ATLANTA-Georgia State freshman guard R.J. Hunter collected a double-double in his first regular season game to earn Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week honors on Monday afternoon. Hunter scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Friday night’s season opener against No. 8 Duke.

The only son of coach Ron Hunter, R.J. finished 4-of-11 from the floor, hit a pair of three-pointers and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line.

His steal off the opening tip gave the Panthers an early 2-0 lead against the Blue Devils and his presence allowed the Panthers to trail by just two with eight minutes to play in the first half. Duke won the game 74-55 before a sell-out crowd at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

“I am very happy that R.J. was able to earn this honor,” commented Coach Hunter. “As I mentioned the other night, I was extremely proud to be able to watch him on the court and as he dad, this makes me very happy as well.”

Georgia State (0-1) will open the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Tuesday night at BYU (1-0). Tip-off is set for 9 p.m.

The Panthers will return home next week to host Monmouth, South Alabama and Tennessee State as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic regional in Atlanta. For tickets, call 1-866.GA.STATE or visit GeorgiaStateSports.com.

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