Louisiana Tech did to Georgia State on Friday what the Panthers did to many of their opponents in the Sports Arena last year: the Bulldogs ran them out of the building, 86-68.
Led by Raheem Appleby, who scored a career-high 34 points on 14-of-19 shooting, Louisiana Tech pushed the pace as often as it could on offense and used a press and tough zone defense to contest most shots and passes. As the pace increased, Georgia State struggled. The result was Georgia State’s second consecutive loss after a three-game win streak. R.J. Hunter led the Panthers with 23 points and Manny Atkins and Devonta White chipped in 13 each.
Georgia State coach Ron Hunter was afraid that the tough schedule he put together, which has included Duke (7-0), Brigham Young (5-2) and East Carolina (5-0), might be too much for his inexperienced squad, which has just one senior. The Bulldogs, which feature several sophomores who played last year, made the Panthers look for a gear that they didn’t have. As