Georgia State (3-4) is looking to snap a two-game losing streak after winning three straight to open the home-stand. After a tough November, Liberty (0-7) is looking to open December with its first win of the season.
The Panthers feature head coach Ron Hunter and son R.J., while Liberty is led by Dale Layer and his son Ethan. The duos are among just seven father-son combos at the Division I level this season.
Hunter will be looking for his 300th career victory and earn the Panthers first road victory of the year after dropping games at Duke and BYU to begin the season.
The game will air live on ESPN3 and MASN2, channel 641 on DirectTV. It will also air tape delayed beginning at 4 p.m. on CSS.
The game can also be heard live on WRAS-FM 88.5 beginning with the Panther Pregame Show at 2:30 p.m. Live stats and live video will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com.
Georgia State dropped a tough 86-68 match-up with Louisiana Tech on Friday night in front of a season-high crowd of 2015. The Bulldogs won their seventh straight, shooting 54.2 percent from the floor while holding the Panthers to 34.7 percent shooting.
“We just got beat by a very good Louisiana Tech team last night,” commented head coach Ron Hunter after the game. “Our young team is not ready to play against experienced teams like that.
“The good thing is that we get to get right back out onto the court and can get that sour taste out of our mouths. Liberty is a team that has been struggling this year, but sometimes those are the teams that are the most dangerous. We are going to need to rebound the ball well and take advantage of second chance opportunities to come home with a victory.”
Junior Devonta White, who earned Preseason All-CAA Second Team honors, leads the team in scoring with 14.7 points per game, ninth in the CAA, and minutes, 36.3, second in the league. One of three team captains, White is also averaging 2.6 assists and 2.4 steals per game, including four on Friday night against Louisiana Tech. He is just 355 points away from becoming the 17th Panther with 1,000 career points.
Freshman R.J. Hunter, the only son of head coach Ron
Hunter, is scoring 14.6 points per game following a 23-point, seven-rebound game
against the Bulldogs. He is 12th in the CAA in scoring. He earned
his second CAA Rookie of the Week honor earlier this week after leading GSU to its
three wins last week.
Hunter is pulling down 5.7 rebounds per contest and shooting 77.1 percent from the free throw line, 7th best in the CAA.
Redshirt-junior Manny Atkins enters Sunday’s
contest just missing a double-double against Louisiana Tech, scoring 13 points
and pulling down nine rebounds on Friday night. The Virginia Tech transfer has
scored 54 points in his last three games.
Atkins is averaging 12.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, shooting 78.0 percent from the free throw line, tied for the fifth best in the CAA. He is tops in the league in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 46.4 percent from beyond the arc. He is also tied for third in the CAA making 1.9 three-pointers per game.
Senior James Vincent continues to show that he is one of the best big-men in the CAA, recording a league-best 2.6 blocked shots per game after two more against Louisiana Tech. He is seventh in school history with 80 blocks after tying a school-record with nine blocked shots against Monmouth earlier this season.
Redshirt-sophomore Cameron Solomon has been one of the
Panthers top players off the bench. He scored seven points in just six minutes
against the Bulldogs and is averaging 6.1 points per game, fourth best on the team,
despite playing just 12.9 minutes per contest.
Liberty is led by Davon Marshall who is averaging 11.9 points per game, playing a team-high 31.3 minutes per contest. J.R. Coranado is scoring 4.9 points per game, but adding a team-high 7.4 rebounds a night.
The Flames have played a difficult schedule, already having faced Richmond, Georgetown and Southern Miss this season. Liberty fell to Morgan State last time out, 67-62 on Thursday night.
Following Sunday’s game, Georgia State will take the week off for final exams. The Panthers will return to the court on Saturday, Dec., 8, facing Southern Poly in the Sports Arena at 2 p.m.