 am

Another good win for the good guys. Let’s take care of home court and push for 20 wins.

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GSU 78

February 5th, 2012
9:37 am

Nice win! Now lets keep it going!!!

zgoldAtl

February 5th, 2012
10:54 am

Good win boys. Let’s get a top 4 seed

GSU

February 5th, 2012
12:27 pm

FIRE BILL CURRY!!!

STATEment

February 5th, 2012
12:37 pm

I am impressed with the way we have won the last two games on the road. We didn’t win games on the road in years past especially not as convincingly as these past two. Let’s get these next two at home! Redemption!!!

OutSTATEd

February 5th, 2012
4:08 pm

AWESOME Road trip!! You all should be very proud of yourselves. CRH is doing a wonderful job and for all you Seniors I can’t thank you enough for making this such a memorable season. Good luck down the stretch, we’ll be rooting for you all the way!
GO PANTHERS!!

RidgeRunner

February 6th, 2012
10:06 am

Looks like freezermeat should meat be gone. Such stupid people in the world.

GSUAlumBaseball81

February 6th, 2012
11:34 am

Great job PANTHERS! Now let’s take the final seven games and go into the CCA Tourney smokin hot!!! BLUE OUT!!!