Georgia State preparing for first home hoops game

Georgia State, 0-2 after opening with the two toughest games it will likely play this year, will play its first home game when it hosts Monmouth at 7 p.m. Monday at the Sports Arena.

The game is part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, which will also feature Tennessee State (0-3) and South Alabama (2-0), who will face off at 4 p.m. Monday.

The Panthers will host Tennessee State, coached by former Georgia State player Travis Williams, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, before hosting South Alabama at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Georgia State is coming off losses at Duke and at BYU in which the offense had difficulties during stretches. The team is shooting 36.2 percent, including a dismal 22.2 percent from the 3-point arc. Defensively,  opponents are hitting 51.4 percent of their shots, including 43.2 percent of their 3-pointers.

The Panthers feature three scorers who are averaging at least 13 points per game in Devonta White (16.5), Manny Atkins (13) and R.J. Hunter (13), but no other player is averaging more than 4.5 points.

Monmouth defeated Hofstra 91-62 and lost 84-57 to Notre Dame and 65-62 to Rider. The Hawks are led by guard Andrew Nicholas, who averages 15 points per game, and guard Dion Nesmith, who averages 10.3. They are getting outrebounded by almost 10 per game and only hitting 25.5 percent of their 3-pointers, but have 41 steals .

Tennessee State has opened with losses at Brigham Young, South Dakota State and Minnesota. The Tigers are led by forward Robert Covington, who averages 14 points per game, and forward Kellen Thornton, who averages 13.

Tennessee State had the same type of luck against BYU that the Panthers did. The Tigers shot just 33.8 percent as a team, while BYU made 30 of its 55 shots for a 54.5 percentage. The Panthers shot 35.4 percent, while BYU made 31 of its 60 shots for a 51.7 percentage.

South Alabama opened with a 76-71 victory over No. 25 Florida State, the reigning ACC tournament champions. Forward Augustine Rubit leads the Jaguars with 16 points per game. Guard Mychal Ammons is averaging a 15.0 points and 12.0 rebounds.

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

12 comments Add your comment

Dwayne Greene

November 18th, 2012
1:09 pm

Doug Roberson

November 18th, 2012
1:36 pm

Congrats, Dwayne

Destiny Dwayne

November 18th, 2012
1:52 pm

God bless you, Doug Roberson.

GSU Men's BB Fan

November 18th, 2012
4:24 pm

Thanks Doug! Looking forward to seeing how the team has regrouped after a few days off. Hopefully, we handle our business in these three games. I’m especially looking forward to the USA game. Its not just a future SBC foe, but also our chance for an early (very early) season RPI bump.


November 19th, 2012
1:19 am

USA is looking pretty good after that win over FSU… Looking forward to see how the team rebounds after playing DUKE and BYU.

Pack the Sports Arena! Go Panthers!

GSU freshman

November 19th, 2012
7:33 am

Beat them GSU Panthers!!!

John Bond

November 19th, 2012
9:27 am

Cheryl and I have a big announcement at halftime. Go Panthers!


November 19th, 2012
10:45 am

We will learn a lot about this young team over the next 3 days. I will be there.


November 19th, 2012
12:45 pm

Is Huntersville setup yet? Let’s go Panthers.


November 19th, 2012
1:00 pm

Delaware beats Virginia, South Alabama beats Florida State…. Cheryl Levick still has her job? And gets paid how much? GSU will not be a stepping stone!!


November 19th, 2012
2:24 pm

I hope there is a nice crowd with school being out. I hate that the first few games of the season have to be without students on campus.

460 JC Camp Student Center

November 19th, 2012
5:14 pm

There were tents set up in front of the Sports Arena this morning… must be basketball season.