Georgia State returned home for their final non-conference home game in a Sunday match up against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. This game was the 3rd straight season facing the Eagles in Atlanta and will return to Southern Miss next season. Th Panther’s 5 game winning streak came to an end Wednesday night as Old Dominion defeated GSU 58-54 in overtime.
Ryan Harrow lead the Panthers to victory scoring 27 points along with 3 assist and 3 rebounds. Southern Miss held strong during the 1st half, yet their 11 turnovers kept them at bay giving GSU the advantage. RJ Hunter seemed to have very low energy in the Sunday match up. After the game, Head Coach Ron Hunter, RJ’s Father, tells us that RJ wasn’t feeling well but contributed 18 points with 7 assist.
In the second half, my hometown university Southern Miss made a great adjustment to the tuff Georgia State defense. Southern Miss slowed their offensive tempo down and slowly chipped away at the Panther’s lead. As the lead turned into single digits, GSU Coach Ron Hunter called a timeout to redirected his team. Coach Hunter made an even better adjustment on the defensive end pressing the Eagles as soon as the ball reach half court forcing the Golden Eagles to make quicker decision with the ball.
GSU Coach Ron Hunter spoke to the media during the post game press conference. He states, “10am this morning we thought RJ was not going to play. About 11am, he (RJ Hunter) said he wanted to give it a try. Ryan Harrow had to pick it up today for his back court mate.” Coach Hunter talks about the teams defesive play saying, “What’s carried us this year is our defense, so proud of our defense, of all the years I’ve coached this is the best defensive team I’ve ever coached.”
The Panthers will return to the road December 27 at Green Bay before returning home to the GSU Sports Arena against UL Monroe on December 30. 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