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ATLANTA--Coming off a victory over Eastern Michigan, Georgia State continues its four-game homestand by hosting Georgia Southern Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the GSU Sports Arena in the first meeting between these two in-state foes since 1996-97.
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Trae Goldston scored 22 points and nailed five three-pointers to lead the Panthers (6-6) to a 66-65 win over Eastern Michigan Saturday. Georgia Southern (3-9), coached by former Georgia Tech assistant Charlton Young, last played Thursday, falling at Evansville, 75-58.
Now in his third season at Georgia State, head coach Rod Barnes has a veteran team that features six seniors, headlined by all-conference guard Joe Dukes.
Dukes, a 6-1 senior from Cuthbert, Ga., is a preseason selection to the All-Colonial Athletic Association second team after earning third-team honors a year ago. The dynamic guard averages a team-leading 12.8 points per game, along with 4.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game. He ranks 15th in the CAA in scoring as well as fourth in steals, 14th in field goal percentage (.406) and 15th in free throw percentage (.761). His scored 22 points last week at Florida State for his third 20-point game of the season.
Dukes is joined in the Panthers' three-guard alignment by Goldston, the 6-0 senior, and 6-5 junior Marques Johnson, a transfer from NC State who has started three of the last four games. In his three starts at the point, he has averaged 3.3 points, 4.3 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals.
Goldston, the Decatur, Ga., native, is the Panthers' second-leading scorer at 11.6 ppg. He is also GSU's top three-point threat, ranking sixth in Panther annals in career treys, and he needs just two triples to move ahead of Kevin Morris (160, 1997-01) for fifth place.
The top backup in the backcourt is 6-3 sophomore James Fields, a strong defender who averages 3.4 ppg and 1.5 rpg. He had a nine-point effort last week at FSU.
In the post, the Panthers use a primary rotation of three seniors in 6-10 Xavier Hansbro, 6-7 Trey Hampton and 6-6 Ousman Krubally.
Hansbro is third on the team in scoring (9.4 ppg) and rebounding (5.1 rpg).
Georgia State's top rebounder is Krubally at 6.8 pg (ninth in the CAA), along with 6.3 ppg, while Hampton contributes 5.0 ppg and 5.3 rpg. Krubally is second in the league in offensive rebounds (3.3).
Promising freshman post player James Vincent, 6-10, should continue to earn more minutes as he rounds into shape after a preseason foot injury limited his practice time. He had his best game of the season at Florida State with four points and seven rebounds.
On the wing, Barnes can also turn to 6-7 senior Kevin Lott (2.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg), 6-5 sophomore Jihad Ali (4.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg) or 6-4 junior Dante Curry (1.7 ppg).
Georgia State and Georgia Southern are meeting for the first time since 1996-97. The two schools were long-time conference rivals in the Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) but have played just twice since Georgia Southern moved to the Southern Conference in 1992-93.
Georgia Southern leads the all-time series, 30-11, but the Panthers have won the last two meetings and four of the last seven. The last meeting took place on Dec. 21, 1996 in Statesboro, when the Panthers won, 68-49. Georgia State also captured the last meeting in Atlanta with a 60-58 victory on Dec. 12, 1995. The Eagles last win in the series was a 95-82 decision in the championship game of the 1992 TAAC Tournament, played at Georgia Southern.
The only schools that Georgia State has played more than Georgia Southern (41 games) are Mercer (80) and Samford (46).
The Eagles are coached by former Georgia Tech assistant Charlton Young, an alumnus of Georgia Southern in his first season as head coach.
Both teams have played at NC State this season. Georgia State fell to the Wolfpack, 69-53, in the season opener, while the Eagles lost, 75-57, on Dec. 12.
GOLDSTON IS GOLDEN AGAINST EAGLES
Trae Goldston scored a season-high 22 points to lead the Panthers to a 66-65 victory over Eastern Michigan Saturday at the GSU Sports Arena.
The senior guard went 5-for-8 from beyond the arc. He scored 15 points in the second half on four treys and an old-fashioned three-point play as the Panthers erased a seven-point deficit in the final eight minutes. His final triple put GSU ahead, 62-60, with 2:54 to play.
Goldston's effort against Eastern Michigan was his ninth career game of at least 20 points and 24th with 15 or more points.
ROAD WARRIORS FINALLY RETURN HOME
Georgia State is home at last after playing nine of their first 11 games of the season away from home.
The Panthers' road stretch included a grueling segment that saw the Panthers play five away games in seven days. The Panthers were in Daytona Beach, Fla., for the Glenn Wilkes Classic from Nov. 20-22, and then participated in South Alabama Thanksgiving Tournament, Nov. 25-26 in Mobile, Ala. Georgia State is coming off a two-game swing in Tallahassee, Fla., for games at Florida A&M and at Florida State. The FSU game is one of two ACC road tests for the Panthers, who opened the season at NC State.
The tide now turns as the Panthers are playing four straight and five out of six at the GSU Sports Arena.
PANTHERS PLAY D
Georgia State LEADS THE NATION in three-point field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to just 23 percent from beyond the arc.
Georgia State ranks highly in every defensive category in the CAA. The Panthers rank second in the league in both scoring defense (57.8 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (.380).
The Panthers also rank fifth in the CAA in steals with 7.4 per game, and fourth in rebounding margin at +1.7.
POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE
Starting forward Trey Hampton is officially a Georgia State graduate as the Hoover, Ala., native earned his degree in sociology following the fall semester. He will enroll in classes toward a second degree for the spring semester.
Hampton is one of six seniors on this year's team. The other five seniors are all scheduled to graduate this spring.
JOHNSON STEPS UP
Marques Johnson, a transfer from NC State, made his first start in a Georgia State uniform Dec. 5 against James Madison. The 6-5 guard played 37 minutes, contributing four points, three assists and three steals while effectively running the team. Johnson's presence allows all-CAA guard Joe Dukes to play off the ball to capitalize on his scoring ability.
The Fort Wayne, Ind., native followed with four points, five assists, three rebounds and a steal in his second start against Florida A&M.
In Georgia State's one-point win over Eastern Michigan, he hit a foul line jumper with 57 seconds left--his only points of the game--to give the Panthers the lead for good.
In three starts, Johnson has averaged 3.3 points, 4.3 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.
Johnson also had a strong effort off the bench in the Panthers' win over Utah Valley, when he tallied six points, five rebounds and five assists.