What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State will face Coker College on Monday night in the final exhibition game of the preseason.
* In two games so far this season, sophomore D'Marcus Simonds has scored 49 points.
* The Panthers will open the regular season on Friday facing Carver Bible College at 7 p.m. in the GSU Sports Arena.


ATLANTA-Georgia State will close out the exhibition portion of the season facing Coker College in the GSU Sports Arena on Monday night at 7 p.m.

The Panthers have already earned a pair of exhibition wins over the last week. Georgia State topped Georgia Tech 65-58 last Saturday and then Lees-McRae College on Thursday night 100-64.

For this exhibition game, Georgia State has partnered with Panther’s Pantry which provides meals to at-risk students facing financial difficulties and inadequate access to food. Admission to these games is free and does not require a ticket, however, fans are encouraged to bring canned goods. Seating for these games will also be general admission.

Monday’s contest can be heard live on 1340 The Fan 3/103.7 FM and WRAS-FM 88.5 with Dave Cohen, now in his 35th year as the Voice of the Panthers, being joined by 680 The Fan’s Brandon Leak. Live statistics and live audio will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com and on most mobile devices.

The Panthers cruised to a 36-point win over Lees-McRae on Thursday night as junior Jeff Thomas scored 25 points on 8-of-10 shooting with five 3-pointers. Sophomore D’Marcus Simonds added 19 points on 7-of-9 field goals, while freshman Kane Williams came off the bench to score 13 points.

“We have seen a lot of good things in our first two exhibition games,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “Monday night will be another test as we look to get ready for the regular season. We want to keep building and working on the things we need to improve. We still have a bunch of talented young players and the best way for them to learn is by playing.” 

Georgia State has gone 123-74 in head coach Ron Hunter’s six seasons, the most wins during any six-year stretch in program history. He also enters the year just three wins shy of 400 for his career.

Simonds was named the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year last season and earned All-Sun Belt Preseason Second Team honors last week. He averaged 13.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, shooting more than 50 percent from the floor during his first season at Georgia State.

Notes:

  • This will mark the final of three exhibition games for the Panthers. It also marks the first time that Georgia State and Coker College meet on the court.
  • The Panthers are 13-0 in exhibition games under Ron Hunter, including a 12-0 mark at home.
  • Since returning to the Sun Belt Conference for the 2013-14 season, Georgia State has finished in the top two in the Sun Belt standings three times.
  • Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Panthers have won 86 games, the most of any NCAA Division 1 program in the state of Georgia.

Georgia State was selected to finish second in the Sun Belt standings in the annual Preseason Coaches’ Poll that came out on Tuesday.

Coker College went 8-20 last season, including 5-17 mark in the Conference Carolinas. They are led by second-year head coach Aric Samuel.

Less than 100 season tickets currently remain available for purchase in the lower level of the GSU Sports Arena. GSU will play 13 regular season home contests this winter at the GSU Sports Arena. Season tickets can be purchased by calling 404-413-4020 or by visiting GeorgiaStateSports.com.

Quick Notes:

• Georgia State and Coker College will meet for the first time on the basketball court on Friday.

• Georgia State and Coker College will meet for the first time on the basketball court on Friday.

• The Panthers have won both exhibition games this season topping Georgia Tech 65-58 and Lees-McRae College 100-64.

• Sophomore D’Marcus Simonds has scored 49 points in the two exhibition games combined.

• Simonds was named to the All-Sun Belt Preseason Second Team on Tuesday.

• Georgia State was picked to finish second in the annual Sun Belt Coaches’ Preseason Poll.

• Georgia State is a perfect 13-0 under seventh-year head coach Ron Hunter in exhibition games, winning by an average of 30.7 points.

• Georgia State returns three starters from a squad that won 20 games and advanced to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. 

• The Panthers have won 20 or more games in three of the last four seasons, advancing to postseason play in each of those years. 

• During the last four years, Georgia State has finished in the top two in the Sun Belt standings three times. 

• Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Panthers have won 86 games, the most of any NCAA Division 1 program in the state of Georgia.

• Head coach Ron Hunter, Georgia State’s all-time leader in wins, will enter the 2017-18 season just three wins shy of 400 for his career. 

• Hunter has led the Panthers to four of the seven most successful seasons in program history, including a pair of 25-win season.

• The Panthers will open the regular season on Friday night facing Carver Bible College at 7 p.m. in the GSU Sports Arena.