Archive for February, 2012

GSU setting records

Here’s a few of the records set by Georgia State’s men’s basketball team, as compiled by GSU associate SID Mike Holmes.

The Panthers (17-8,9-5 CAA) will host Delaware on Saturday at the Sports Arena.

Career Records

1. Blocked Shots – Eric Buckner (135) Previous Mark: Zavian Smith, 1989-94; 128

2. Games Played – Jihad Ali (117) & James Fields (115)

a. Both are on pace to break the school record of 122 by Trae Golston (2006-10)

Season Records (Individual)

1. Blocked Shots – Eric Buckner (86) Previous Mark: Sylvester Morgan, 2004-05; 81

Season Records (Team)

1. Blocked Shots – currently 135 Previous Mark: 2010-11; 148

2. Fewest Pts. Allow per game: currently 57.8 Previous Mark: 2008-09; 63.6

3. Lowest FG% allowed: currently 37.6% Previous Mark: 2010-11; 40.5%

Game Records

1. Blocked shots – 14 vs. FIU (12/1/11) Previous Mark: 12 vs. Troy, 1/29/00

Other Notes

1. 78 field goal attempts vs. Delaware on Jan. 21 was the most in school history in a CAA game.

2. 94.7 (18-19) free …

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Bell says he wants to help Georgia State win a national title

Ronnie Bell says he likes winning.

He won two state championships as a quarterback at Sandy Creek High School. He wants to win a national championship at Georgia State.

Bell, a transfer from Ohio, said he hasn’t been admitted yet, but plans to enroll at Georgia State for the summer semester and join the football team, as first noted by He hopes to hear about his admission application soon. Bell passed for 4,675 yards, 44 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for the Patriots. He also rushed for nine touchdowns.

He signed with the Bobcats. However, he said he was in a battle with four other quarterbacks. The starter was a redshirt sophomore with three years of eligibility left. The backup was a redshirt freshman. Bell didn’t want to change positions, so after talking with Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker, he decided to change schools. He will have four years of eligibility remaining. Bell said he liked Ohio and the coaching staff, but he wanted to play.

“Georgia State …

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The good and bad of GSU’s win over Northeastern

Georgia State defeated Northeastern 61-59 on Wednesday at the Sports Arena. The victory improves the team to 17-8, 9-5 in the CAA. The 17 wins are the fourth-most in school history. The nine conference wins are the most since the Panthers joined the CAA. Georgia State will host Delaware on Saturday.

Here’s the good and bad of the win against the Huskies:

The good

Eric Buckner. He had 14 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks. He is now the school’s single-season leader. He has 86 this season and 135 for his two-year career. If there’s a downside to his performance, he began to drift a bit outside in the second half in an attempt to block more shots. As soon as he did that, the Huskies filled in the space left over. More on that in a second.

Josh Micheaux. He had 13 points, perhaps none bigger than his tip-in on Jihad Ali’s missed free throw with two minutes remaining. Ali hit the first free throw. The second bounced high off the rim, giving Micheaux enough time to outmuscle a …

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Can Georgia State finish in the top four in the CAA?

The good news for Georgia State’s basketball team is it has just one game remaining against the top four teams in the Colonial Athletic Association.

The bad news for Georgia State’s basketball team is it has just one game remaining against the  top four teams in the Colonial Athletic Association.

As the Panthers continue their push to secure a top-four spot in the upcoming conference tournament, they will have to do so without the benefit of too many head-to-head meetings against the teams they are chasing.

Their only opportunity will come when they host Old Dominion on Feb. 22.

The Panthers (8-5) are in fifth place, trailing VCU, George Mason and Drexel, all of whom are 11-2 in the conference, and Old Dominion (10-3). Georgia State will host Northeastern on Wednesday.

The good news for coach Ron Hunter is that the teams they are chasing still have many games remaining against each other, which can only help the Panthers, provided they keep winning. That is the key. They can’t …

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The good and bad of GSU’s win over Hofstra

Georgia State sent Hofstra back to its ghost ship with a 59-43 win on Saturday.

It was a lot like the Panthers’ win over North Carolina Wilmington on Wednesday: Georgia State hit a lot of 3-pointers in the first half; shut down the other team’s best player during that same span, and then made a run when it needed to put away the game in the second half.

“I’m starting to see some things that I like on offense,” coach Ron Hunter said.

The Panthers (16-8, 8-5) were able to keep the two-game gap that divides them from the four teams (at the time this was written) that are tied atop the Colonial Athletic Association standings. Hunter wants to secure a top-four seed, which comes with a bye, in the tournament’s first round. The team has five conference games remaining.

The good

Devonta White. The sophomore shook out of a slump to score 15 points, including three 3-pointers in the first half.

Rashaad Richardson. He had his second consecutive solid game since being moved into the …

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The good and bad of GSU’s win over UNCW

Georgia State defeated North Carolina Wilmington 68-53 on Wednesday. The Panthers (15-8, 7-5) had their way with the Seahawks, who have lost eight of their past nine games. Georgia State will play at Hofstra on Saturday.

The good

Somebody not named Ali and Buckner scored. The Panthers had become dependent on Ali and Buckner as their only consistent sources of points. Well, Rashaad Richardson stepped up and scored 10 points in his second consecutive start. He added two 3-pointers.

Ali and Buckner scored. After scoring one point in the first half, Buckner scored 16 in the second half to lead the team with 17. Ali added 16.

3-point shooting. The team hit six 3-pointers, including five in the first half to blow open the game. They’ve hit 13 in the past two games, after hitting just 12 in the previous three games.

Defense…again. The team forced 15 turnovers that it turned into 22 points.

3-point defense. The Seahawks missed eight of their 10 3-pointers. The two 3-pointers were the …

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Georgia State Signing Day Central — 17 LOIs in

I’ll post updates on Georgia State’s Signing Day activities here. You can also follow me on twitter @ajcgsu and/or on @recruitingajc, if you want to know everything that’s going on.

The signees:

Mark Weidenaar

QB, Lakeside

6-3, 190

Bio, from GSU: Honorable mention all-state in Class AAAA at Lakeside High … All-region … Player of the Year for Columbia County … Two-time all-area selection by the Augusta Chronicle, which also tabbed him to its Dream 16 preseason team … Prolific quarterback who passed for 1,671 yards and 16 touchdowns while rushing for 887 yards and 11 more touchdowns as a senior, when he directed an offense that averaged 30 points per game … Battled back from a knee injury (torn ACL) that derailed his junior season … Coached by Jarret Troxler.

Jah-Mai Davidson

DT, Brookwood

6-4, 270

Bio, from GSU: Talented lineman who could play offense or defense but projects as a defensive tackle … Helped Brookwood High to the 2010 Class AAAAA state title as a junior …

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