By Stan Awtrey
For the AJC
With two seconds showing on the clock and the ball at the wrong end of the court, Georgia State coach Ron Hunter called an old familiar play. Only this time it worked.
Georgia State’s Rashaad Richardson launched a well-defended jumper from just over the half-court line that miraculously went in to give the Panthers a 59-57 win over Tennessee State on Tuesday in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the GSU Sports Arena.
“I’ve probably run it 20 times, and we’ve never made it,” Hunter said.
He knows it works now, but only because he heard the crowd’s reaction. Hunter didn’t see the ball actually go in, but was pretty sure when he saw the court was flooded by GSU students and his players sprawled on top of each other in a dogpile. The next thing you now Richardson was being carried around on the shoulders of fans as Hunter pounded his fists in exultation on press row and howled with the fans.
Richardson, “That was pretty cool.”
Tennessee State took a 57-56