In the Panthers first game of the season at GSU Sports Arena, the 2014 Sun Belt Champions defended Tennessee Temple 115-55. In the first half, Ryan Harrow set the tone for the game and put the Panthers up quickly to a 6-0 lead. GSU shut down the paint area on the defensive end and forced Tennessee Temple into a jump shooting team. Tennessee Temple shot 34% and 2-11 from three, Georgia State had the Crusaders locked down on defense.
Curtis Washington took over in the second half scoring 10 points for the Panthers. GSU won the inside game scoring 44-16 in the paint. Panthers aren’t the best at scoring from behind the arch but shot the ball well on Friday night shooting 62%. Ryan Harrow lead in scoring with 25 points, RJ Hunter scored 24 points with 6 assist, and Kevin Ware scored 12 points, 5 assist, and 3 steals.
Head Coach Ron Hunter spoke to the media stating, “I can’t say enough how much I like this team defensively.” He defends Kevin Ware’s offensive game telling us, “Kevin Ware isn’t a big shot maker, he changes a team defensively and it’s contagious. He makes other guys want to defend.” With TJ Shipes finding his game this year, Coach Hunter says, “A light switch went off this summer and I saw a completely different player.” As Georgia State goes on a 6 game road trip staring at Iowa State, Coach Hunter says, “I think what a great way to see exactly were we are starting Monday. I hope Georgia State realized how special the guys are (Kevin Ware, RJ Hunter, Ryan Harrow) together, you don’t get that often.”
The 1800 plus GSU fans had the opportune to take a picture with the 2014 Georgia State Sun Belt Championship banner.