The good and bad of Georgia State’s win over William and Mary

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.

Good

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.

Bad

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

10 comments Add your comment

GSU is in Atlanta

February 25th, 2012
6:42 pm

White really came through today and played some excellent ball, the best for him this year.

I am so psyched for this team and what they have accomplished this year, their first under Ron Hunter. I hope that he wins the Coach of the year and that Eric Buckner receives the defensive player of the year award because they both deserve it.

On to Hofstra and the CAA Tournament!

GSU Men's BB Fan

February 25th, 2012
7:22 pm

Doug, did you mean to say that Buck was hampered by the flu earlier this week (not this year)?

Doug Roberson

February 25th, 2012
7:23 pm

Yes. Sorry. I’ll fix.

GeorgiaState1913

February 25th, 2012
7:34 pm

Ron Hunter has made this the best spring semester of my college career. Hofstra should be a win. I think we compete equally well with both Mason and VCU, so second round is anyone’s game. We have got to stop blowing leads…my heart is going to explode

GSU_MEX_PANTHER

February 25th, 2012
8:43 pm

Proud of our team and CRH. If they focus on the small things that has kept them from being a great team then they will go far in the tourney!

GO GSU!

RidgeRunner

February 25th, 2012
10:46 pm

Proud of the team. Hofstra shot and made a lot of 3’s today. We will have to have are 3 defense going.

Cold Hard Truth

February 26th, 2012
1:38 am

Dear RidgeRunner,

Please stop posting on any blogs/posts/threads associated with GSU. You are truly the worst outdated relic of what GSU used to be, not understanding what is going, nor being in the loop of what has already happened. In a very few short weeks, GSU will be in a different conference, and one can only hope we can leave you in the CAA as we move along. You truly are an embarrassment to Panther Nation, and a type of “fan” that is so out of touch with reality of what is going on with GSU athletics that it would be best for our school for you to just simply stay behind with the CAA as we move on to bigger and greener pastures. In other words, STFU and don’t ever associate yourself with another GSU story again. #pathetic

GSUAlumBaseball81

February 26th, 2012
1:29 pm

Congrats CRH and team on # 20 Go get’em in Richmond. GO GSU PANTHERS!!!

RidgeRunner

February 26th, 2012
2:04 pm

Cold Hard Truth, you are a dumb butt that is only interested in things you want to hear. HEAR IT NOW Cold Hard Truth is arrogant, hard headed, and stupid dumb butt. Just because I say that SLUM Belt is barely FBS, has inferior academics, and is a terrible basketball conference, you make insulting uninformed comments to me. It is you who do not wish to discuss merits. It is you should stop posting to the Panther Nation.

Occupy Hunterville

February 28th, 2012
9:42 pm

I’m happy to hear from RidgeRunner or anyone else who can offer thoughtful comments about Panther sports — even if I don’t agree with them all. This would be a pretty boring blog if we, the choir, were all just preaching to ourselves.

And, we do need to stop blowing leads.