Day: January 6, 2015

Inside the Inquirer: Postgame presser with Georgia State men’s basketball coach Ron Hunter

Georgia State men's basketball head coach Ron HunterPhoto credit:
Georgia State men’s basketball head coach Ron Hunter
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By E. Marcel Pourtout, Editor

We attended the postgame presser of Georgia State men’s basketball head coach Ron Hunter following his team’s 77-74 double overtime Sun Belt home loss to Texas State on Jan. 5.

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Georgia State Falls to Texas State, 77-74, in Double Overtime

Georgia State guard Ryan HarrowPhoto credit: Joe Imel
Georgia State guard Ryan Harrow
Photo credit: Joe Imel

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Despite 29 points from senior Ryan Harrow, Georgia State fell to Texas State 77-74 in double overtime on Monday night at the GSU Sports Arena. The loss snapped the Panthers 18-game home-court winning streak which was tied for the ninth-best mark in the nation entering the night.

The game featured 18 ties, 20 lead changes and a buzzer-beater 3-pointer by Texas State’s Emani Gant at the end of the first overtime to send it to the second. It was Gant’s first career 3-pointer.

Georgia State (9-5, 2-1 Sun Belt) dropped just its eighth game over the course of the last 39 games dating back to last season. It was only the Panthers second loss in conference play since rejoining the Sun Belt and dropped the Panthers to 5-5 all-time in double-overtime games.

Texas State (8-4, 2-1 Sun Belt) came into the night allowing just 53.6 points per game, tops in the Sun Belt and fifth in the nation and held the Panthers to just 19 first half points and 57 in regulation.

Harrow finished 11-of-22 from the floor and with the Panthers trailing by two with 16.2 seconds to play in regulation, took the ball the length of the court for a lay-up to tie the game 57-57 with six seconds remaining.

Gant, who was held scoreless in the first half, finished with 17 points, one of five Bobcats in double figures.

“I want to give Texas State a lot of credit as they came in and played with a lot of emotion,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “They are a good defensive team and they kept us from putting up good shots tonight. Over the last seven or eight games we have struggled shooting the ball and tonight it did us in.”

Despite shooting 45.5 percent from the floor, the Panthers finished the game just 2-of-16 from 3-point range, including 1-of-6 in overtime.

Junior R.J. Hunter was held scoreless in the first half and finished with 10 points and five rebounds, but was held to 0-of-10 from 3-point range. It marked the first time this season the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year was held without a 3-pointer. He did became just the third player in program history to score at least 1,400 points.

Junior Markus Crider just missed his second double-double of the season with nine points and 10 rebounds. Kevin Ware came off the bench with his second-straight double-figure scoring effort, finishing with 14 points and a career-high five steals.

Trailing 34-30 with just under 10 minutes to play in the game, Georgia State responded with a 7-2 run to take a 38-36 lead on a layup by Ware with 7:57 to play.

Texas State regained the lead, 43-42, before Georgia State responded with a 7-0 run that included a 3-pointer from Harrow and jumper in the lane by Hunter to give the Panthers a 49-43 with 4:05 to play.

The Bobcats responded scoring the next five points to cut the deficit to one with 3:22 remaining and on back-to-back 3-pointers in the final minute of regulation led 57-55 before Harrow’s lay-up sent it to overtime.

In the first overtime, Georgia State took an early 61-57 lead and led 64-60 with 3:30 to play following a Harrow 3-pointer.

Georgia State led 69-66 with 10.0 seconds to play after senior Ryann Green knocked down a pair of free throws, but after a scramble for the ball on the other end, Gant hit his 3-pointer from the top of the key to send it into double overtime.

Texas State took the lead for good, 73-71, on a jumper by Gant with 2:21 to play. Following a free throw by Harrow, the Panthers did not score again until a Green lay-up as time expired.

Cameron Naylor led Texas State with 18 points, while Kavin Tilbury finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Junior T.J. Shipes played a career-high 40 minutes and finished with six points and nine rebounds and the Panthers outrebounded Texas State 41-36.

The 17 turnovers by the Panthers were the most this season, but only led to 13 Texas State points.

Inside the Inquirer: Postgame interview with Georgia State women’s basketball Kayla Nolan (1/5/15)

Georgia State senior guard Kayla NolanPhoto credit: Georgia State Athletics
Georgia State senior guard Kayla Nolan
Photo credit: Georgia State Athletics

By E. Marcel Pourtout, Editor

We caught up with Georgia State women’s basketball player Kayla Nolan following her team’s 74-69 Sun Belt Conference home win over Texas State on Jan. 5. The senior guard had a team-high 14 points in the victory.

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