The good and bad of Georgia State’s loss to Delaware

Georgia State was beaten 80-77 by Delaware in overtime on Saturday at the Sports Arena. It’s the second time this season that the teams played in overtime. The Blue Hens won both.

The Panthers (17-9,9-6) will play at James Madison on Tuesday.

The good

Josh Micheaux. Coach Ron Hunter said earlier this week that Micheaux was playing the best basketball of his career. He scored 26 points, more than any Georgia State player this season, before fouling out with less than a minute left in regulation. Unofficially, 23 of those points came on drives to the basket and the subsequent free throws. Hunter said he challenged Micheaux at halftime because he felt Delaware was playing tougher than his team was. He needed Micheaux, his toughest player, to step up. He scored eight points during a 17-0 run in the half.

Jihad Ali. He added 15 points and nine rebounds. His free throws sent the game into overtime. After Eric Buckner and Micheaux fouled out, Ali became the team’s post presence. He was more animated tonight than I can remember seeing him this season.

The Bad

CAA race. The Panthers’ hopes of securing a top-four seed in the CAA tournament aren’t dead, but they might as well be. They needed to win the rest of their conference games and hope Old Dominion lost at least two. Now, they will need some major upsets to make it happen. They are tied with Delaware for fifth place, but the Blue Hens have the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Here’s the remaining conference schedules for the teams ahead of the Panthers:

George Mason

Feb. 14 vs. VCU  9 p.m. CSS

Feb. 22 at Northeastern 7 p.m. ESPN3

Feb. 25 at VCU 6 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2

Drexel

Feb. 14 vs.William & Mary 7 p.m.

Feb. 22 vs. JMU 7 p.m. ESPNU

Feb. 25 at Old Dominion 4 p.m. CSS

VCU

Feb. 14 at George Mason 9 p.m. CSS

Feb. 22 at UNC Wilmington 7 p.m.

Feb. 25 vs. George Mason 6 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2

ODU

Feb. 14 vs. UNC Wilmington 7 p.m.

Feb. 22 at Georgia State 7 p.m

Feb. 25 vs. Drexel 4 p.m. CSS

Delaware

Feb. 14 at Hofstra, 7 p.m.

Feb. 22 at Towson, 7 p.m.

Feb. 25 vs. Northeastern, noon

Georgia State has games at James Madison, at home against Old Dominion and at William and Mary remaining. They could go 3-0, and the Hens 2-1. It’s also possible ODU could lose two of its last three games. The Monarchs won’t likely lose to UNCW.

3-point shooting: The Panthers hit 3 of 14.

The officiating. I’m reluctant to do this because of the can of worms  it opens, but the officiating played an important role in the loss to Delaware. Georgia State was called for 27 fouls, more than in any other game this season. Delaware was called for 20, more than in any game in almost a month. Eric Buckner and Josh Micheaux fouled out. Khalid Lewis fouled out for Delaware.It’s not odd to foul out, but the calls that fouled them out were less than obvious.

Fouls are fouls. However, there were so many off-the-ball fouls called it disrupted the flow and momentum of the game. Asked if he can remember a game with so many off-the-ball calls, Hunter said, “I’ll say this. You have to earn respect. I’m fortunate in the league I was in before we used to get all those calls. Now we are coming up … we will get those.”

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

22 comments Add your comment

Sluggo

February 11th, 2012
7:12 pm

Really tough loss. I guess all we can do is regroup and get ready for James Madison. We’re still in the running for a 20-win season.

GSU is in Atlanta

February 11th, 2012
7:24 pm

This loss has been the toughest for me as a fan, not sure why, but it sucks more than the others.

I hope CRH can get this team to rebound from this loss and win out for the rest of the season. The games against ODU and UTSA (non conference) are going to be the toughest, and on top of that the panthers need to win 3 more to have a 20 win regular season.

It will take a miracle for us to get that top 4 spot, but stranger this have happened.

Jason

February 11th, 2012
8:16 pm

I’m glad you mentioned the officiating Doug, because it was atrocious today going both ways. I actually heard a referee threaten to kick out a cheerleader today before the cheerleader even said anything. It’s sad when the Atlantic Sun Conference can get better officials than the CAA, and the CAA pays double.

Occupy Hunterville

February 11th, 2012
8:28 pm

It was a painful loss, but the comeback after being way down at the half was one of the highlights of the season for me. These guys can bring the intensity!

GSU

February 11th, 2012
11:46 pm

How much longer will we allow this? We have to fire Hunter. It’s just not working.

GStateBen

February 12th, 2012
1:44 am

Great points Doug. It is a respect thing with officials and we are slowly building toasted that. Delaware is a talented team with very good young players in Saddler, Lewis and Threatt.

This one was tough to stomach but I believe getting down 12 at half cost us this ball game. That 15-0 run was excellent but it takes a ton of energy to do that. Delaware and coaches had to feel good they were only down 3-5 points after taking our biggest 2nd half punch. We still missed layups and free throws that should have resulted in a different outcome.

Onward & upward! On to JMU.

GStateBen

February 12th, 2012
1:46 am

Toasted should be towards. Gotta love auto correct.

GSU is in Atlanta

February 12th, 2012
1:58 am

@GSU Nice try Southern troll, Hunter is a real man and you are just bummed b/c your coach isn’t half the man Ron Hunter is.

Panther

February 12th, 2012
4:01 am

Refs lost us the game. Those calls in the final seconds ended it for us.

GSUAlumBaseball81

February 12th, 2012
11:11 am

Go Away GASO GNATs!

Yea, I felt like we were at times playing against a 6th man. Thanks CAA officials for another loss! Oh yea, by the way what was the fifth foul call on EB20? The phantom ghost call on offense under the basket with Delaware guys all over his back. Awful officiating!!! Maybe we need to change our name to Virginia State University to get some respect in the CAA?

Doubtful

February 12th, 2012
11:36 am

Tough loss, not sure why we had 4 of their players with 3 fouls with 7 mins and didn’t attack to get them out of the game. I know it’s easier said than done but this is something that needs to be a focus.

RidgeRunner

February 12th, 2012
11:51 am

While ref’ing was not great but we can’t blame the refs. We had chances. Rest up, clear your heads, and on to the next game. Delaware is a team that has been improving during the year and I will be very happy not to see them in the tournament.

GSUAlumBaseball81

February 12th, 2012
5:16 pm

Whatever! The games I’ve attended the Refs been very inconsistent and the calls at key times just plain disgusting. If it smells like a rat it must be a rat!

ajg-marietta

February 12th, 2012
6:10 pm

Sorry @Ridgerunner, the officiating was a disgrace.

GSUAlumBaseball81

February 12th, 2012
7:53 pm

Where are th PT folks? This is your AJC blog! Proud Panther(Mike)……. Let’s hear what you and the rest of you all think! HELLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO GSU PANTHERS!!! Give the PANTHERS your love and opinions! BLUE OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

GSU

February 12th, 2012
8:32 pm

Not sure why I’m being called a Southern troll. Went to Georgia State, class of ‘99. Been a donor to the athletics program since then and am frankly fed up with the way it’s being run.

Doubtful

February 12th, 2012
8:57 pm

@GSU… I’m sure I’ll regret this but okay…..What specifically would you fo different? Please provide a comprehensive descriptive answer. Thanks

GSU is in Atlanta

February 12th, 2012
9:28 pm

@GSU seriously, would Ron Hunter have to go undefeated and win a national championship in his first season to satisfy you? What do you really expect for a first year coach who inherited a team that had never had a winning season?

It’s great that you graduated in 99 and support GSU athletics, but you are unrealistic with the demands of Ron Hunter. If you don’t see that he is building excitement and a winning tradition that we haven’t had since Lefty.

I graduated in 05 and the way the athletics program feels to me now compared to when I was in school is completely opposite. I think the higher ups in Athletics should be more transparent about where the athletics program is headed, but I think our teams are heading in the right direction. Last football season was really tough, but will decide after this coming year whether it is heading in the right direction, even though it is going to be tough to get many W’s in CAA play.

GSAlum87

February 13th, 2012
12:12 am

Very disappointing loss. I know BB is a game of streaks but up 7-0, down 11 @ half, 17-0 run to go up 5…. I know we do not have consistent shooters but we are also not swinging the ball or getting in into the post. Buckner has the highest shooing %, spread the court, get the ball inside to him and move on, it’s not rocket science. After 17-0 run I would have used all of my TO’s just to get rest and finish out game. Kimbro and Mcgee add nothing that late in the game. Substitutions looking a lot like Barnes. Players need to be in long enough to find their rhythm. Pulling them after one missed FG is futile. NEVER should have lost to Delaware @ home. This is OUR HOUSE and somebody needs to remind the players of that!!!!!

hammer22

February 13th, 2012
12:26 am

Tough loss. But, the future is bright with this program. When I remember that we have a winning season locked up, it amazes me.

slimseville

February 13th, 2012
1:59 am

Tough loss. Hope we can finish strong and get to 20 wins.

[...] As Doug from the AJC pointed out, the officials were quick to whistle any contact they saw, even well away from the ball.  Eric Buckner fouled out in regulation and Tony Kimbro and Delaware’s Khalid Lewis fouled out in overtime.  Both teams combined to register 47 fouls in a game that struggled to find any significant amount of time without stoppage.  Unfortunately for the Panthers, the one part of the game that saw the officials swallow their whistles resulted in a game-swinging 17-0 run. [...]