In by far the worst offensive performance of the season, Georgia State lost to Drexel 68-46 while shooting just 33 percent from the field and less than 20 percent from behind the arc. Jihad Ali, who moved into the top five all time in games played at GSU with his 113th appearance, led the team with 17 points off the bench, but the Panthers did not have a single other player score more than seven. Georgia State was out-rebounded 40-31, had twice as many turnovers as assists, and was just 10 of 19 from the free throw line.
“Drexel beat us in every phase of the game tonight,” Head coach Ron Hunter said after the loss. “I thought their mental and physical toughness was much better than ours. They were just a better ball club than us tonight, no question about it.”
The Panthers have been plagued all season by poor shooting, but had been able to overcome it by forcing turnovers and getting points in transition off of the turnovers. On Wednesday night Georgia State forced only 11 turnovers which resulted in just 12 points. The Panthers also lost the second chance points battle as Drexel scored 15 points off of offensive rebounds while GSU scored just 7.
All in all it was by far the worst performance for a Ron Hunter coached Georgia State team, which is particularly disappointing because of the importance of the contest.
“To beat Drexel, you have to play well,” commented Hunter. “At our place, we took them out of their game and played the style of basketball that we like to play. Tonight, they played their physical-style and it took our guys out of our rhythm.”
Drexel was led by Chris Fouch with 15 points. Samme Givens added 12 points and 10 rebounds while Frantz Massenat also contributed 13 points and six assists for the Dragons.
Georgia State will host VCU at home on Saturday at 4 o’clock. The game will be aired on CSS and will be the Panthers fifth game in 11 days.