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.
The 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.
Freshman 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.
Hunter 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.
“The 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 bench.
“I 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 too.”
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 on Saturday.
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 record.
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 per contest.
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 history.
Following 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 visiting GeorgiaStateSports.com.