The Georgia State men’s basketball team defeated Western Carolina 85-70 on Tuesday to notch its second consecutive win.
The team will play Oakland at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the final game in the round-robin CBE event.
Here are three thoughts about the victory:
Markus Crider and T.J. Shipes came through: Crider scored a career-high 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Shipes added eight and eight. With the duo hitting the boards, the Panthers grabbed 18 offensive rebounds, which proved to make a difference in a game that was remained close until the final minutes. Starting center Curtis Washington finished four points and two rebounds, most of which came in the game’s opening minutes.
The evolution of R.J. R.J. Hunter led the Panthers with 27 points, despite missing eight of his nine 3-point attempts. But he found other ways to score by hitting six of his eight free throws, and adding in a few layups. Georgia State coach Ron Hunter said R.J. might have gone for 50 if he had hit a few 3-pointers.
How much gas is left? The Panthers will play their third team in as many days on Wednesday. It will be interesting to see how Ron Hunter juggles the lineup to try to limit the fatigue that his players will invariably feel. Because the game was close, four of the five starters played at least 24 minutes on Tuesday. Hunter played 39 and Ryan Harrow 37. Crider ended up playing 34 and Shipes 28, while Washington played just 11.