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Georgia State Panthers Beat Towson, Prove Worth In CAA

Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports

The Georgia State Panthers have been one of the most inconsistent teams in the Colonial Athletic Association this season. However, in the Panthers’ last six games, head coach Ron Hunter has led his team to four victories. Following Monday night’s victory over the Towson Tigers, Georgia State is now riding a three-game winning streak.

Towson head coach Pat Skerry credits the Panthers’ well-rounded offense. Skerry told reporters during Tuesday’s CAA coaches weekly teleconference that Georgia State boasts a diverse offensive attack that features Devonta White, Manny Atkins and R.J. Hunter.

Specifically, of Hunter, Skerry said, “He is a terrific talent. He’s got next level size and feel for the game.”

Overall, as a team, the Panthers have been averaging 71.3 points per game, nearly six points above their season average. Coach Hunter credits White as the key to his team’s offensive efficiency.

The Panthers have also won their last two contests on the road. Now, a team with consistent offense, stingy defense and great coaching, Georgia State looks like a team that can actually compete in the CAA. Unfortunately for the Hunters and company, they’ll be ineligible for the CAA tournament due to their imminent move to the Sun Belt conference following the season. But, they still have something to play for.

Currently, GSU stands 238th in the country in RPI. If they can continue competing in the conference and get their RPI into the top-200 in the nation, the Panthers might be able to earn a bid to a smaller postseason tournament.

But, for now, behind their stellar freshman, Georgia State is no longer an easy win on their opponents’ schedule.

 

Jake Fischer is the CAA Columnist for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.