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.
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.
Turnovers. Georgia State had 17, seven more than Hofstra.
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu