The good and bad of GSU’s win over Texas San Antonio

Georgia State defeated San Antonio 82-71 on Saturday at the Sports Arena. The win improved the Panthers to 19-9, one win from coach Ron Hunter’s goal of 20. GSU will host Old Dominion on Wednesday in a game they must win to keep alive any hope of securing a top-four seed, which comes with a bye, in the CAA Tournament. The Panthers would still need ODU to lose its last game of the season and hope Delaware loses at least one more game.

But that will be then, and this was now (how’s that for twisting things?).

The good

Half-court offense. The Panthers shot 56.9 percent, their best total since topping 60 against Georgia Southern in Dec. 2009. Leading the way were guards Devonta White and Rashaad Richardson. They had 16 each and hit six of their 11 3-point attempts. I assumed that the team was playing better half-court offense because it’s had more time to practice those sets. Hunter, White and Richardson said actually they are shooting better because they are getting used to teams playing so much zone defense against them. They also see it in the practices, which they said don’t last more than 32 minutes. I’m not sure why they are 32 minutes, but that’s what they said.

The team has shot at least 40 percent in five of its six games, since the five-games-in-11-day stretch ended.

The team is 5-1 this season when Richardson scores at least 10 points.

Quotes. A few from Hunter afterward (paraphrasing these):

I think there could be a surprise in Richmond.

19. A total few thought we could reach.

We just try to get Rashaad 10 points and then get him the heck out of the game.

Assists. Josh Micheaux had 11 assists. He and James Fields switched spots in the half-court set, which Micheaux usually running around the top of the Roadrunners’ 1-3-1 zone and Fields running underneath the basket. Hunter said they made that change because he liked having two points guards on either end of the offense. The team finished with 19 assists.

Lefty Driesell. Hunter said he re-inserted Fields into the starting lineup because he remembered Driesell telling him to stick what what his team does best. His team plays defense best and he said it played its best in wins against the CAA’s best when he had his best defenders on the court. So, he went back to the starting lineup he used in December and early January. The Roadrunners shot 47.3 percent, but committed 13 turnovers which the Panthers turned into 21 points.

Buckner’s blocks. He blocked four more shots. The only players ahead of him on the CAA’s all-time single-season lists are David Robinson and two players not named David Robinson.

The bad

Killer instinct. For the fifth time in six games the Panthers had a chance to end this game before halftime and couldn’t put away their opponent.

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

14 comments Add your comment

GSU Men's BB Fan

February 18th, 2012
11:53 pm

Doug Roberson

February 18th, 2012
11:56 pm

Panther4Life

February 19th, 2012
12:12 am

Way to go tonight….What…RPI What? This team is coming together and I am soooo proud not for myself but for them. This team has been through a lot over the past four years and they deserve to go out this way. You were winners when you came to GA state, you are winners, and you will always be winners. Senior night is Wednesday against ODU, be there and bleed blue, I will and so should you.
GO PANTHERS!

GSU is in Atlanta

February 19th, 2012
1:05 am

Doug, good job on twisting things!

Anyways, good job for the Panthers tonight, and I hope that we finish the regular season with 2 more wins. A win over ODU will be huge, especially being that it could be the 20th win of the season and that it will be the last home game for a lot of seniors. Micheaux, Ali, Buckner, McGee, Taylor, and Fields should all be proud of how much they have accomplished this year as GSU seniors!

Occupy Hunterville

February 19th, 2012
1:25 am

21 regular-season win is sounding about right after a fine win tonight. We need to bring a full house (or at least sound like it) on Wednesday night.

GSUAlumBaseball81

February 19th, 2012
8:49 am

Great job Panther Basketball Men against UTSA! Let’s take it ODU on Wednesday. Seniors, show the PANTHER faithful a phenomal performance as you’ve done many times this season! Get’em down and keep’em down. Let’s break 90 guys. You can do it! BLUE OUT!!!

EKY Panther

February 19th, 2012
9:03 am

Unfortunately I now live too far away to attend the games. But as a long time fan, I’m so proud of what Georgia State is doing now. What is the attendance like now? Any signs that it is trending upward?

Thanks so much for you great coverage. I’d really be in the dark without it.

ajg-marietta

February 19th, 2012
9:20 am

Thanks for the write up, Doug. Big game against ODU this week.

RidgeRunner

February 19th, 2012
10:11 am

Another good win against another great 3 point shooting team. First we have a 5 9 guy that is hard to defend his 3 shoots followed by 6 7 type guys that tower over our defenders. Our hot hands and team play won the game. If it would have been a low 40% shooting night we might not have been so lucky.

Keep it up Panthers. This is an exciting time to be a GSU Panther.

Blue Land

February 19th, 2012
12:57 pm

Thanks for the write up Doug. Way to go Panther’s. Pride comes from the most unlikely of places. I love football, but doing this well in the CAA in MBB is unbelievable. CRH please don’t leave state. I know you’ve been getting offers, but State is your home. Similar to Lowe’s………… Let’s build something together.

Sluggo

February 20th, 2012
1:14 am

Another good performance as the team appears to be getting better offensively at the right time. Two more victories to end the season would be great! Let’s get it done Panthers!

[...] Threatt. The Panthers got 11 assists from Josh Micheaux and listened to a certain left-hander and got back to a defensive-focused lineup. It [...]

GSU_MEX_ALUM

February 20th, 2012
1:29 pm

I was proud of our team as I watched the game in person. My only concern is the ability to close games for good. I’ll be there this Wednesday and I hope to see a packed house!

[...] As Doug Roberson wrote earlier this week, the Panthers were very efficient on offense in the win over UTSA scoring 82 points on 56.9% shooting.  Coach Hunter made some adjustments in the half court offense, including swapping James Fields and Josh Micheaux to allow point guards on both sides of the court.  These changes were successful against UTSA, but ODU’s zone will be much tougher to break than the Roadrunners’, so if the offense stalls Hunter will need to identify it early and find a set that will work. [...]