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ATLANTA—Georgia State will play its second and final exhibition game of the preseason on Sunday night at 6 p.m. facing Albany State in the GSU Sports Arena. The Panthers are coming off of a 23-point win in their exhibition opener on Monday night.
The game can be heard live on WRAS-FM 88.5, with Dave Cohen, now in his 30th year as the voice of the Panthers, being joined by former Panther Rodney Turner. Live statistics are available at GeorgiaStateSports.com.
Sunday night’s game will mark the Panthers final warm-up for the Nov. 9 regular season opener at Duke. That game will be televised live on ESPNU at 7 p.m. from Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Head coach Ron Hunter played 14 players, including eight newcomers in the first exhibition game against Life and plans to do the same this week as the group continues to come together on the court.
“The first exhibition game was a good test for us,” commented Hunter. “We needed to work some nervous energy off and we did that in the first half. We played well in the second half and were able to get some starters and some key reserves solid minutes.
“This second exhibition game will allow us to have one final tune-up before the regular season opener. I will be looking for us to come out sharper in the first half and reduce the number of turnovers compared to our first game.”
Several storylines developed from the exhibition opener, including the play of freshman R.J. Hunter. In 32 minutes of action, Hunter scored 30 points on 11-of-20 shooting, including four three-pointers, eight rebounds and six assists.
“It was definitely a new experience to be coaching my son,” commented Ron Hunter after the game. “R.J. did a lot of things well and I enjoyed seeing him on the court. I made it no secret that it was tough to not be able to be there with him during his senior year of high school. Being able to watch him play was definitely special for me.”
Junior captain Rashaad Richardson also looked sharp, scoring 17 points in just 25 minutes. Richardson finished the game 5-of-11 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the free throw line while grabbing five rebounds.
Lone senior James Vincent added 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting, pulling down six rebounds in 30 minutes of action.
“I was really proud of James,” commented Hunter. “He moved up and down the floor well, rebounded hard and got some great put-backs for easy points.”
Junior Devonta White is expected to return to the line-up after sitting for precautionary reasons in the exhibition opener. White, who was named to the All-CAA Preseason Second Team prior to the start of the season, led the Panthers in scoring during the 2011-12 season.
“Devonta is my floor general,” continued Hunter. “We are a different team when he is on the court, both offensively and defensively. Although he missed the opener, I know he is ready for the season and will be fully ready for the regular season opener.”
Albany State is a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and went 13-15 last year.
The two teams have met just once before, with Georgia State earning a 90-75 victory during the 1976-77 season.
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