Part IV of what went wrong with Georgia State hoops

Georgia State's Curtis Washington, right, blocks a shot attempt by Clemson's Jaron Blossomgame in the first half of their NCAA college basketball National Invitational Tournament game at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C. on Tuesday Mar. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer) GREENVILLE NEWS - OUT; SENECA JOURNAL - OUT

Georgia State’s Curtis Washington was one of several post players that the offense could go to in past year. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

Continuing the five-part series on what went wrong for Georgia State’s basketball season, which ended with a 63-61 loss to Texas State in the first round of the Sun Belt basketball tournament last week in New Orleans.

Georgia State was trying to make it back to the NCAA tournament without R.J. Hunter and Ryan Harrow.

Here’s Part I: Lack of chemistry.

Here’s Part II: Issues at point guard.

Here’s Part III: No fast-break game.

Now, part IV: No post player.

Georgia State coach Ron Hunter has always had a back-to-the-basket past player since he took over the program before the 2011-12 season. From Eric Buckner to James Vincent to Curtis Washington, there was a player on offense who could sit in the post and allow the myriad outside shooters to play off him, or at least present a threat to score when he was given the ball. That was missing, and missed, this season.

Instead of one in, four out, the Panthers typically were forced to play with five out, other than when they were running screens low. This typically allowed the opponents to play with five men between all of Georgia State’s players and the basket. All those bodies made it that much harder for any Georgia State player to drive to the basket, force the defenders to move even closer to the basket, and then pass it to either the post player or outside to a shooter.

It also made it harder to have a go-to player to try to get a field goal or get to the free-throw line with a higher-percentage shot during one of the long scoring droughts that affected team in most games this season, including in the loss to Texas State.

When the Panthers were most effective on offense such as in the 13-point win over Appalachian State came when forwards T.J. Shipes or Markus Crider could get inside and play off screens or penetration by the guards.

Georgia State was still able to get point in the free-throw lane, but few were easy and no third-scorer was established until Isaiah Williams late in the season to take pressure off Jeremy Hollowell and Kevin Ware.

 

 

Here are more posts:

Georgia State football

Results of Georgia State’s pro day

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

Quarterbacks

Ongoing 2016 schedule previews

Wisconsin

Tennessee-Martin

Air Force

Ball State


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