Part III of when went wrong with Georgia State hoops


Sure Georgia State was trying to make it back to the NCAA tournament without R.J. Hunter and Ryan Harrow, but things seemed promising without last year’s two leading scorers.

Stepping into their roles were Jeremy Hollowell, predicted by coach Ron Hunter to be a boxscore filler-upper from Indiana, and Isaiah Williams, formerly the freshman of the year in the Southern Conference.

But things didn’t turn out well.

There was no third consecutive Sun Belt regular season title.

There was no second consecutive Sun Belt tournament title.

There wasn’t yet another magical moment in the NCAA tournament.

Instead, the Panthers barely made it to New Orleans. Once there, they were dumped by Texas State 63-61 in the first round in front of a sparse (to be kind) Lakefront Arena crowd.

“This game was the story of our season,” coach Ron Hunter, something he repeated again later in his post-Texas State press conference.

What went wrong? Here’s part three of a five-part series (with two more coming Monday):

No fast-break game

Because the team struggled with its play at point guard, its fast-break game also struggled. It took until the 18th conference game for the team to produce more fast-break points than its opponent in league play.

It matters because the lack of fast-break points added stress to a half-court offense that typically had problems creating high-percentage shots.

It was an odd thing to not see game after game because the team had solid fast-break play the previous three years with R.J. Hunter, Ryan Harrow and Devonta White.

The issue contributed to the team averaging just 65.7 points per game, among the lowest in Division I.

In Thursday’s loss to Texas State the Panthers had 15 fast-break points in the first half and just three in the second.

That’s the kind of problems and lack of production the team suffered from all season.

Read Part I, no chemistry

Read Part II, a look at the point guards.

Here are more posts:

Georgia State football

Georgia State spring game set

Sun Belt schedule superlatives

2016 Georgia State Sun Belt football schedule

Podcast: The Sun Belt retraction excitation

Sun Belt football will condense to 10 teams

10 questions with Georgia State QB Conner Manning

10 questions with Georgia State QB Aaron Winchester

Georgia State and North Carolina schedule home-and-home football series;

Georgia State loses an assistant football coach;

Georgia State schedules home-and-home series with Vanderbilt;

How did Georgia State do on ESPN channels;

Trent Miles reviews Georgia State’s special teams and recruiting

Trent Miles reviews Georgia State’s offense

Trent Miles reviews Georgia State’s defense

Georgia State finds out its Sun Belt opponents for 2016

Georgia State welcomes six early enrollees

Georgia State adds Tennessee State to football schedule

Georgia State’s Hart named All-American

Georgia State basketball

Georgia State shut out of Sun Belt awards

Georgia State’s Bruise Brothers get last home game

An update on Georgia State’s practice facility;

Georgia State/Atlanta bid to host the Sun Belt basketball tournament;

Video: Ron Hunter after the loss to UALR

Ongoing football review/preview series

Offensive line

Wide receivers

Running backs


Ongoing 2016 schedule previews



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