GSU Battles Back, Wins 11th Straight


Nov 12, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Georgia State Panthers guard R J Hunter (22)  Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

It was not the prettiest game, but the result was the same. After trailing for most of the night, the Georgia State Panthers battled back and overcame a seven-point deficit late in the second half to defeat the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks 66-58 on Saturday night. The win is the Panthers 11th in a row and ties the school record the team set just two years ago.

Ryan Harrow lead the way for the Panthers (14-6, 7-0) with 18 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Devonta White followed with tallied 17 points, four assists and two rebounds. White moved into the top 10 on the Panthers all time scoring list with 1,203 career points.

Despite shooting just 38% from the floor and 29% from behind the arc, GSU never trailed by more than seven and had four players score in double figures. And for the first time in recent memory, the Panthers also won the rebounding battle 31-30.

Curtis Washington pulled down 11 of those rebounds to go along with seven points. RJ Hunter, fresh off his 33 point outburst Thursday, added 13 points, four rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Manny Atkins also contributed 11 points and five rebounds.

Monroe (6-9, 3-4) was lead by Tylor Ongwae with 27 points and 10 rebounds.

“Sometimes when you are a championship team, you just have to try and figure out a way to win and today we were able to do that. It was great to get a pair of wins on the road in Louisiana.”

Tied at 55 with just over four minutes left in the game GSU ended three straight Monroe possessions with steals and did not trail the rest of the game.

The win was the sixth in a row on the road for GSU, just one shy of the school record.

The Panthers return home Thursday for another battle with South Alabama who they defeated earlier in the year 73-63 in Mobile.