Month: February 2015

Georgia State Men’s Basketball Secures Win No. 20 with 75-64 Win Over Troy

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

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Using a balanced scoring attack and shooting 62 percent from the floor, Georgia State cruised to a 75-64 win over Troy on Saturday at Trojan Arena. The Panthers secured their 20th win for the third time in four seasons under head coach Ron Hunter and for the sixth-time this century.

All nine Panthers who played scored, led by Ryan Harrow who finished with 17 points and four assists. Junior Markus Crider was the only other Panther to score in double figures, finishing with 13 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Georgia State (20-9, 13-5 Sun Belt) will enter the final week of the regular season controlling its own destiny in the Sun Belt standings. If the Panthers win at UL Monroe on Thursday and defeat Georgia Southern in the regular season finale in the GSU Sports Arena next Saturday, Georgia State will repeat as conference champions and be the No. 1 seed in the Sun Belt tournament in New Orleans.

With the win, the Panthers are 42-12 in their last 54 games dating back to last season and own a 30-6 mark in conference games since returning to the league.

Troy (10-18, 5-14 Sun Belt) was officially eliminated from the conference tournament with the loss despite 19 points from senior Musa Abdul-Aleem.

Georgia State’s balanced scoring attack included nine points from T.J. Shipes, eight points each from Ryann Green, R.J. Hunter and Kevin Ware, along with six points from Curtis Washington.

“I was proud of the way our team really focused in and came out with the defensive intensity that we need to play with,” Hunter said. “To go along with that, to be able to pick up win No. 20 is special. That is a special number in college basketball and to be able to do it for the third time in four years shows the type of program that we are trying to build here at Georgia State.”

Georgia State took an early 17-11 lead midway through the first half before going on a 9-0 run to build a 26-11 lead with 7:32 to play. Troy responded with a 7-0 run of its own to cut the lead to eight, but never got closer the remainder of the game.

The Panthers opened the second half on a 7-0 run to lead 46-25 with 17:04 to play. Georgia State pushed the lead to as many as 23 with 9:43 to play before Troy finally closed the gap in the final seconds.

The 62 percent shooting mark ranks just outside the top 10 best marks for a single-game in school history and was the third time this season Georgia State has shot better than 60 percent in a game.

Wesley Person was the only other Trojan to finish in double figures, finishing with 12 points.

Hunter made his 92nd career start, tying him with Zavian Smith for the fourth-most in Georgia State history. He added four rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots in the win.

Georgia State baseball clinches series against Ohio

Georgia State catcher Joey RoachPhoto credit: Georgia State Athletics
Georgia State catcher Joey Roach
Photo credit: Georgia State Athletics

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Georgia State scored eight runs in the first inning to back a solid start by Kenny Anderson, who allowed three runs on four hits, as the Panthers clinched their series with Ohio with an 11-4 victory Saturday at the GSU Baseball Complex.

Joey Roach drove in three runs, and Caden Bailey and Ryan Blanton added two RBI each to lead the Panthers’ attack. James Clements and Justin Jones also drove in runs to help Georgia State improve to 6-4 on the season. Ohio, which entered the series at 6-0, is now 6-2.

The Panthers jumped out quickly by sending 12 men to the plate in their eight-run first inning. Roach started the scoring with a two-run triple inside the bag at first base. Bailey drove him Roach with a groundout for the second out, and then the next six batters reached by single or walk.

Justin Jones’ RBI-single extended the lead to 4-0, and then Ryan Blanton plated two more with a two-run single up the middle to chase starter Connor Sitz (2-1). After the seventh run of the inning scored on a wild pitch, James Clements capped the inning with a run-scoring single, giving the Panthers an 8-0 lead.

Ohio managed three runs in the second, aided by an infield hit and a pair of walks, but those were the only runs that Anderson (1-1) allowed. The senior left-hander pitched six innings and struck out four to earn his first victory of the season.

After allowing those three runs, the Panthers answered with single runs in the second, third and fourth innings to push their advantage to 11-3.

“Of course the eight-run first inning was huge, but equally important was scoring runs the next three innings to keep the momentum going,” Georgia State head coach Greg Frady said.

“Kenny gave us a really good start,” Frady continued. “He had a little trouble in the second inning, after sitting down for so long during that eight-run first, but he settled down and gave us what we needed.”

Freshman Will White and Tanner Love pitched the final 2.2 innings for the Panthers, allowing no runs and just one hit between them.

Second Half Surge Lifts Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball Past Wake Forest

Georgia Tech junior forward Aaliyah Whiteside (2)Photo credit: Danny Karnik
Georgia Tech junior forward Aaliyah Whiteside (2)
Photo credit: Danny Karnik

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Junior Aaliyah Whiteside’s 18 points in the second half lifted the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team (17-13, 7-9 ACC) past Wake Forest (11-19, 2-14), 67-60, on Saturday afternoon at the LJVM Coliseum.

“I’m really proud of our team,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “I thought our kids grew up today. Aaliyah Whiteside had a huge second half and really put her team on her back and carried them at times while playing out of position. She was playing at the four position, which she hasn’t played at since the beginning of the season. She had to play there because of our serious foul trouble.”

Whiteside recorded her fourth double-double of the season, leading the Yellow Jackets in scoring with 18 points, rebounding with 11 boards and steals with three picks. Whiteside scored all of her 18 points in the second half.

“I really thought that Roddreka Rogers, for the minutes that she played, she was really effective,” Joseph said. “She was in serious foul trouble. Antonia Peresson had two big threes in the second half and Kaela Davis did a good job defensively, really helping us in the second half and leading the team on both ends of the floor.”

Including Whiteside, four Yellow Jackets scored in double figures against the Demon Deacons, marking the eighth time this season that four Jackets have scored at least 10 points. Sophomore Kaela Davis scored 13 while grabbing six rebounds and handing out three assists.

Davis, who now has 604 points this season, needs just six points to break the Georgia Tech record for most points scored in a single season. Former Jacket Tyaunna Marshall holds the record after she scored 609 points during the 2014-15 season. Davis has 1,198 career points which sits at 19th in the Georgia Tech record books.

Junior Roddreka Rogers scored 11 points and recorded five rebounds before fouling out with 6:26 left in the game. Rogers went 2-for-2 from the floor and 7-for-8 from the free throw line in 21 minutes of action.

For the second-straight game, sophomore Katarina Vuckvoic came off the bench to score in double figures, recording 10 against the Demon Deacons.

After leading for just 50 seconds in the first half, the Jackets came out in the second frame looking to take the lead for good. Wake Forest held their largest lead of the game in the beginning of the second half, leading by seven, 34-27.

The Jackets went 4-for-4 from the foul line in the opening minutes of the second half while both teams struggled to make a field goal for 5:56. Whiteside broke the field goal drought with a layup at 14:46 to pull Tech within three of the Deacons, 36-33.

At 12:40, Whiteside was fouled and sank both her free throws, which ignited a 14-4 Yellow Jacket run that put the Jackets ahead, 51-43 and lasted 2:40. Freshman Antonia Peresson hit back-to-back 3-pointers at the end of the game changing run.

The Demon Deacons would claw back, cutting their deficit to four points, 55-51, with eight minutes on the clock, but the Yellow Jackets put together a 7-0 run to take its largest lead of the afternoon of 11, 62-51.

The Deacons weren’t done yet, putting together their own run and outscoring the Jackets 9-0 to cut Tech’s lead to two points, 62-60. The Jackets held the Demon Deacons scoreless for the final 2:18 of the game and went 5-for-6 from the foul line in the last 1:19 to hold on to the 67-60 win.

The Demon Deacons were quick to take the lead at the beginning of the game, for Georgia Tech found itself in a 10-4 hole at 15:23 in the first half. A layup by Rogers and a 3-pointer from Davis closed the gap for the Jackets to one, 10-9.

The Demon Deacons went go ahead by six, 23-17, with five minutes left in the half but the Jackets responded by scoring four-straight points to cut their deficit to two. The Jackets caught up to the Demon Deacons and took their first lead of the game, 27-26, after Vuckovic hit a jump shot in the paint at 2:11. Wake Forest quickly regained the lead and took a 32-27 advantage into halftime.

Rogers, Davis and Vuckovic combined to score 23 of the Jackets first 27 points with Davis leading the Jackets in scoring in the first half with nine points.

The Jackets traveled to Wake Forest just two days after knocking off #16 Duke at home, 71-62, breaking a 37-game losing streak to the Blue Devils. Georgia Tech ends the 2014-15 season on a three-game winning streak and heads to the ACC Tournament this week.