The good and bad of GSU’s win over Northeastern

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:

The good

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.

The bad

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

15 comments Add your comment

gsu01

February 9th, 2012
12:28 am

Closer than any of us wanted but I’ll take the W. And Coach is right. These are the type of games this same group of players couldn’t find a way to win in past seasons. They showed a lot of poise late to pull it off. Let’s go whip Delaware!

Occupy Hunterville

February 9th, 2012
12:31 am

Another pulse-pounding finish. The crowd is slowly learning that it can make a difference in key moments. Delaware on Sat. should be fun, but let’s get the lead and keep it.

GSU Men's BB Fan

February 9th, 2012
12:32 am

First.

Certainly not the game I was expecting to see after getting up by 11 or 14 to 2 in the first half. NU clamped down in the second half but in listening to the post game interviews the guys were determined to win this game.

GSU Men's BB Fan

February 9th, 2012
12:33 am

Dang it. That’s what I get for stepping away from the computer before posting.

Sluggo

February 9th, 2012
12:58 am

Good to see us fight back and get the much needed win. We’re that much closer to our fourth 20-win season in school history! Go Panthers!

GSU is in Atlanta

February 9th, 2012
1:33 am

Thank you team for not giving up! This is a big deal considering the teams that teams of recent past would have laid down and taken the loss. I hope this blown lead helps motivate them not to do the same against Delaware (which we blew a large lead against a few weeks ago).

I have given up on us getting better a free throws, it will be our downfall come tournament time…sad but true.

3 wins and we hit 20, I hope this becomes a reality within the next 3 games.

Doug, can you elaborate in your twitter post regarding the “weird mood” that you felt at the game tonight. I read that from a few other people over on PT and I wanted to hear your reason.

GStateBen

February 9th, 2012
7:52 am

Good win. Sometimes you do not play well and have to survive. That is what we did tonight.

We have heard tickets are way ahead of the UNCW & VCU pace. Get your tickets now as ‘Occup Hunterville’ said, there is. O question the crowd can affect the game.

Be there, be loud!

Doug Roberson

February 9th, 2012
8:16 am

I don’t know if there was a reason for the weird mood, but it didn’t seem like there was any energy in the building. It could have been that Georgia State was playing Northeastern, or that they got up so quickly. It was just kind of calm.

RidgeRunner

February 9th, 2012
8:59 am

A win against a determined team is always good. Of course we did make it harder on our selves than needed. Crowd with some Alum regulars absent but some new faces and some old faces returning. Winning is bringing out more people but we still need more.

Alum

February 9th, 2012
10:20 am

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New Shirt

February 9th, 2012
10:26 am

It finally came. I just got my 2011 National Championship North Dakota State University Bison t-shirt. The price was $29.99, but worth every penny. I love wearing it around town. I get some great comments or the stink eye.
It is a Long Sleeve T-Shirt – 2011 Division I Football Champions 100% cotton. Screen print design on front featuring commemorative NCAA Division I Football Champions design. Available in forest green.

RidgeRunner

February 9th, 2012
11:38 am

WTH. Delete trash like New Shirt. Who, why would anyone here want a piece of dirt North Dakota State t shirt?

Back to basketball. I am worried about unforced turn overs (turn overs – steals). They seem to be rising. With so many opponent offensive rebounds we cannot afford many unforced turn overs.

Kaleb

February 9th, 2012
11:43 am

Going to get a St. Francis or West Alabama shirt next?

Alum99

February 9th, 2012
12:13 pm

Doug, I agree with you regarding the mood. For some reason the energy in the building was off last night. I know we came through in the clutch and provided a lift for the kids in the last two minutes but for the rest of the game we as fans seemed flat. Maybe we were just all tired, maybe nervous I don’t know but something was definitely missing.

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