Quickly catching up on the past two weeks

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.

Hunter honored

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.

Women’s hoops

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.

Muasau to Giants

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

7 comments Add your comment

Concrete Cats

January 7th, 2013
1:23 pm

I can’t wait for football to start. All this recruiting is going to pay off BIG TIME!

Sam

January 7th, 2013
2:58 pm

Thanks for putting something up. Haven’t seen anything new at this site for weeks. Isn’t anything happening at all on the football front these days? I know we’ve just been through the holidays, but come on. Any little bit of information would be appreciated.

hammer22

January 7th, 2013
4:26 pm

I appreciate the work Doug does, but I agree with you Sam.

Doug Roberson

January 7th, 2013
5:57 pm

Not alot has happened. The university, including the h.r. department, has been mostly closed.

couldn't have "ben moore" wrong

January 7th, 2013
11:18 pm

my sources say the AD is leaving… and i stand by my sources.

auburn grad

January 9th, 2013
8:33 am

When will the 2013 football schedule be released? Might be a good time to schedule Auburn.

Chicken Bone

January 9th, 2013
11:07 am

Agree with Auburn Grad. Alabama again???