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 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.
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.