Georgia State defeated Northeastern 61-59 on Wednesday at the Sports Arena. The victory improves the team to 17-8, 9-5 in the CAA. The 17 wins are the fourth-most in school history. The nine conference wins are the most since the Panthers joined the CAA. Georgia State will host Delaware on Saturday.
Here’s the good and bad of the win against the Huskies:
Eric Buckner. He had 14 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks. He is now the school’s single-season leader. He has 86 this season and 135 for his two-year career. If there’s a downside to his performance, he began to drift a bit outside in the second half in an attempt to block more shots. As soon as he did that, the Huskies filled in the space left over. More on that in a second.
Josh Micheaux. He had 13 points, perhaps none bigger than his tip-in on Jihad Ali’s missed free throw with two minutes remaining. Ali hit the first free throw. The second bounced high off the rim, giving Micheaux enough time to outmuscle a defender and tip the ball. Hunter said that Micheaux is playing the best basketball of his career. He adopted what looked like a new role tonight. He said he and Jihad Ali switched positions. For some of the game, Micheaux operated in between the high post and the low post. He was frequently able to get the ball and drive right through the defense for layups. I would guess all of his points came in the paint.
Devonta White. His shooting touch is starting to come back, evidenced by his 3-pointer in the corner that gave the Panthers their game-saving lead. He hit four of his 10 fields-goal attempts, including the 3-pointer, the only one the Panthers hit in the second half. They were 1 of 7.
Maturity (part I). Hunter said this is the first time this season they’ve won when trailing with less than two minutes remaining. He said he’s proud the team won what he considered a tournament-type game.
Defense. Buckner and Micheaux didn’t get a lot of help rebounding. They had 20 of the team’s 32. The Huskies killed the Panthers on the glass in the second half, outrebounding them 21-16. That may not seem like a lot, but 11 of those came on the offensive end.
Maturity (part II). For the third consecutive game the Panthers had a sizeable lead in the first half. For the third consecutive game the Panthers let their opponent back into the game. The Huskies led by eight in the second half. Hunter said he’s proud that his team won, but the other side of that coin means they were outplayed.
The bench. The Panthers got six points from their reserves. They also committed four turnovers.
Free throws. Perhaps you thought I’d forgotten…The Panthers hit 11 of 21. Hunter joked they must say a ‘Hail Mary’ every time one of his players goes to the line. Georgia State had chances to ice the game in the final two minutes, but Buckner, White and Ali missed free throws. Ali missed two in the final 10 seconds.
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu