Panthers Stifle Hofstra in 61-43 Victory
ATLANTA—Manny Atkins had 13 points and nine rebounds and Georgia State allowed a season-low 43 points as the Panthers downed Hofstra, 61-43, Wednesday at the GSU Sports Arena.
Georgia State forced 22 Hofstra turnovers and held the Pride to just 29 percent shooting from the field. The 43 points are the fewest allowed by the Panthers since defeating Tennessee Tech, 74-43, in last year’s CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
“I told the guys that there is no such thing as an ugly win,” commented head coach Ron Hunter after the game. “Our offense was not producing at the rate that we like, but our defense stepped up and forced 22 turnovers. We played with a lot of effort tonight and that resulted in just giving up 43 points.
“A pair of freshmen, LaRon Smith and David Travers gave us some great minutes off the bench tonight. I makes me really happy to see the direction the program is going when our young players can give us minutes like that.”
Vincent went 5-for-5 from the field and also contributed four rebounds and two blocked shots. Freshman David Travers equaled his career best with eight points off the bench.
Georgia State trailed early, 10-4, before exploding for 16 straight points to take a 20-10 lead with eight minutes left in the half. Crider started the run with a steal and layup, and the Panthers forced three more turnovers during that stretch. Georgia State harassed Hofstra into a total of 13 turnovers in the first half en route to a 28-19 lead at the intermission.
Vincent opened the second half by scoring GSU’s first seven points as the Panthers built a 35-21 lead.
Steve Mejia led Hofstra with his first career double-double, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Georgia State scored 31 points off Hofstra’s turnovers and outscored the Pride 26-14 in the paint.
The Panthers will begin a three-game road trip on Saturday at George Mason. Tip is set for 4 p.m. from the Patriot Center in a game that will be televised live on CSS. Georgia State will remain in Virginia to take on William & Mary on Monday night at 7 p.m.