The good and bad of GSU’s loss to Old Dominion

Georgia State was defeated by Old Dominion 65-60 in overtime on Wednesday at the Sports Arena. The loss prevented the Panthers from winning their 20th game this season, a feat that coach Ron Hunter wanted to accomplish in front of the home fans. The Panthers will get another chance when they play at William and Mary on Saturday.

Georgia State also lost a chance at earning the fourth seed in the upcoming Colonial Athletic Association.

Here’s the Bad and the Good of Wednesday’s loss. I’m going to switch it around and do bad first because the bad was a bit more severe than usual.

The bad

The flu. Hunter coached with it, and Eric Buckner played with it. Hunter said he can’t believe Buckner played. He still finished with seven points, 10 rebounds and six blocks. He now has 104 in  his career and became just the sixth player in conference history to achieve the 100-block milestone.

The rebounding. Georgia State gave up a season-high 52 rebounds, including an amazing 25 offensive rebounds. Hunter said the guards needed to grab more rebounds to help out Buckner.

The turnovers. The Panthers had 15 turnovers, compared to ODU’s seven.

The free-throw shooting. The Panthers hit 13 of 21.  The team missed seven attempts in the final two periods.

Stray elbows. Jihad Ali had a hot hand in the first half until he was hit in midsection by another player’s elbow with 8 minutes left in the first half. After scoring 15 in the first half, he missed all four of his shots in the second half and 1 of 3 in overtime. Hunter said Ali wasn’t the same after.

The good

Kent Bazemore. He scored 19 points and showed glimpses of an ability to take over the game whenever he felt like it.

ODU’s defense. The Panthers hit 50 percent of their field goals in the first half, and then 31.8 percent in the second half and 16.7 percent in overtime.

GSU’s defense. The Monarchs hit 38.2 percent of their field goals in the first half, and then 19.4 percent in the second half and 50 percent in overtime.

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

12 comments Add your comment


February 23rd, 2012
1:03 am

Could’ve won the game, but off rebounds and 2nd chance points killed us.


February 23rd, 2012
1:04 am

Also, first.


February 23rd, 2012
6:57 am

Tough loss last night. Despite having more turnovers and getting killed on the boards, we controlled most of the game and had several opportunities to extend leads, but failed to do so. I hate that that happened on senior night. On to Bill and Mary. No more room for error.

At least we will finish in the top half of the league for the first time. Furthermore, I think we match up better against Hofstra and possibly VCU if we get that far in the tourney. Sending one of the cartel (Virginia) schools home early would absolutely make my season.


February 23rd, 2012
8:51 am

Bazemore is a punk!

February 23rd, 2012
10:00 am

Buckner being sick does help explain that rebounds number. A good effort, just needed more depth to overcome Buckner not being 100%.


February 23rd, 2012
10:05 am

Bazemore maybe a punk but he is a punk I would love to have on our side. Great player!

And you left out one good Doug: The crowd was terrific. Thanks to Kyle McKeon in Athletics, the entire student section got really into it in the second half.

Tough loss but honestly we didn’t deserve this one.

GSU is in Atlanta

February 23rd, 2012
10:49 am

The offensive rebounding was really bad, of course the free throws were bad, but the most surprising were the turnovers. I couldn’t believe some of the passes that the guys were trying, which I don’t think I had seen all year. It almost looked like a different team out there with the type of turnovers we were having.

Wish the seniors could have gone out with win #20 on their home court, but hope they at least get it against Bill & Harry.


February 23rd, 2012
11:27 am

We had this game and we let it slipped away… I agree with CRH about Ali not being the same after the elbow.

Our FT is killing us… We could easily extend our leads if we were more consistent.

Proud to be a Panther!


February 23rd, 2012
12:24 pm

Great Game last night until we got towards the end and our scoring dissipated. We had them 46 to 40 and had a chance to bust it wide open and then the shots just wouldn’t fall. Tough loss for our Seniors! Go get #20 at the Tribe and then let’s give it our all in Richmond! GO GSU PANTHERS!!!


February 23rd, 2012
1:38 pm

Great atmosphere last night. Students came out in full force. My problem was leaving #1-Michaeux in for 40 minutes. He had a horrible game with turnovers and forced shots (mainly bricks). Goodbye and thank you seniors, but hello to new, improved players in ‘12-’13.

Ray Russell

February 23rd, 2012
2:55 pm

Just an ODU fan reading an out of town view. Great game. I dreally didn’t think ODU would win considering it was senior night and GS has been tough on its home floor, and were hard to beat on their home floor. Congratulations though on a great season in a tough conference. BTW, Bazemore is not a punk by any means. Seen him play all 4 years at ODU. He is a very respectful and well mannered young man, who is admired and respected by his teammates and the ODU student body.

Chicken Bone

February 24th, 2012
12:39 am

@Ray Russell

It’s GSU and not GS dude or dudette. Georgia State University. If we were in Virginia we may have gotten better calls from the idiot officials this season. Hopefully we will be out of the CAA soon so we don’t have to move our University to Virginia. lol!!! What a joke that the CAA officials can’t figure out what they are doing. Charge or Block??? SLOW HAND LUKE! Wake up homey dudes! Go back to HIGH SCHOOL or LITTLE League! The refs are pitiful in the CAA . I’ve had my nuf watching retards! It’s kind of like traffic in the ATL. Lost on I-285 in a motor home bulit in the 70’s. JOKE!!!