ATLANTA—Devonta White scored 16 points and James Vincent tied the school record with nine blocked shots as Georgia State defeated Monmouth, 62-49, Monday at the GSU Sports Arena on day one of the Coaches vs. Cancer Atlanta Subregional.
R.J. Hunter added 14 points and five rebounds for the Panthers in their home opener.
Vincent, who also had five points and eight rebounds, tied the GSU record originally set by Sylvester Morgan against Mercer on Jan. 23, 2005. As a team, the Panthers finished with 13 blocks, one off the school record of 14 set last season versus FIU.
Georgia State improved to 1-2 and won its second straight home opener under head coach Ron Hunter.
“Our defense carried us tonight,” commented Hunter. “We were able to force 19 turnovers which I am happy about, but I am extremely disappointed with our team having 21 turnovers and too many missed free throws. We have to clean that up if we want to be a great team.
“I am really proud of James. He played extremely well tonight. When he plays with that type of effort, he can be one of the best big men around. James played like a senior tonight and I commend him for it.”
The Panthers shot 51 percent from the field while holding Monmouth to 27.8 percent as the Hawks managed just 15 of 54 from the field.
Andrew Nicholas led Monmouth (1-3) with 10 points, while Ed Waite added a team high nine rebounds.
GSU led 30-23 at the half and then scored the first eight points of the second half to build a 15-point advantage. The Panthers built their largest lead of 17 points at 51-34 on a pair of free throws by Manny Atkins at the 11:00 mark.
Leading 51-38 with seven minutes left, Georgia State held the Hawks without a field goal for a six-minute stretch. Monmouth managed only six field goals in the second half.
Sophomore Cameron Solomon came off the bench to score eight points on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting. Junior Rashaad Richardson added nine points on 4-of-5 shooting.
In Monday’s early game, Tennessee State defeated South Alabama, 67-58.
The three-day round robin continues Tuesday as South Alabama faces Monmouth at 4 p.m., followed by Georgia State vs. Tennessee State at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-866-GA-STATE or by visiting GeorgiaStateSports.com.