The Georgia State men’s basketball team defeated Chicago State 69-46 on Monday in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.
Ryan Harrow scored 23 points to lead the Panthers (2-2), which will play Western Carolina at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Here are three thoughts about the win, prefaced with its hard to gauge how well the team played considering the level of competition, on top of the poor performances in the second half of losses to Iowa State and Colorado State. In other words, the truth about the team may be somewhere in between.
Defense. The Panthers’ zone defenses, which were pulled apart in the losses to Cyclones and Rams, had its feverish way against Chicago State. The Panthers limited the Cougars to 13 points in the first half, tying the school record for fewest points allowed set against William and Mary in 2011. Chicago State hit just 29.2 percent of its shots and had 23 turnovers.
Washington steps up. Curtis Washington finished with 11 points in 14 minutes. That’s more points than the combined points he scored in the losses to the Cyclones and Rams. He also blocked two shots, one less than the combined number in the two losses. However, he finished with just one rebound, a bit of concern considering how many shots Chicago State missed.
Third scorer. Coach Ron Hunter needed someone to take the scoring load off Harrow and R.J. Hunter. That didn’t happen, but it wasn’t really needed because the Panthers got off to such a strong start in opening a 23-point lead at halftime. In addition to Washington, Hunter scored 13 points and Jordan Session scored seven. Point guard Kevin Ware continues to try to find his way in the offense, finishing with five points on 2-of-8 shooting.