Georgia State defeated Tennessee Tech 74-43 on Tuesday in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament at the Sports Arena. The Panthers will play at Mercer at 4 p.m. Saturday in the second round.
The victory pushed the Panthers to 22 wins this season, something that impressed the hard-to-impress Ron Hunter.
“Focus on this, this team is 22-11,” Hunter said. “This time last year, they didn’t even have a coach (after winning 12 games). That’s one of the remarkable turnarounds in college basketball. I’m so proud of these kids. They are 22-11 in less than 12 months.”
Here’s the good and bad of the victory.
Devonta White. He scored 24 points with four assists and hit 9 of his 13 shots.
James Fields. He scored 17 points on 7 of 10 shooting.
The defense. Golden Eagles coach Steve Payne said it’s usually hard to play zone defense against his team, presumably because they hit better than 35 percent of their 3-pointers this season. They missed 20 3-pointers against the Panthers. They shot 28.3 percent. They also forced 18 turnovers.
The shooting. The Panthers hit 52.7 percent of their shots, a number seldom his this year.
Free-throw shooting. That ol’ bugaboo again. The Panthers hit 9 of 15. Hunter has made no bones about the fact that if the team could hit free throws, it could have won 27 games.
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu.