Va.-Georgia State hit all 17 second-half free throws and senior James Vincent
scored a season-high 16 points to lead the Panthers to a 66-62 win at James
Madison in their final CAA road game on Saturday afternoon at the JMU
in his 116th career game, sixth most in school history, went 6-of-10
from the floor, pulling down seven rebounds and blocking three shots.
State, which missed its only free throw in the first half, made 17 straight in the
second half, while James Madison made just 8-of-14. JMU's. A.J.
Davis missed a pair of free throws for a possible lead with 1:46 to play, but a
Markus Crider layup at the other end pushed it tup o three points with 1:15 to play and
the Dukes never got closer than two again..
Junior Devonta White added 15 points and five
assists for the Panthers, while junior Rashaad Richardson and freshman R.J.
Hunter each added 11.
with a game-high 22 points after scoring just three in the first half.
Georgia State (15-15,
10-7 CAA) earned its fourth straight win over the Dukes and finishes the series
out having won seven of the last eight meetings. James Madison (16-14, 10-7
CAA) lost its second straight and fell into a tie for fifth with the Panthers
in the conference standings with one game to play.
“We didn’t play
a perfect game, but we made our free throws and made stops when we needed to,”
commented head coach Ron Hunter. “We have played really well on the road this
season and despite not getting a chance to play in the conference tournament,
this team wants to finish strong. We knew we had to come in here and get a win
to have a chance to finish above .500.”
R.J. Hunter, who
came into the game needing 12 points to tie Matt O’Brien’s freshman scoring
record, came up just one point shy. He finished 5-of-10 from the floor and
pulled down six rebounds.
took an early 15-5 lead with 13:17 remaining in the first half following a pair
of Richardson three-pointers.
cut into the Panthers lead and following a pair of Rayshawn Goins free throws,
trailed by just one, 25-24 with 1:43 to play in the first half.
went into the locker room with a 27-24 lead.
opened the second half on a 7-0 run, building a 34-24 lead with 18:02 to play.
GSU made its first four shots of the second half.
A jumper by
White pushed the lead to 13, Georgia State’s biggest, 39-26 with 16:10 to play.
JMU responded as
Davis scored eight straight Duke points and following a 7-0 run, cut the
Panthers lead to 41-36 with 12:55 to play in the game.
The Dukes cut it
to 44-42 with 9:54 to play as the Panthers never led again by more than six.
taking the lead, freshman Andre Nation’s three-pointer with 2:55 to play tied
the game at 58.
with under a minute to play, Charles Cooke missed a pair of three-pointers from
the corner that would have tied the game.
second miss, Richardson hit a pair of free throws to push the lead back to
five. Following a Davis three, White made two free throws with 1.2 seconds
remaining to secure the win.
with eight points off the bench for GSU.
Moore added 14
points and five assists for the Dukes.
will close out the 2012-13 regular season hosting first place Northeastern on
Wednesday night. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. as the Panthers will honor lone
senior James Vincent before the start of the game.