3 thoughts after Georgia State’s hoops opener

Georgia State defeated Georgia College 83-61 in its exhibition opener in men’s basketball on Monday at the Sports Arena.

Because it was an exhibition, I’ll keep my three thoughts short and sweet.

Kevin Ware’s ankle seems fine. Ware, who transferred from Louisville in the offseason, suffered a high ankle sprain two weeks ago that caused some worry in the Concrete Jungle. Those sprains are notoriously difficult to get over, and Ware’s unfortunate past can make any injury a cause for concern.

But he looked good on Monday. In one of the first possessions, Ware spun around his defender and easily got to the basket. He seemed sharp on defense and finished with six points on 1-of-7 shooting, six rebounds, seven assists and one steal.

R.J. Hunter and Ryan Harrow can score. … the first of two notes that may not surprise. Harrow, last year’s second-leading scorer, got to the basket whenever he wanted on Monday, hitting 12-of-14 shots and finishing with 27 points. Hunter wasn’t sharp from the outside – he missed all eight of his 3-pointers – but still finished with 17 points on 7-of-16 shooting.

Rebounding and 3-point defense are still issues, while creating turnovers are not. As they have been the last two years, the Panthers had trouble defending 3-point shots and getting rebounds. Georgia College hit 10 of its 25 3-pointers and, despite fielding a much smaller lineup, outrebounded Georgia State by three. As they have done since Ron Hunter arrived, the Panthers created a lot of turnovers, 24, to offset the first two issues.

Next game: The Panthers will host Shorter on Monday.


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