Monday, November 24, 2014

Basketball: WCU vs. Georgia State (Game #5)

Game Day: Tuesday
Date: Nov. 25, 2014
Location: Rochester, Mich. (Athletics Center O'rena)
Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
TV: None
Radio: Catamount Sports Network

After the double overtime win over tournament host Oakland University, the Catamounts now meet the Georgia State Panthers.  As with Oakland, this will be the first ever meeting on the basketball court between the Cats and Panthers.

The Georgia State Panthers easily beat Chicago State in the first game of the regional tournament on Monday afternoon, by a final score of 69-46. The Panthers are now 2-2 on the season, with wins over Tennessee Temple and Chicago State, with losses to Iowa State and Colorado State.

Last season's Sun Belt regular season champs, GSU returns three starters and were selected to repeat as league champs by the coaches poll.  The Panthers are led by junior R.J. Hunter who was named Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year and is averaging 21.3 points per game.  Senior Ryan Harrow joined Hunter on the Sun Belt Preseason all conference first-team. Georgia State leads the Sun Belt averaging 81.0 points per game and is second in field goal percentage, shooting 50.3 percent. The Panthers are also second in the league shooting 42.9 percent from 3-point range, knocking down eight 3-pointers per contest.

In Monday's contest against Chicago State, Harrow led the Panthers with 23 points, finishing 8 of 11 from the floor and hitting 6 of 7 at the charity stripe. The Panthers forced 17 first half turnovers which led to 16 points. “We have talked about playing 40 good minutes of defense and I think we did that tonight,” head coach Ron Hunter said after the game. “We were able to get up on them early which allowed us to play a lot of guys and limit the minutes of our starters. When you are going to play three games in three days, that is extremely important.”

Panthers Probable Starters 
Kelvin Ware - Guard - RS Junior, 6'2" 170 lbs - 8.3 ppg
R.J. Hunter - Guard - Junior, 6'6" 190 lbs - 21.3 ppg
Ryan Harrow - Guard - Senior, 6'2" 160 lbs - 21.0 ppg
Markus Crider - Forward - Junior, 6'6" 200 lbs - 4.7 ppg
Curtis Washington - Forward - Senior, 6'10" 230 lbs - 6.3 ppg

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