Last Monday night the Panthers exploded in the second half of their exhibition against Southern Poly, scoring 54 points in the second half to secure a 90-65 win in Hunter’s debut. Senior Brandon McGee led the way with 20 points and 11 rebounds. However, there were two others that finished with double-doubles as well, Seniors Jihad Ali and Josh Micheaux finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds each. Georgia State enjoyed a 57-34 rebounding edge on Monday night, something that will most likely continue against Oglethorpe.
On Saturday the Panthers will once again face off against a smaller and less talented team. The Petrels finished 15-12 last season, but lost 3 of their top 4 scorers. Their leading returning scorers are Alec Pitts and Andrew Steioff, who last year averaged 11.9 and 8.4 points per game, respectively. The young team will likely try to slow the game down and attempt to keep the Panthers from running the floor. The last time these two teams met was in 2008 when Georgia State earned a 85-80 victory.
One thing Georgia State must improve upon is their three-point shooting. The Panthers converted only 25.9 percent of 27 attempts from the beyond the arc. Sophomore Devonta White led the team in this category hitting 3 of his 5 attempts.
Another thing to keep an eye on is who plays for Georgia State. Hunter has said that he will play a rotation of eight players each night. Freshman Forward Tony Kimbro will most likely be one of those eight eventually, but he missed Monday’s game with an injury. Also keep an eye on the minutes for junior Center James Vincent. Vincent will have a distinct size advantage, but it remains to be seen if he is athletic enough or in good enough shape to keep up in the fast break offense. Vincent played only three minutes against Southern Poly.