SAN ANTONIO, Texas-Sophomore R.J. Hunter hit a school and Sun Belt conference-record 12 3-pointers and scored a career-high 41-points to lead Georgia State to a 99-68 win over UTSA at the Convocation Center on Sunday afternoon.
Hunter broke his own school-record of 10 3-pointers set last season against ODU, while breaking his previous career-high of 38 points set in the same game against the Monarchs. He finished the game 14-of-21 from the floor and 12-of-19 from 3-point range.
The 41-points scored are tied for the fourth most in program history. Hunter is the first Panther to score 40 or more in a game since Thomas Terrell scored 42 against Jacksonville on Jan. 8, 2001.
Georgia State (6-6) shot 55.6-percent from the floor and 19-of-32 (59.4-percent) from 3-point range. The 19 3-pointers are the second most in program history (school-record is 21).
Senior Devonta White dished out a career-high 11 assists after setting a new personal best on Friday night against Georgia Southern with 10.
The Panthers dished out 25 assists, just one shy of the school-record, turning the ball over just four times. Georgia State entered the game in the top-10 in the NCAA in fewest turnovers per game.
“We had such a tough start to the season and to head into the break with this type of win and getting back to .500 gives us a lot of momentum,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “We really shot the ball well and kind of just let it all go. We have been waiting for that explosion game offensively and today we got it.
“R.J. had an incredible performance. I can’t wait to sit down and watch it because during the flow of the game, I really can’t enjoy it. What I can say right now is that I am proud of him and the entire team for the way they played today.”
Senior Manny Atkins added 20 points and redshirt-junior Ryan Harrow finished with 19 for the Panthers who have won three-straight and four of its last five. Atkins hit four 3-pointers while Harrow added eight assists and three steals.
Atkins and Hunter combined for 60 points, the most points by a Panther duo in one game since 2001.
UTSA (3-8) was led by Jordan Sims who scored 17 points, while James Williams came off the bench to score 16.
After UTSA took an early 7-4 lead three minutes into the game, the Panthers responded with an 18-0 run over a six-minute stretch to build a 22-7 lead.
The Panthers pushed the lead to as many as 20 in the first half and went into the break ahead 46-28 as Hunter hit a 3-pointer from the corner as time expired.
With his 11 assists, White moved ahead of Eric Ervin (1982-84) and into third place on GSU’s all-time list with 322. In the last two games, the senior has dished out 21 assists.
UTSA made one late run in the middle of the second half. Trailing 71-44, the Roadrunners went on a 10-0 run to cut it to 71-54 with 8:51 to play before another Atkins 3-pointer pushed the lead back to 20.
Georgia State finished 20-of-24 from the free throw line and scored 37 points off 17 UTSA turnovers.
Following the holiday break, Georgia State will return to the road on Dec. 29, travelling to Greenville, N.C. to face East Carolina in the Panthers final non-conference game of the season.