ATLANTA-Looking to win a 15th-straight game in the month of January, Georgia State will travel to face Texas State on Saturday afternoon at Strahan Arena at 5 p.m. ET.
Georgia State (10-4, 1-0 Sun Belt) has not lost a game in the month of January since 2017 but will face a Texas State (12-2, 1-0 Sun Belt) team that finished with more non-conference wins than any other program in the league this season.
The Panthers have won three-straight over the Bobcats and are 4-0 in San Marcos since rejoining the Sun Belt for the 2013-14 season.
Saturday’s contest can be heard live on WAOK-AM 1380 with Dave Cohen, now in his 36th year as the Voice of the Panthers, calling the action. The game will also air live on ESPN+ with Brant Freeman and Cordell Patrick calling the action. Live statistics and live audio will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com and on most mobile devices.
“We got off to a good start on Thursday night with a win in Arlington, but we quickly need to turn our attention to a very good Texas State team,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “They are playing some very good defense, but we have shown we can do the same. We have had some good battles with them over the years and I expect no different on Saturday.”
Junior D’Marcus Simonds, the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year, is sixth in the league averaging 19.4 points per game which also ranks No. 59 in the NCAA. He stands in fourth-place on Georgia State’s all-time scoring list with 1,402 points after moving ahead of Devonta White on Thursday night. His career scoring averaging of 18.0 points per game ranks No. 17 among all active NCAA players.
Including Simonds, all five Georgia State starters are also averaging in double figures in points.
Senior Malik Benlevi, who has knocked down a team-high 32 3-pointers, is averaging 12.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Senior Jeff Thomas is adding 11.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest and currently stands fifth in program history with 173 3-pointers.
Senior Devin Mitchell, who missed the first seven games of the season due to injury, is averaging 11.9 points per game and has knocked down 24-of-47 3-pointers in the last six games. Sophomore Kane Williams rounds out the starting line-up and is averaging 10.3 points and 3.4 assists per game while ranking No. 38 in the nation in steals with 2.14 per contest.
Georgia State has made 132 3-pointers this season, an average of 9.4 per game which ranks second in the Sun Belt and No. 45 in the NCAA. The Panthers have made 14 or more 3-pointers in a game three times this season.
Georgia State enters play averaging 9.0 steals per game, No. 1 in the Sun Belt and 20th in the NCAA. Williams ranks third in the Sun Belt averaging 2.14 steals per game, which is No. 38 in the nation. The Panthers’ 4.9 blocks per game average is first in the league and No. 30 in the nation.
- Georgia State has won five of its last six games.
- Since head coach Ron Hunter’s arrival, the Panthers are 9-3 in games played in Texas.
- Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Panthers have won more games (120) than any other NCAA Division I team in the state of Georgia.
- Georgia State’s last loss in the month of January came at home against Troy on Jan. 9, 2017.
Following Saturday’s game, Georgia will return home to face Sun Belt foe Louisiana on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the GSU Sports Arena. Tickets can be purchased by visiting GeorgiaStateSports.com/Tix.