Hunter scored 22 points and Devonta White added 19 points and seven assists as
Georgia State downed Albany State, 80-60, in an exhibition game Sunday evening
at the GSU Sports Arena.
The game was
the final preseason tune-up for the Panthers, who open the regular season at
eighth-ranked Duke Friday at 7 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The game will be
televised on ESPNU on the opening night of college basketball season.
four three-pointers and went 8-for-9 at the free throw line to follow his
30-point effort in GSU’s first exhibition game. He also had four rebounds and
sat out the first exhibition, had two treys and three steals while hitting
7-of-8 from the charity stripe.
we were much better today,” commented head coach Ron Hunter after the win. “We
built up a very big lead and my only disappointment is that we let is slide at
the end of the game.
really well defensively tonight. That was a lot more of the way I expect us to
play on the defensive end of the court. I just want us to keep getting better
every game and we were able to do that tonight.”
took an early 12-7 lead with 13:13 remaining in the first half. The Panthers
responded with a 9-0 run over a three-minute stretch to take a 16-12 lead with
10:13 to play. Freshman Cameron Solomon scored five points in the run and
finished the game with seven points.
35-24 at the half, Georgia State opened the second half with a 29-6 run to
build a 64-30 advantage with 11 minutes to play. The Panthers took a 72-37 lead
on White’s three-point basket with 8:25 left before emptying the bench.
State finished the game shooting 30-of-34 from the free throw line, an 88.2
percent mark, making 18 straight at one point. The Panthers finished with 14
steals, forcing Albany State into 21 turnovers. GSU turned those 21 turnovers
into 33 points.
added 13 points for GSU while freshman Markus Crider finished with nine in just
led Albany State with 12 points, while Andrew Covin added 12.
State’s next home game will come on Nov. 19 as the Panthers host Monmouth on
the first day of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.