Heading into the Georgia State Panthers’ December 15 match-up against Troy, head coach Ron Hunter had guided his team to a 5-4 record. Ever since, the Panthers have dropped four-straight games, including their 68-64 defeat at the hands of Georgia Southern on Saturday.
Now 5-8 on the season, the Panthers’ loss to the Eagles might be the worst of the season. At one point, GSU held a 17-point lead in the second half and even led by 10 with just 1:58 remaining in regulation. But, the Panthers allowed their in-state rivals to force overtime.
When the game got tense, and the two teams entered crunch time, the Panthers started to press and lose some mental composure. Their offense grew stagnant and the players were visibly frustrated defensively. With arguably their best overall player, R.J. Hunter, being a very talented freshman, the Panthers will need veteran junior guard Devonta White to lead this team late in games for the remainder of the season.
White, who was named to the Top-85 candidates for the 2013 Bob Cousy Award that recognizes the best point guard in all of college basketball, had 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the contest, but will need to make a more vocal stance late in games.
As talented and energetic a coach that Hunter is, he isn’t on the court late in games with the red, white and blue.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.