ATLANTA-Coming off an impressive exhibition win over Georgia Tech on Saturday, Georgia State will play its second exhibition game of the season hosting Lees-McRae College in the GSU Sports Arena on Thursday night at 7 p.m.
For the two upcoming exhibition games, 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.
Thursday’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.
Behind 30 points from sophomore D’Marcus Simonds, Georgia State earned a 65-58 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday at McCamish Pavilion. The game came together as the ‘A-Town Showdown for Hurricane Relief’ as all proceeds from the game went to help those affected by three devastating hurricanes over the last month.
Simonds, who was named to the All-Sun Belt Preseason Second Team on Tuesday, went 11-of-19 from the floor and pulled down five rebounds in 37 minutes of action. Junior Malik Benlevi added 13 points and seven rebounds, while fellow junior Jeff Thomas chipped in with 12 points and seven boards.
“It was great for our guys to get out on the court and face someone other than themselves,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “I think the game against Georgia Tech showed us what we are capable of, but also that we still have a lot of things to work on before the regular season gets here. Hopefully, we can continue to improve on Thursday night.”
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, while also earning All-Sun Belt Third Team honors. He averaged 13.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, shooting more than 50 percent from the floor.
- This will mark the second of three exhibition games for the Panthers. It also marks the first time that Georgia State and Lees-McRae meet on the court.
- The Panthers are 12-0 in exhibition games under Ron Hunter, including an 11-0 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.
Lees-McRae went 8-21 last season, including 7-13 mark in the Conference Carolinas. The Bobcats were selected to finish sixth in the league with seniors Donte Falls and Jordan Turner, along with junior Kamil Williams as the players to watch.
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.
• Georgia State and Lees-McRae College will meet for the first time on the basketball court on Thursday.• Georgia State and Lees-McRae College will meet for the first time on the basketball court on Thursday.
• The Panthers won their first exhibition game of the season with a 65-58 victory over Georgia Tech last Saturday.
• In the win over Tech, sophomore D’Marcus Simonds scored 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting.
• 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 12-0 under seventh-year head coach Ron Hunter in exhibition games, winning by an average of 30.2 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
• The Panthers will conclude exhibition play on Monday night facing Coker College at 7 p.m. in the GSU Sports Arena.