ATLANTA-Georgia State will look to get back on the right track when the Panthers host James Madison on Saturday afternoon in the Sports Arena. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
Georgia State (5-9, 0-1 CAA) has lost five straight, but has won five-of-six from James Madison (7-6, 1-0 CAA), including both match-ups last season.
The Panthers have lost games by one-point, two-points and an overtime contest during the streak.
The game can be heard live on WRAS-FM 88.5 beginning with the Panther Pregame Show at 1:30 p.m. with the ‘Voice of the Panthers’ Dave Cohen and former Panther Rodney Turner calling the action. Live stats and live video will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com.
Despite 23 points from freshman R.J. Hunter, Georgia State dropped its CAA opener on Wednesday night to Drexel, 77-60. Hunter, who has already won three CAA Rookie of the Week honors and is a leading candidate for rookie of the year honors, has scored 20-plus points six times this season.
“R.J. is doing a lot of good things on the court right now, but we cannot rely on a freshman to be our only scorer,” commented head coach Ron Hunter after Wednesday night’s game. “For us to get where we want to, we need more production from all of our starters and our bench needs to start giving us better minutes.
“One of the biggest things that can hurt a young team is a lack of confidence. Right now, a lot of our guys are lacking confidence and it is my job to help them get going in the right direction. Once that happens, we know that we are going to be a special team.”
R.J. Hunter, the only son of head coach Ron Hunter, leads all CAA freshmen in scoring and rebounding. The Indianapolis native is averaging a team-high 16.0 points per game, tied for sixth in the CAA, and 5.8 rebounds per game, the 17th best mark in the conference. He is also collecting 2.1 three-pointers per game, fourth best in the league and shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc, seventh in the conference.
Hunter is also among the CAA leaders in free throw percentage, steals, blocked shots and defensive rebounds.
Junior point guard Devonta White, who earned Preseason All-CAA Second Team honors before the season and has also named to the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award Watch List by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, leads the CAA in minutes played (36.6) and is second in steals per game, averaging 2.1.
White is second on the team in scoring, averaging 14.4 points per game, 11th in the CAA, while dishing out 2.9 assists, eighth in the league.
The junior captain, who missed 10 games during his freshman season due to an injury, is just 257 points away from becoming the 17th Panther with 1,000 career points. He is just off pace to eclipse that mark by the end of the year, needing to average 15.1 points per game in the remaining regular season contests.
Redshirt-junior Manny Atkins has missed three double-doubles this season by just one rebound and another three double-doubles by just two rebounds.
From nearby Tucker, Ga., the Virginia Tech transfer is averaging 12.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game this season, both among the top 20 in the CAA. Atkins is also shooting 75.6 percent from the free throw line, 11th best in the CAA. He is second in the CAA in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 40.0 percent from beyond the arc. He is also tied for ninth in the CAA making 1.6 three-pointers per game.
Lone senior James Vincent played in his 100th career game on Wednesday night against Drexel. He is now just outside of the top 10 in most career games played in GSU history.
He leads the CAA averaging 2.4 blocked shots per game and is among the top 25 in the league in rebounding, pulling down 4.9 per contest. He blocked two shots against Drexel and is now just four blocked shots shy of becoming just the sixth Panther to earn 100 career blocks.
James Madison is looking to extend its longest winning streak in two years, having won four in a row and six of seven. Redshirt-senior Rayshawn Goins led JMU with 16 points in the Dukes CAA opening win over Old Dominion.
Goins is one of three Dukes averaging in double figures, along with Devon Moore and Andrey Semenov. He leads the team in points (14.5) and rebounds (7.3) per game.
Following Saturday’s contest, Georgia State will return to the court on Monday night. The Panthers will travel to Hempstead, N.Y. to face Hofstra with tip set for 7 p.m.