Three thoughts after Georgia State’s loss at BYU

Georgia State (0-2) was blitzed by BYU 80-62 last night in Provo, Utah.

The Panthers fell behind by 29 points midway through the first half because they couldn’t make a shot and the Cougars couldn’t miss.

The good news, if you are a fan and were listening to Dave Cohen last night, was assistant coach Claude Pardue noted that the Panthers actually outscored BYU in the game’s last 30 minutes.

1. Don’t worry that the team is 0-2. First, last year’s squad started 0-3 and won 22 games. Second, Georgia State won’t play a team with a big man as good as the two they just faced in Duke’s Mason Plumlee and BYU’s Brandon Davies. Davies finished with 28 points and no one on State’s team sounded like they could handle him. Having said that …

2. Do worry about the offense. The team is supposed to be much better at shooting than last year’s team, but that’s not evident so far. The Panthers missed 19 of their 22 3-pointers, including a miserable 2-of-12 in the first half when the game got out of hand. While Manny Atkins found his shooting stroke to score a career-high  21 points, Devonta White’s abandoned him, resulting in a 5-of-17 performance. R.J. Hunter found the going tough for the second consecutive game, missing seven of his nine shots, including all five of his 3-pointers. BYU’s wing players were athletic, which won’t be unusual for the rest of the year. These were the two toughest games of the year. It will be curious to see how Georgia State’s players, particularly the less experienced, apply what they learned.

3. Where’s the bench? Georgia State’s reserves scored six points in 53 minutes. That’s not good enough to win a lot of games. This was a problem last year, one that resulted in coach Ron Hunter tinkering with the lineup for weeks before he found a rotation that he liked. Because there are so many new faces on the team, and there are so many freshmen whose learning curve is huge, Hunter may have to keep tinkering as he decides on roles and situations that work better for some players compared to others. For example, center James Vincent played just four minutes last night, all in the first half, because the game featured more of a running style and his game is suited more to the half court.

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

11 comments Add your comment

Steve Nash's Pick and Roll

November 14th, 2012
10:01 am

BYU had a ridiculously hot start that they won’t replicate the rest of the year. To have the lead down to 11 midway into the second half was an amazing feat by our guys! We’ll be just fine.

STATEment

November 14th, 2012
10:13 am

We are not going to see a team light it up the first 5 minutes of a game the rest of the year either. It was funny on the ESPN ticker before the game I saw Texas State from the Sunbelt was getting beat 40-9 and I laughed at how unreal that was and talked with my girlfriend about how in the world that could happen only to turn on the GSU game to see them get down 31-2.

Let’s get this right State. We could have beat BYU last night.

Caz

November 14th, 2012
10:55 am

Bad night and a tough road game, but I was definitely encouraged by the second half, with them pulling within 11 points (?) at one time. They should play much better against their CAA opponents for sure.

Go State!

Steve Nash's Pick and Roll

November 14th, 2012
11:01 am

To have the lead down to 11 after the ridiculously hot start by BYU is a pretty amazing feat by our guys. They never gave up! This team will be just fine.

Larry Vaughn

November 14th, 2012
11:10 am

Previous commenter said “Let’s get this right State”. I agree that it is possible that Georgia State might have beaten BYU, on a different night, but not last night. BYU played as well as they ever have played, or ever will play, during the first quarter. Even after they let Georgia State make a comeback (that happens you know when a team get such a lopsided lead) BYU soon got the lead back up to 20. When BYU played their starters and followed coach Dave Rose’s instructions they showed that they are a pretty good basketball team. Georgia State will have a very good year and the losses to Duke and BYU will help them win at least 20 games. I expect to see them in the big dance.

Earl

November 14th, 2012
12:05 pm

“State could have beat BYU”? Which game were you watching? BYU got way up and played their bench a lot – that is our State got back in the game. BYU is going to beat State any day of the week. I wish State the best, but do not kid yourself.

JEMJR

November 14th, 2012
12:53 pm

Manny Atkins will be the leading scorer for THE PANTHERS this year. The kid can put the ball in the basket. The former Tucker standout is a natural shooter. He will average at least 21 points a game this year. HANG IN THERE PANTHER FANS

#1PANTHERFAN

November 14th, 2012
1:07 pm

RETIRE TERRENCE BRANDON’S JERSEY THIS YEAR! PLEASE PANTHERS! THIS GUY IS DOING BIG THINGS IN THE COMMUNITY WITH THE ATLANTA FIRE DEPARTMENT. HE WAS ONE OF THE BEST TO EVER PLAY AT GSU! HE WENT ON TO PLAY IN FRANCE FOR ALMOST 10 YEARS AFTER GSU AND CAME BACK TO GRADUATE AND IS CURRENTLY WORKING WITH THE FIRE DEPT. COME ON GSU NATION!!!!!!!!!!!!

RidgeRunner

November 14th, 2012
2:12 pm

BYU started out with a hot hand making their first 5 threes. The rest of the night they were 3 of 15 but the damage had been done. Those first minutes look absolutely terrible. I commented to my wife that both teams combined shot 50%, BYU made almost all of theirs and GSU missed almost all of theirs.

Good reporting.

Utah Panther

November 14th, 2012
3:01 pm

I was at game last night in Provo and have never seen a team shoot as hot as BYU and as cold as GSU. After the first 10 minutes, the Panthers settled down and played pretty well, actually winning the last half of the game but every point was a battle. Not bad for a young team against a very big, talented BYU team. This BYU team seems better than the one two years ago that went to the sweet 16 with Jimmer. Unfortunately, you spot any team 30 points and the final result is pretty obvious. Panthers were scrappy but seemed tiny compared to Cougars which could be a problem this year. Manny had a breakout game and Devonte showed some good stuff against elite competition. The toughest part of the season is past and things should rapidly get better as this young Panther team matures.

FromWA

November 14th, 2012
3:56 pm

One thing that you can take some solace in is that all teams start slow against BYU at the Marriott Center. Something about the dimensions seems to throw off almost every opponent in the first half. If you look at most teams that play there that are not regular visitors, they start slow. So if you are a GSU fan, throw out the offense for the first 5 minutes. Still gotta up the D.