Eric Buckner scored 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Panthers. Devonta White added 13 points.
The Panthers set a school record for points in the CAA tournament, breaking the previous record of 72 set against Towson in 2005-06. It was also the most points the Panthers have scored against a CAA team this season. It was also the largest margin of victory in CAA tournament history.
Here’s the good and bad of the victory:
Eric Buckner. The senior may have turned the disappointment and not being named the conference’s defensive player of the year on Friday into emotional fuel.
Free-throw shooting. The Panthers hit 20 of 24, which is a rare occurrence this season.. Hunter joked that he hoped no one would bring it up after the game.
Defense. The Panthers forced the Pride to shoot 34.8 percent, including 28.6 percent in the second half. Mike Moore, who led the CAA with 20 points per game, scored 16 on 5 of 11 shooting.
Killer instinct. Georgia State turned a seven-point lead with eight minutes remaining in the first half into a 22-point lead with 3:13 remaining. Putting away a team quickly and early is something the Panthers have rarely done this season. Doing so also allowed Hunter to rest his starters in the second half. The team needs to win four games in four days to earn the automatic bid to the CAA tournament. Hunter said the team has had leads of 15 points eight times this season and failed to build on it.
8:30 starts? The sixth-seeded Panthers will play third-seeded George Mason (23-8) at 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals. The Patriots defeated the Panthers 61-58 earlier this season. Such starts are bad for print deadlines.
History. The Panthers have made it to the second round of the CAA tournament five times in the past seven years, but have never advanced to the semifinals.
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