Hot-Shooting Panthers Earn 82-71 Victory over UTSA
ATLANTA--Devonta White and Rashaad Richardson scored 16 points each and Georgia State shot a season-high 56.9 percent from the field as the Panthers cruised to an 82-71 victory over UTSA in the SEARS Bracketbusters Saturday night at the GSU Sports Arena.
The Panthers won for the fifth time in their last six games to run their record to 19-9, including 12-2 at home. GSU also improved to 5-2 all-time in SEARS Bracketbusters games and is 4-0 at home.
UTSA dropped its third straight to fall to 15-12.
White and Richardson led a balanced attack with five Panthers scoring in double figures. Eric Buckner had 14 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots, while Jihad Ali contributed 13 points and six rebounds, and James Fields added 10 points, five boards and four assists.
"I continue to be very proud of this team," commented head coach Ron Hunter after the game. "We are playing really well right now and tonight we shot the best we have all season.
"Our sophomores stepped up their games tonight. Devonta and Rashaad played well on both ends of the court. I look forward to watching them continue to grow over the next two years."
Josh Micheaux handed out a career-high 11 assists, pulled down eight rebounds and grabbed four steals to go along with his eight points.
"Josh had another great night for us," continued Hunter. "He is leaving it all on the court and as a coach, that is all you can ask of a senior."
Georgia State hit 33 of 58 shots from the field (56.9 percent), its best shooting effort since connecting on 62 percent in a win over Georgia Southern on Dec. 22, 2009.
GSU finished 8-of-20 from three-point range and defended well, forcing 11 steals and scoring 21 points off turnovers.
After leading by three with 13:02 to play in the first half, the Panthers used a 14-4 run to open the game and take a 33-20 lead with 8:06 to play.
The Roadrunners closed the margin to seven, 45-38 at halftime, but never got closer than nine in the second half as the Panthers pushed the lead to 19 with 2:59 to play.
Kannon Burrage led the Roadrunners with 21 points, and Michael Hale III added 18.
Georgia State will honor its seniors in the final home game of the 2011-12 season on Wednesday night as the Panthers host Old Dominion. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. from the GSU Sports Arena.
Fans can visit GeorgiaStateSports.com or call 1-866-GA-STATE to purchase tickets for the Panthers final home game.