The Georgia State Panthers defeated the Troy Trojans in a hard fought game Saturday afternoon at the GSU Sports Arena 77-72. This comes after a tough 84-80 lost to UL Lafayette Thursday night. The Troy Trojans were very prepared to battle with the defending Sun Belt Champions in conference play. Troy was very aggressive on the defensive side of the ball early on, but RJ Hunter made sure to step up for the Panthers scoring 14 points before the half. Despite GSU’s tough 2-3 defense, The Trojans out rebound the Panthers on both ends of the ball. Troy lead with 11 second chance points to GSU’s 2 points and held a 34-32 lead at the half.
During halftime, I notice one GSU player in particular was not seeing any playing time, starting point guard Ryan Harrow. I then saw Ryan as he came for the locker room with a noticeable limp. Harrow did not play but did suit up for the game. With just 97 points away from being GSU’s 5th Panther to reach 1,000 career points, Ryan Harrow has a toe injury that he will be sideline for until their match up against UT Arlington on January 15.
After the half, there were 20 lead chances and 10 score ties, that is how intense this game was. RJ Hunter and local player for Troy, Musa Abdul-Aleem went on a scoring frenzy. Both players ending the game with 30+ performances. I think what secured a win for the Panthers was forcing turnovers, Troy’s Kelton Ford with 5 turnovers, and also GSU’s free throw attempts. Both teams in the 2nd were in the bonus but GSU went 22-26 from line and shot their way to a victory. Isaiah Dennis stepped up in the absents of Ryan Harrow and made several plays to give the Panther the W.
In the post game conference, RJ hunter says, “I am personally exhausted, but I like this feeling, means your doing something right.” I notice as RJ sat for the press conference he seemed tired. Hunter states, “We’ve done alot of traveling with short rest, but I thought we fought threw it today.” As for Troy guard Musa Abdul-Aleem, RJ tells us, “He’s tough, he’s patient, he defends, he shoots it, he’s strong, their going to be good, I don’t know how they have not won more games.” Head Coach Ron Hunter gives statement about Ryan Harrow injury, “If it was a evening game, he may have given it a shot but it was just too quick. He will be back Thursday.” Coach Hunter goes on to say how important Isaiah Dennis was in the absents on Harrow, “His pose was terrific.”
The Panthers will face UT Arlington this Thursday at the GSU Sports Arena, this will be served as the annual Samaritan’s Feet game in which Head Coach Ron Hunter will coach barefoot to raise awareness for the organization. GSU will play 15 home contests this winter at the GSU Sports Arena. Season ticket prices in the lower level start at $165 for the general public and $132 for faculty and staff (who receive a 20 percent discount). For more information or to purchase tickets, call 866-GA-STATE