Georgia State defeated William and Mary 64-60 on Saturday in Williamsburg, Va.
The victory was the Panthers’ 20th this season, a feat accomplished just three times previously in school history and not since the 2003-04 season.
First-year coach Ron Hunter was understandably happy afterward.
“I felt like the past week and a half I put so much pressure on myself and the team to get it,” Hunter said. “To be able to get it, when it’s only happened three times, and you walk in and get it done. It’s a credit to the assistants and the players.
“To me, [the win] justifies so much. The high school games I missed of my son’s, my daughter and spending time with her, it justifies so much. But it’s the most ecstatic I’ve seen the lockerroom in a long time.”
Sixth-seeded Georgia State will next play 11th-seeded Hofstra in the first round of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament at 8:30 p.m. Friday in Richmond.
Devonta White. He scored 22 points, including five 3-pointers, and committed 0 turnovers in 36 minutes. Hunter said it may have been the best game White played this season.
Eric Buckner. The senior, hampered by the flu earlier this week, bounced with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Killer instinct. The Panthers led by 15 in the second but couldn’t put away the Tribe. William and Mary eventually cut the lead to three before White hit two free throws to make the game comfortable with less than a minute remaining.
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu