Georgia State returned home to Atlanta in the Sports arena winning four-straight on the road. GSU faced the NCAA RPI #1 ranked Green Bay Phoenix Thursday night with over 2,000 Panther fans in attendance. The Panthers defeated Green Bay 72-48 with RJ Hunter leading the way with 26 points. Hunter has now became the 5th Panther in the GSU program history to score 1,300 points in their career. GSU started the game a bit sloppy with turnovers but Coach Hunter adjusted on the defensive end from man to man defense into their tuff 2-3 defense. That adjustment opened the flood gates and the Panther went on a run.
GSU made their focus on Phoenix’s Keifer Sykes. Sykes, like RJ Hunter, is a Naismith Trophy Top 50 member. The Panther managed to hold Sykes to just 16 points with 2 assist. Sykes opened up the second half on fire scoring two back to back 3 pointers. Green Bay fought back in the seconded half by finding Georgia State weakness in transition defense but Kevin Ware made his defensive presents known with two blocked lay ups. TJ Shipers stepped up and grabbed 11 rebounds with 11 points while Ryan Harrow played a great game scoring 17 points.
“We beat a very good basketball team. They are one of the best mid-major teams in the country right now.” says Head Coach Ron Hunter. “I keep telling everyone who will listen that our defense is pretty good too and I think tonight it showed. I’m really proud of our effort.”
Coach Hunter spoke about TJ Shipers impressive play, “He’s that Buford tight end that’s playing basketball, that toughness is something that we need.” Coach Hunter game plan against Keifer Sykes, “We wanted to keep bodies around him, we know we weren’t going to stop him from scoring but we wanted to make him a volume scorer.”
GSU will have off until the December 17 game against former rival Old Dominion. This will be another road game in Norfolk, Va. The game will be at 8pm and will be televised on the American Sports Network. Season tickets currently remain available for purchase in the lower level. GSU will play 15 home contests this winter at the GSU Sports Arena. Season ticket prices in the lower level start at $165 for the general public and $132 for faculty and staff (who receive a 20 percent discount). For more information or to purchase tickets, call 866-GA-STATE