ATLANTA-Looking to bounce back from a tough two-game road trip in Louisiana, Georgia State will host Troy on Wednesday night in the GSU Sports Arena at 7 p.m. The Panthers are 9-1 at home this season and 67-11 on Decatur Street over the last five-plus seasons.

Georgia State (16-8, 7-4 Sun Belt) stands in third place in the league standings entering Wednesday night and will look to top Troy (11-12, 4-7 Sun Belt) which snapped a four-game losing streak on Saturday against Arkansas State.

Wednesday’s contest can be heard live on WAOK-AM 1380 and WRAS-FM 88.5 with Dave Cohen, now in his 36th year as the Voice of the Panthers, being joined by former Panther Lamont McIntosh calling the action. The game will also air live on ESPN+ with Sam Crenshaw and Rodney Turner calling the action. Live statistics and live audio will be available at and on most mobile devices.

The Trojans have won four of the last five in the series with the Panthers, including a 77-75 victory in Troy last month as Jordan Varnado knocked down a game-winning 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds to play.

Five members of Georgia State’s line-up are averaging in double figures, while defensively the Panthers rank the top 20 in blocked shots per game. Georgia State has made 231 3-pointers, ranked No. 31 in the nation after setting a school and conference record with 323 last year.

“Our team is facing some adversity right now, but rather than feeling sorry for ourselves, we are working hard to get back to our winning ways,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “We have had a couple of great days of practice and are excited to get back out on the court Wednesday night.”

Since returning from injury, senior Devin Mitchell has shown why he is one of the best shooters in the country. After missing the first seven games, Mitchell has returned to average 14.0 points per game while shooting 46.5 percent from 3-point range. He has made 60 3-pointers in 17 games this season after knocking down 98 treys last year.

Junior D’Marcus Simonds, the 2017-18 Sun Belt Player of the Year, is sixth in the league averaging 19.0 points per game. He stands in second-place on Georgia State’s all-time scoring list with 1,587 points after scoring 19 against Louisiana. He is just 233 points shy of R.J. Hunter from becoming the all-time career points leader in program history. His career scoring averaging of 18.0 points per game ranks No. 18 among all active NCAA players.

Senior Malik Benlevi, who has knocked down a 50 3-pointers, is averaging 11.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Senior Jeff Thomas is adding 11.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest and has knocked down 48 3-pointers this season.

Freshman Nelson Phillips rounds out the starting line-up after making his first career start against Louisiana last Friday. He finished the game with 14 points and six rebounds.

Sophomore Kane Williams, who has come off the bench the last four games, is averaging 10.7 points and 3.5 assists per game.


  • Georgia State’s 16-8 start to the season is tied for the fourth-best 24-game start in program history.
  • Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Panthers have won more games (126) than any other NCAA Division I team in the state of Georgia.
  • Jeff Thomas (192/t4th), Devin Mitchell (192/t4th) and Malik Benlevi (158/10th) all rank among Georgia State career top 10 in 3-point field goals made.

Following Wednesday’s game, Georgia State will remain at home and host South Alabama on Friday night at 7 p.m.

Quick Notes:

• Georgia State made its second NCAA Tournament in the last four years in 2018 and returns four of five starters. GSU has finished in the top two of the final regular season conference standings four times in the last five years.
• Georgia State is currently in third place in the Sun Belt Conference standings at 7-4. The Panthers have finished no worse than second in the Sun Belt in four of the last five years.
• Troy has won four of the last five against Georgia State, including a 77-75 win in Troy in January.
• The Panthers are 72-33 in Sun Belt Conference regular season games since rejoining the league in 2013-14.
• Georgia State is 15-0 when leading at the half this season, among the top 5 most wins at the half in the country without a loss.
• Georgia State’s 16-8 start is the tied for the fourth-best 24-game start in program history.
• Georgia State won nine non-conference games, tied for the most in program history.
• Georgia State faced five opponents who competed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament in the first 11 games of the season. (Montana, St. Bonaventure, Creighton, Alabama, and No. 24 Kansas State) all away from home going 2-3.
• GSU has beaten two Power 5 opponents in one season for the second time in program history (Georgia and Alabama). Those wins are the only two P5 wins for Sun Belt schools this season.
• GSU has more SEC wins this year than Georgia (1) and Vanderbilt (0) and is tied with Missouri and Texas A&M.
• GSU’s 21-point halftime comeback at Alabama is tied for the 12th-largest halftime comeback in NCAA history.
• Over the last 12 months, three Panthers have made at least eight 3-pointers in a game. Malik Benlevi knocked down eight against UGA (11/21), while Jeff Thomas did it against Mercer (11/13) earlier this year. Last season, Devin Mitchell made 10 3-pointers at Little Rock.
• Georgia State set a school and conference record with 323 3-pointers last season. Averaging 9.6 3-pointers per game this season, the Panthers are on pace to break that mark.
• Since the 2013-14 season, GSU has won more games (126) than any other NCAA Division I team in Georgia.
• Junior D’Marcus Simonds is averaging 18.0 points per game for his career which currently ranks No. 18 among all active NCAA players and is tops in the Sun Belt. He has made 583 career field goals which is No. 38 among all active players and the No. 3 junior in the country.
• Simonds was named the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year after earning AP All-America Honorable Mention last season. He earned Sun Belt Player of the Week honors on Nov. 12.
Jeff Thomas (192/t4th), Devin Mitchell (192/t4th) and Malik Benlevi (158/10th) all rank among Georgia State career top 10 in 3-point field goals made.
• GSU is one of just 13 programs in the country to feature two assistant coaches who have NCAA D1 head coach experience (McCallum - Ball State/Houston/Detroit and Williams - Tennessee State).
• Head coach Ron Hunter, Georgia State’s all-time leader in wins, earned the 150th win of his career at GSU in the opening game of the Cayman Islands Classic against St. Bonaventure.
• Hunter has led the Panthers to four of the seven most successful seasons in program history, including a pair of 25-win seasons and 24 wins last year.