Georgia State played their final exhibition game against the Shorter Hawks Monday night at the GSU Sports Arena. The Panthers dominated the game from the tip off. Georgia State guard Ryan Harrow showed his quick transition skills as he glided up and down the court. To me, Harrow reminds me of a John Wall, very quick and nice ball handling. One of the things that was consistent with the Panthers was their rebounding. Georgia State out rebounded the Shorter Hawks at the half 28-16. As for the fans, in just an exhibition game, the 1,800 plus crowd came out to support their defending Sun Belt Conference champs. Georgia State kept the fans engaged with several activities.
The fans love their star player RJ Hunter and he made sure not to disappoint in the second half finishing the game with 20 Pts, 10 Rebs, and 6 Ats. After the Panther switched to a 2-3 defense, the game went totally one sided. Ryan Harrow finished by leading in scoring with 21 pts, Kevin Ware made his presents known on the defensive sided forcing a handful of steals and scoring 10 Pts.
Coach Hunter spoke to the media during the post game press conference stating, “We’re working some of the kinks out right now.” He went on to speak on Jeff Thomas, “Jeff is a big key, he’s coming along. Still hasn’t been cleared yet.” On his son RJ Hunter he says, “He’s looking more and more like his father everyday.” He also tells us, “I never want us to be great in November, that means we’re not able to peak at the right time.”
RJ Hunter spoke to the media stating early in the game, “I thought early I forced some things.” On playing with Kevin Ware he says, “I love playing with Kevin. One of the most unselfish players I ever played with.”
Georgia State will open the regular season on Friday facing Tennessee Temple in the Sports Arena at 7 p.m.It will be the Panthers lone regular season home game during the month of November.
Less than 40 season tickets currently remain available for purchase in the lower level. 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