Georgia State had one of their best offensive performances of the season on Saturday night, shooting 56.9 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the arc on the way to beating the UT-San Antonio Road Runners 82-71. The Panthers led by as many as 19 on the night, but struggled with extended their lead and putting the Road Runners away early in the game.
“There are a lot of things we have been able to overcome,” Hunter said. “Being able to put teams away isn’t one of them. When tend to relax when we get a lead. In five of the last six games we got big leads and began to relax and let them back in it.”
Rashaad Richardson and Devonta White led the Panthers on the night with 16 points each. It was White’s fifth straight game scoring 13 points or more after only accomplishing that feat twice in the previous nine games. His enhanced production is credited to offensive adjustments made over the last few games by Coach Hunter.
“We made some changes in regards to where people are supposed to be on the floor,” Hunter explained. “We put Boom (James Fields) on the baseline more, brought Josh Micheaux up to the top as kind of a point forward, and that allows us to get our shooters on the wings more.”
The adjustments allowed Richardson to flourish on the wing as he made four three point shots and finished with his highest scoring output since the first game of the season. James Fields had a lot of success on the baseline as well utilizing a lot of back door cuts to get some easy looks around the basket. He finished with 10 points and 4 assists.
One of the characteristics of this team has been its balance. Night in and night out they get solid contributions from multiple players. That was the case again Saturday night as Eric Buckner also contributed 14 points and eight rebounds. Josh Micheaux also tallied eight points, 11 assists, and four steals.
UTSA was led by 21 points from Kannon Burrage and 18 points from Michael Hale. The Road Runners shot 26 three point shots and made 11 for a 42.3 percent average.
The oddly placed out of conference game came because of the CAA’s participation in the weekend long Bracketbuster event that features mid-majors from all over the country. All 12 Colonial teams participated and the conference posted a 7-5 record for the event.
Georgia State will now look to their last home game of the season as they host Old Dominion Wednesday night. The Panthers still have an outside shot to get the fourth seed in the CAA tournament and receive a first round bye, but they need the victory over Old Dominion along with some help to get there. GSU will also be honoring six seniors, four of which are starters.