Hempstead, N.Y.-On a historic Saturday at the Mack Sports Complex, Georgia State earned an impressive 59-43 win over Hofstra. With six blocks, senior Eric Buckner set State's career blocks record in just his second season with the Panthers.
Buckner moved ahead of Zavian Smith (1989-1994) and now has 129 blocks for his career. The senior scored 12 points and pulled down five rebounds in the win. He is now just one block shy of Sylvester Morgan for the single season mark of 81 set during the 2004-05 season.
With the win, Georgia State improved to 16-8 overall and 8-5 in the CAA. Hofstra lost for the 10th time in 12 games to fall to 8-17, 2-11 in conference. The Panthers are fifth in the league with five conference games to play.
"Today was a really good team win," commented head coach Ron Hunter. "We got off to a great start and overcame a run by Hofstra in the second half. I am proud of the way our team played and hopefully we can use it as some momentum going home."
Buckner, who just missed a double-double on Wednesday, has six games this season with five blocks or more. He entered the day leading the CAA in blocks and is among the top 10 in the NCAA this season.
"I have said this before, Eric Buckner is a special player," continued Hunter. "I am really happy that he was able to set this record. He has been one of our keys to success this season, and I look forward to him continuing to play at a high level during the final games of his collegiate career."
Georgia State shot 51.2 percent from the floor, while holding Hofstra to just 29.3 percent shooting and 13.6 percent from three-point range. The Panthers knocked down seven three-pointers, connecting on 43.8 percent of their shots from the outside.
Trailing 5-3 early in the first half, Georgia State used a 13-0 run during a five minute stretch to take a 16-5 lead with 9:05 to play.
For the second straight game, the Panthers were effective from three-point range in the first half, knocking down six threes tonight after hitting five first-half three's against UNCW on Wednesday. Both White and Richardson hit three first-half treys as the Panthers shot 66.7 percent from beyond the arc to open the game.
Leading by nine, 21-12, GSU followed with a 10-0 run to build a 31-12 first half lead with 3:42 to play, holding Hofstra without a field goal for more than three minutes and building its biggest lead of the game.
The Panthers went into halftime leading 33-18, holding the Pride to 27.6 percent shooting from the floor and 8.3 percent from three-point range.
Mike Moore's three-pointer with 13:32 left in the game cut Georgia State's lead to 10, 45-35, causing Hunter to call his first time-out of the half. Moussa Kone followed with a lay-up to cut the deficit to eight with 11:35 left in the game, but that is as close as Hofstra would get.
Moore, the CAA's leading scorer, was held to 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting. Nathaniel Lester led the Pride with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Georgia State will return home next week for Spirit Week. The Panthers will host Northeastern on Wednesday at 7 p.m. to kick-off a long week of festivities.
The game can be heard live on WRAS-FM 88.5 beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the Panther Pregame Show. Live stats and live video are available at GeorgiaStateSports.com.
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