The Georgia State Panthers defeated the Troy Trojans 71-68 at the GSU Sports Arena Thursday night. In the early going, Georgia State jumped out to a 14-2 lead 6:26 minutes into the game. Kevin Ware led the way with 8 points while the Panthers’ defense stifled the Trojans. In the second half, the Panthers relaxed somewhat on defense. Their huge first half lead whittled down to 5 points with 1:04 left in the game.
Georgia State was paced Jeremy Hollowell’s 22 points. Kevin Ware chipped in with 17 points and Isaiah Williams added 14 points.
“We found a way to win the game. In the first half, our defense was unbelievable,” said Georgia State Head Coach Ron Hunter in his postgame press conference. “They couldn’t get a shot off. We were flying around, we’re amped. They had six points with 5:30 left in the half and they ended the half with 19 points. We were lax.”
Georgia State’s largest lead was 26 points with 3:05 left in the first half.
Wesley Person had 21 points and John Walton, III added 16 points for the Trojans. Georgia State improves to an 9-3 meanwhile Troy drops to 5-9.
In the second half, Troy shot 50% from the field and 46.2% from three point range.
“Where we have been really good on the 2nd game on Thursday-Saturday games and that is down to our preparation in our Friday walk-throughs,” said coach Hunter in his post game remarks. “It’s a process how to close out teams. Once we play at our pace, we are really hard to beat. But once we play at their pace, it gets us into trouble.”
Scouts from the NBA’s Miami Heat were in attendance at tonight’s game. Coming into tonight’s game, Georgia State has given up 60.5 points per game, giving them the 11th best scoring defense in the NCAA. As of Tuesday night, Georgia State is ranked No. 38 in the NCAA RPI.
Georgia State will continue its five game home-stand Saturday afternoon as the Panthers host South Alabama at 2:30pm.