I hope each of you had a peaceful and enjoyable holiday.
A few things happened while I was gone:
Georgia State went 1-3 in men’s basketball, including a disheartening loss at Georgia Southern in which the Panthers squandered a 10-point lead in the final two minutes. But they bounced back to defeat James Madison 68-52 and will go into tonight’s game at Hofstra with a slightly new approach.
Coach Ron Hunter elected to play David Travers at the point for part of the game against Dukes, shifting Devonta White to the shooting guard, or off-guard, spot. The move seemed to work; the Panthers (6-9, 1-1) finished with more assists (14) than turnovers (11) for the first time since the win over Southern Poly. That’s not to say that White wasn’t capably leading the team, but he was carrying a majority of the ball-handling burden. Unlike last year’s team, this year’s doesn’t have a wealth of experienced ball-handlers. Adding another, even if Travers is a freshman, should alleviate some of the ball-handling issues that have sabotaged the team in late losses such as the one to Georgia Southern.
Hunter must try to solve the big-man puzzle, whose pieces include James Vincent, Denny Burguillos, T.J. Shipes and LaRon Smith. Vincent has been the best of the group, averaging 4.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. The stats indicate that the Panthers have yet to find any consistency at center or power forward this season. The answer may not come until next year when transfer Curtis Washington returns from his NCAA-mandated year on the bench.
R.J. Hunter earned his fourth Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week award earlier today after averaging 21 points and 6.5 rebounds in last week’s games.
For the season, he is averaging 16.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.
The women’s basketball team is 8-4. It has lost its last two games, but played both Toledo and Old Dominion very tough, losing the two games by a combined nine points. The team is at Hofstra on Thursday.
Former linebacker Jake Muasau posted on facebook that he has been added to the Giants roster. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the squad last year before being released.
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu