ATLANTA-Coming off an impressive win on Saturday, Georgia
State will travel to New York to face Hofstra on Monday night at the Mack
Sports Complex. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in the Panthers first CAA road game
of the year.
Georgia State (6-9, 1-1 CAA) snapped a five-game losing
streak on Saturday with a 16-point victory against James Madison. Hofstra
(3-10, 0-0 CAA) will be playing its first conference game of the year and is
looking to snap a seven-game losing streak after not winning a game in December.
Despite the face that Hofstra leads the all-time series
8-3, Georgia State won both match-ups by double-digits last season, including a
16-point win in New York and a record-setting 35-point victory in the first round
of the CAA Tournament.
game can be heard live on WRAS-FM 88.5 beginning with the Panther Pregame Show
at 6:30 p.m. with the ‘Voice of the Panthers’ Dave Cohen calling the action.
Live stats and live video will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com.
R.J. Hunter, who leads all CAA freshman in scoring and rebounding, is one of
just five freshman in the country averaging at least 16.0 points and 5.0
rebounds per game. In his first two CAA games last week, he averaged 21.0
points, 6.5 rebounds and shot 55.2 percent from the floor, along with 6-of-12
from three-point range.
has already won three CAA Rookie of the Week honors this year and is a leading
candidate for rookie of the year honors. He has scored 20-plus points six times
this season and just missed with 19 points against James Madison on Saturday.
reason we won on Saturday was balanced scoring and really good defense,”
commented head coach Ron Hunter. “We know that R.J., Manny and Devonta are
going to have to score points for us, but we also need production from players
like James Vincent and Rashaad Richardson, along with solid minutes from our
keep telling our players that if we hold the opposition under 60 points, we are
going to win a lot of games. We were able to do that on Saturday, while forcing
double-digit turnovers. As impressive as our offense was, our defense was big
R.J. Hunter, the only son of head coach Ron Hunter is
averaging a team-high 16.2 points per game, seventh in the CAA, and 5.9
rebounds per game, the 15th best mark in the conference. He is also
collecting 2.2 three-pointers per game, fourth best in the league and shooting
37.1 percent from beyond the arc, sixth in the conference.
Hunter is also among the CAA leaders in free throw percentage,
steals, blocked shots, minutes played and defensive rebounds.
Junior point guard Devonta White, who earned Preseason
All-CAA Second Team honors before the season and was 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 steals per game, averaging 2.1.
White is second on the team in scoring, averaging 14.1
points per game, 12th in the CAA, while dishing out 3.1 assists, fourth in the
league. The junior dished out a career-high seven assists against James Madison
One of three team captains, White, who
missed 10 games during his freshman season due to an injury, is just 246 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
15.4 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 four double-doubles by just two
rebounds, including a 15-point, 8-rebound effort against the Dukes.
From nearby Tucker, Ga., the Virginia
Tech transfer is averaging 12.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this season, both
among the top 16 in the CAA. Atkins is also shooting 76.2 percent from the free
throw line, tied for the 11th best mark in the CAA. He is second in the CAA in
three-point field goal percentage, hitting 42.1 percent from beyond the arc. He
is also 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. With eight blocked shots on Saturday,
Vincent moved into the top five in GSU history in blocked shots. His
eight-block performance was the third most in a single-game in school history.
Earlier this year, he blocked nine shots against Monmouth to tie the school
He leads the CAA averaging 2.8 blocked shots per game and is among the
top 25 in the league in rebounding, pulling down 4.9 per contest.
Hofstra is led by Taran Buie who is scoring 15.1 points and pulling
down 3.7 rebounds per game. Steve Mejia is adding 10.1 points and 4.1 assists
In last season’s CAA Tournament, Georgia State earned an impressive
85-50 first round victory against the Pride, the largest margin of victory in tournament
Monday’s contest, Georgia State will return home to face Delaware on Saturday
at noon. The game will air live on CSS and will serve as the Centennial Game
for Georgia State University, which is celebrating its 100th year
anniversary in 2013. Tickets are available by calling 1-866-GA-STATE or