GSU Leaves The High Altitudes With Victory

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Georgia State traveled to Orem, Utah to face Utah Valley on Saturday and came away with a 71-68 victory. The win gave the Panthers their eighth straight victory, which tied a school record, and their third on the road for the season.

The Panthers went on the road on Saturday and extending their winning streak to eight games, tying a school record. The Wolverines had been undefeated at home while posting a 6-5 record, but Georgia State was able to overcome a nine point first half deficit to come away with the victory. The win gave GSU their third road victory under Head Coach Ron Hunter.

"This has got to be the gutsiest win we have had since I got to Georgia State," said Hunter. "The team really responded well to some adverse conditions. It is a tough trip to come this far across the country and then you have to consider the altitude. It was just a great win for a team continuing to learn how to win."

Coming into the game Georgia State had won seven straight by an average margin of 24 points. However poor free throw shooting and ball movement put the Panthers in a hole early and kept the game close throughout the second half. Georgia State did knock down 8 of 12 free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.

The Panthers were led on the game by Devonta White with 17 points and their super sub Jihad Ali scored 16 points while pulling in 9 rebounds and grabbing the game clinching steal. Josh Micheaux turned in another fantastic all-around performance scoring 12 points while also adding 8 rebounds, three steals, and 2 assists. Eric Buckner added 10 points and 7 rebounds.

This Georgia State team is off to their best start in 10 years. The roster features 6 seniors and Coach Hunter commented on how important it has been for this team to have success after a few disappointing seasons. "I am proud of the win streak for the team," continued Hunter. "For guys like Jihad Ali and James Fields to be a part of this after what they have been through, it makes it extremely special for me to see.”

 Georgia State will look to get a school record ninth straight victory against in-state rival Georgia Southern. The Panthers lost to the Eagles last season in Statesboro.

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