Georgia State Basketball: Panthers Look to Continue Momentum at Appalachian State Thursday

Game Notes attached

 

Quick Notes

• Georgia State made its second NCAA Tournament in the last four years in 2018 and returns four of five starters. GSU has finished in the top two of the final regular season conference standings four times in the last five years.

• Georgia State is in second place in the Sun Belt Conference standings at 9-4, just one game back of Texas State. The Panthers have finished no worse than second in the Sun Belt in four of the last five years.

• Georgia State has already secured a sixth-straight winning season for the first time in program history.

• The Panthers are looking to win in Boone for a second-straight season for the first time.

• The Panthers are 74-33 in Sun Belt Conference regular season games since rejoining the league in 2013-14.

• GSU is 16-0 when leading at the half this season, among the top 5 most wins at the half in the country without a loss.

• The Panthers already have five wins this season when trailing by more than eight points, including come-from-behind wins of 22 (Alabama) and 18 (South Alabama).

• Georgia State’s 18-8 start is the tied for the fourth-best 26-game start in program history.

• Georgia State won nine non-conference games, tied for the most in program history.

• Georgia State faced five opponents who competed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament in the first 11 games of the season. (Montana, St. Bonaventure, Creighton, Alabama, and No. 24 Kansas State) all away from home going 2-3.

• GSU has beaten two Power 5 opponents in one season for the second time in program history (Georgia and Alabama). Those wins are the only two P5 wins for Sun Belt schools this season.

• GSU has more SEC wins this year than Georgia (1) and Vanderbilt (0).

• GSU’s 21-point halftime comeback at Alabama is tied for the 12th-largest halftime comeback in NCAA history.

• Over the last 12 months, three Panthers have made at least eight 3-pointers in a game. Malik Benlevi knocked down eight against UGA (11/21), while Jeff Thomas did it against Mercer (11/13) earlier this year. Last season, Devin Mitchell made 10 3-pointers at Little Rock.

• Georgia State set a school and conference record with 323 3-pointers last season. This season the Panthers have already knocked down 255 3-pointers, fourth-most in program history.

• The Panthers 39.2 3-point field goal percentage is currently the best mark in program hsitory.

• Since the 2013-14 season, GSU has won more games (128) than any other NCAA Division I team in Georgia.

• Junior D’Marcus Simonds is averaging 18.0 points per game for his career which currently ranks No. 17 among all active NCAA players and is tops in the Sun Belt. He has made 596 career field goals (most in school history)which is No. 37 active players and the No. 3 junior in the country.

• Simonds was named the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year after earning AP All-America Honorable Mention last season. He earned Sun Belt Player of the Week honors on Nov. 12.

• Jeff Thomas (199/t3rd), Devin Mitchell (199/t3rd) and Malik Benlevi (163/9th) all rank among Georgia State career top 10 in 3-point field goals made.

• GSU is one of just 13 programs in the country to feature two assistant coaches who have NCAA D1 head coach experience (McCallum – Ball State/Houston/Detroit and Williams – Tennessee State).

• Head coach Ron Hunter, Georgia State’s all-time leader in wins, earned the 150th win of his career at GSU in the opening game of the Cayman Islands Classic against St. Bonaventure.

• Hunter has led the Panthers to four of the seven most successful seasons in program history, including a pair of 25-win seasons and 24 wins last year.

 

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Georgia State Looks to Continue Momentum at Appalachian State Thursday

ATLANTA-Riding a two-game winning streak and looking to remain a top two seed for the upcoming conference tournament, Georgia State will return to the road to face Appalachian State on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Holmes Convocation Center.

Georgia State (18-8, 9-4 Sun Belt) remains in second place in the Sun Belt Conference standings, one game behind Texas State for first place and one game ahead of Georgia Southern and UT Arlington with five games to play. A top two seed would guarantee the Panthers a double-bye into the league’s conference tournament semifinals in mid-March.

Appalachian State (9-16, 4-8 Sun Belt) has won three straight games at home following a nine point win over Coastal Carolina on Saturday.

Thursday’s contest can be heard live on WAOK-AM 1380 and WRAS-FM 88.5 with Dave Cohen, now in his 36th year as the Voice of the Panthers calling the action. The game will also air live on ESPN+ with Kendall Lewis and Pierre Banks calling the action. Live statistics and live audio will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com and on most mobile devices.

Five members of Georgia State’s line-up are averaging in double figures as the Panthers have knocked down 255 3-pointers this year, fourth-most in program history and No. 24 in the NCAA this season. Last year, Georgia State made a conference and school-record 323 3-pointers.

“We are playing all of these games now like we are in the conference tournament,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “March is almost upon us and we know that to reach our goals, we need to be playing our best basketball at this time. Appalachian State is playing some very good basketball at home right now and we need to be prepared for them to play hard for 40 minutes on Thursday night.”

Since returning from injury, senior Devin Mitchell has shown why he is one of the best shooters in the country. After missing the first seven games, Mitchell has returned to average 14.0 points per game while shooting 46.9 percent from 3-point range. He has made 67 3-pointers in 19 games this season and is just one shy of 200 for his career.

Junior D’Marcus Simonds, the 2017-18 Sun Belt Player of the Year, is sixth in the league averaging 19.0 points per game. He stands in second-place on Georgia State’s all-time scoring list with 1,623 points after scoring 10 against South Alabama. He is just 196 points shy of R.J. Hunter from becoming the all-time career points leader in program history. His career scoring averaging of 18.0 points per game ranks No. 17 among all active NCAA players.

Senior Malik Benlevi, who has knocked down a 55 3-pointers, is averaging 11.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Senior Jeff Thomas is adding 11.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest and has knocked down 55 3-pointers this season. Along with Mitchell, he is also just one 3-pointer shy of 200 for his career.

Senior Jordan Tyson has started four of the last five games and is averaging 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. Sophomore Kane Williams, who has started the last two games, is averaging 10.6 points and 3.6 assists per game.

Notes:

  • Georgia State’s 18-8 start to the season is tied for the fourth-best 26-game start in program history.
  • Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Panthers have won more games (128) than any other NCAA Division I team in the state of Georgia.
  • Jeff Thomas (199/t3rd), Devin Mitchell (199/t3rd) and Malik Benlevi (163/9th) all rank among Georgia State career top 10 in 3-point field goals made.
  • Georgia State is shooting 39.2 percent from 3-point range which as it stands today is the best mark in program history.
  • Georgia State is 16-0 when leading at halftime this season.
  • The Panthers have already overcome five deficits of at least eight points this season, including two of 18 points or greater.

Following Thursday’s game, Georgia State head to Conway, S.C., to begin preparations for Saturday’s game with Coastal Carolina. Tip is set for 2 p.m. and will air live on ESPN+.

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Georgia State Golf: Kaur Finishes Third, Panthers Fourth at Amelia Island Collegiate

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Kaur Finishes Third, Georgia State Fourth at Amelia Island Collegiate

What You Need to Know:

  • Georgia State shot a final round 318 in rainy and windy conditions to finish fourth at the Amelia Island Collegiate at Amelia National Golf in Fernandina Beach, Fla.
  • Junior Harmanprit Kaur earned a career-best third place finish at 4-over par, just one stroke out of first place.
  • The Panthers finished with a season-best result in the first of four spring season events.

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. – Led by junior Harmanprit Kaur’s career-best third place finish, the Georgia State women’s golf team open the spring with a season-best fourth-place finish at the Amelia Island Collegiate at Amelia National Golf Club on Tuesday.

In rainy and windy conditions that saw scores increase significantly, Kaur shot a final round 5-over 77 to finish at 4-over par for the 54-hole event placing just one stroke out of first.

Georgia State shot a final round 318 to finish at 52-over par after no team broke 300 in the final round.

“Overall I am proud of the way our team competed all week,” head coach Cathy Mant said. “Today didn’t go as we wanted it to, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort. In tougher conditions, we just could not get the birdies to drop. However, a fourth-place finish in a solid 16 team field is a good way to start the spring and can give us some momentum moving forward.”

Sophomore Chloe Howard shot a final round 7-over 79 to finish in a tie for 27th at 14-over par. Freshman Maria Blasco added a 9-over 81 to finish at 16-over par and tied for 30th.

Sophomore Petra Duran also shot 81 on Tuesday to finish at 19-over par and tied for 45th. Freshman Emma Berlin rounded out the line-up with an 82 to tie for 51st in the 86-player field at 21-over par.

North Florida shot a final round 306 to finish at 30-over par and claim an 11-stroke win. Florida Gulf Coast finished in second place at 41-over par, with Marshall coming in third at 43-over. The Panthers were in fourth place at 52-over par with Sam Houston State rounding out the top five at 55-over.

Florida Gulf Coast’s Laura Edmonds defeated North Florida’s Mindy Herrick in a playoff to earn low medalist honors at 3-over par. Kaur finished in third at 4-over par while Marshall’s Shelby Brauckmuller and Morehead State’s Bridget Connolly tied for fourth at 5-over par.

Georgia State will next travel to Wallace, N.C., for the River Landing Classic March 4-5.

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Georgia State Women’s Golf: Kaur Leads, Panthers Tied for Third at Amelia Island Collegiate

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Kaur Leads, Georgia State Tied for Third at Amelia Island Collegiate

What You Need to Know:

  • Georgia State shot rounds of 297 and 301 on Monday to sit in a tie for third entering the final round of the Amelia Island Collegiate at Amelia National Golf in Fernandina Beach, Fla.
  • Junior Harmanprit Kaur leads the field at 1-under par following rounds of 71 and 72 on Monday.
  • Three Panthers are among the top 25 in the field which includes 16 teams and 86 players.

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. – Led by junior Harmanprit Kaur who leads the 86-player field, Georgia State shot rounds of 297 and 301 on Monday to sit in a tie for third place at the Amelia Island Collegiate at Amelia National Golf Club.

Kaur, the lone upperclassman in the field for Georgia State this week, opened the tournament with a 71 on Monday morning before shooting 72 in the afternoon to stand 1-under par as the only golfer under par after 36 holes.

Georgia State, which is playing in its opening event of the spring season, is tied with Sam Houston State, just 10 strokes back of tournament leader North Florida.

“I’m so proud of the way everyone played today,” head coach Cathy Mant said. “Everyone in our line-up contributed and that is what it takes to be successful at this level. Harmanprit worked really hard in the offseason and is playing some incredible golf right now. I was equally impressed by Maria who worked hard on her putting all offseason and showed the work payoff today.”

Kaur made five birdies during the 36-hole day and will be looking for her first collegiate win during Tuesday’s final round.

Sophomore Chloe Howard and freshman Maria Blasco are tied for 21st at 7-over par. Each opened play on Monday morning with rounds of 74 before shooting 77’s in the afternoon.

Sophomore Petra Duran shot an opening round 78 before responding with a 76 in the afternoon to stand in a tie for 34th at 10-over par. Freshman Emma Berlin rounded out the line-up with rounds of 79 and 76 to sit in a tie for 42nd at 11-over par.

North Florida leads the 16-team field at 12-over par with Marshall in second place at 16-over par. The Panthers are tied Sam Houston State at 22-over par, followed by Florida Gulf Coast in fifth place at 24-over. Georgia State’s opening round 297 was the third-lowest round of the tournament on day one.

Kaur leads the field at 1-under par, with five golfers tied for second place at even par. The group includes Sam Houston State’s Hanna Alberto and Jenna Phillips, along with Florida Gulf Coast’s Laura Edmonds, North Florida’s Mindy Herrick and Daytona State’s Jessica Bailey.

Georgia State will be paired with North Florida and Marshall for the final round going off Holes No. 1-3.

Live scoring of the final round can be found at GolfStat.com. Fans can follow the team on twitter @GSU_WGolf.

Following this week’s tournament, Georgia State will travel to Wallace, N.C., for the River Landing Classic March 4-5.

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| Office: (404) 413-4033 | Cell: (404) 259-9716

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Georgia State Women’s Golf: Panthers Open Spring at Amelia Island Collegiate Monday

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Georgia State Opens Spring at Amelia Island Collegiate Monday

What You Need to Know:

  • Georgia State will open the spring season on Monday at the Amelia Island Collegiate at Amelia National Golf in Fernandina Beach, Fla.
  • The Panthers finished eighth in the 15-team event last season as sophomore Chloe Howard earned a seventh-place finish.
  • The Panthers will play four regular season events this spring leading up to the Sun Belt Conference Championship in April.

ATLANTA – The Georgia State women’s golf team will open the spring season on Monday for the fourth-straight season at the Amelia Island Collegiate at Amelia National Golf Club in Fernandina Beach, Fla.

This will mark the first of four regular season spring events leading up to the Sun Belt Conference championship in April.

Last year the Panthers earned an eighth-place finish among 15 teams as Chloe Howard placed seventh to lead Georgia State. Two years ago, Georgia State tied for fifth place.

“Our team is excited to be getting the spring season underway,” head coach Cathy Mant said. “We have such a young team and I think we had to work through some things in the fall, but now with some experience under our belts, we want to make a push to a conference championship this spring and that starts on Monday.”

The 16-team field will play a practice round on Sunday, before playing 36 holes in a shotgun start on Monday morning beginning at 8 a.m. The final round is set for an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday.

The field will include host Jacksonville, Cincinnati, Daytona State, Florida Gulf Coast, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville State, Marshall, Morehead State, North Florida, Sam Houston State, Samford, UAB, USC Upstate, Western Kentucky, and Winthrop.

This week’s line-up will include junior Harmanprit Kaur, sophomores Chloe Howard and Petra Duran, along with freshman Emma Berlin and Maria Blasco.

Kaur led the Panthers in the fall with a 75.33 scoring average, while Emma Berlin was second at 75.40. Kaur recorded back-to-back top 20 finishes to open the fall and also had the best round of the first half of the season, a 5-under 67 at the USA Intercollegiate.

Live scoring of all three rounds can be found at GolfStat.com. Fans can follow the team on twitter @GSU_WGolf.

Georgia State will be paired with Samford and UAB for Rounds 1 and 2 of the event on Monday.

Following this week’s tournament, Georgia State will travel to Wallace, N.C., for the River Landing Classic March 4-5.

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Georgia State Basketball: Panthers Overcomes 18-Point Deficit to Top South Alabama 90-81

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Georgia State Overcomes 18-Point Deficit to Top South Alabama 90-81

 

ATLANTA – Georgia State overcame an 18-point deficit to take down South Alabama 90-81 Friday night at the GSU Sports Arena. Five Panthers scored in double-digits, led by Malik Benlevi with 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

 

Georgia State (18-8, 9-4 Sun Belt) outscored South Alabama (12-14, 5-8 Sun Belt) 51-28 in the second half, and finished the game on a 15-4 run while holding the Jaguars to just one field goal in the final 4:51 of the game.

 

Jeff Thomas scored 21 points with seven rebounds, Devin Mitchell scored 14, Kane Williams had 11 points and six assists, and D’Marcus Simonds added 10 points, six rebounds and five assists.

 

Georgia State scored 29 points off turnovers, while also making 13 3-pointers and outscoring South Alabama 32-20 in the paint.

 

Herb McGee led South Alabama with 26 points and eight assists. Rodrick Sikes scored 14, Kory Holden had 12 and R.J. Kelly had 11 in a losing effort.

 

“I’m really proud of my guys and really proud of one guy in particular, Damon Wilson,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “He didn’t score one point tonight and he may have just given us a chance to win a championship. I’ve never seen someone dominate a game like that and not score a point.

 

“In the second half I thought we made some really good adjustments. They did some things in the first half that we did not expect but adjusted well. We only gave up two 3-pointers in the second half and that proved to be the difference.”

 

Both teams came out firing from long range in the first half, making a combined 11 3-pointers in the first nine minutes. Georgia State hung on to a three-point lead with a little under eight minutes left, but a 25-4 run by the Jaguars helped them build an 18-point advantage.

 

Georgia State struggled from the field in the first half, shooting 33.3 percent, while allowing South Alabama to knock down 12 3-pointers. The Panthers trailed 53-39 at halftime as the Jaguars shot 54.8 percent from the floor and 63.2 percent from 3-point range before the break.

 

Thomas had the hot hand for Georgia State to start the second half, hitting back-to-back triples to help kick off a 16-1 run, cutting the deficit to one. A steal by Mitchell led to a fast break dunk by Williams, gave Georgia State its first lead since the 7:28 mark in the first half, 59-58.

 

South Alabama would retake the lead, going up by as many as seven at the midway point, but the Panthers would respond, taking a one- point lead thanks to a 9-1 run, with all nine Georgia State points coming from Thomas and Mitchell. Benlevi extended the lead to four on a 3-pointer, giving the Panthers a 75-71 lead with six minutes remaining.

 

The Jaguars would retake the lead again on a pair of McGee free-throws with four minutes left, but Thomas hit a three on the other end, sparking a 13-2 run to cap the remarkable comeback.

 

Thomas passed Jim Jacobs and Lamont McIntosh to move into 15th on Georgia State’s all-time scoring list, while Benlevi moved up to No. 24, passing Shernard Long and Jeremy Hollowell.

Thomas and Mitchell each pass Trae Golston to move into third in career 3-pointers made with 199 each, and Benlevi moved past Kevin Morris to take over ninth, with 163.

 

Georgia State shot 70.8 percent from the floor in the second half, knocking down 8-of-14 from 3-point range.

 

Georgia State outscored South Alabama 29-7 off turnovers, forcing the Jaguars into 18 turnovers.

 

Georgia State will open a two-game trip in the Carolinas next Thursday at Appalachian State. Tip is set for 7 p.m. in Boone, N.C.

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Georgia State Basketball: Panthers Host South Alabama Friday Night

Game Notes attached

 

Quick Notes

• Georgia State made its second NCAA Tournament in the last four years in 2018 and returns four of five starters. GSU has finished in the top two of the final regular season conference standings four times in the last five years.

• As of Thursday, Georgia State is in third place in the Sun Belt Conference standings at 8-4. The Panthers have finished no worse than second in the Sun Belt in four of the last five years.

• With Wednesday’s win, GSU secured a sixth-straight winning season for the first time in program history.

• Georgia State has won four of the last five meetings with South Alabama and 10 of the last 12.

• The Panthers are 73-33 in Sun Belt Conference regular season games since rejoining the league in 2013-14.

• Georgia State is 16-0 when leading at the half this season, among the top 5 most wins at the half in the country without a loss.

• Georgia State’s 17-8 start is the tied for the fourth-best 25-game start in program history.

• Georgia State won nine non-conference games, tied for the most in program history.

• Georgia State faced five opponents who competed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament in the first 11 games of the season. (Montana, St. Bonaventure, Creighton, Alabama, and No. 24 Kansas State) all away from home going 2-3.

• GSU has beaten two Power 5 opponents in one season for the second time in program history (Georgia and Alabama). Those wins are the only two P5 wins for Sun Belt schools this season.

• GSU has more SEC wins this year than Georgia (1) and Vanderbilt (0) and is tied with Missouri (2).

• GSU’s 21-point halftime comeback at Alabama is tied for the 12th-largest halftime comeback in NCAA history.

• Over the last 12 months, three Panthers have made at least eight 3-pointers in a game. Malik Benlevi knocked down eight against UGA (11/21), while Jeff Thomas did it against Mercer (11/13) earlier this year. Last season, Devin Mitchell made 10 3-pointers at Little Rock.

• Georgia State set a school and conference record with 323 3-pointers last season. Averaging 9.7 3-pointers per game this season, the Panthers are on pace to break that mark.

• Since the 2013-14 season, GSU has won more games (127) than any other NCAA Division I team in Georgia.

• Junior D’Marcus Simonds is averaging 18.1 points per game for his career which currently ranks No. 18 among all active NCAA players and is tops in the Sun Belt. He has made 592 career field goals (most in school history)which is among the top 40 active players and the No. 3 junior in the country.

• Simonds was named the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year after earning AP All-America Honorable Mention last season. He earned Sun Belt Player of the Week honors on Nov. 12.

• Jeff Thomas (195/t4th), Devin Mitchell (195/t4th) and Malik Benlevi (158/10th) all rank among Georgia State career top 10 in 3-point field goals made.

• GSU is one of just 13 programs in the country to feature two assistant coaches who have NCAA D1 head coach experience (McCallum – Ball State/Houston/Detroit and Williams – Tennessee State).

• Head coach Ron Hunter, Georgia State’s all-time leader in wins, earned the 150th win of his career at GSU in the opening game of the Cayman Islands Classic against St. Bonaventure.

• Hunter has led the Panthers to four of the seven most successful seasons in program history, including a pair of 25-win seasons and 24 wins last year.

 

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Georgia State Hosts South Alabama Friday Night

ATLANTA-Looking to continue to build momentum towards the postseason, Georgia State will host South Alabama on Friday night at 7 p.m. in the GSU Sports Arena. The Panthers have won 10 of the last 12 match-ups with the Jaguars and 10-of-11 at home this year.

Georgia State (17-8, 8-4 Sun Belt) snapped a two-game losing streak with an impressive 77-63 win over Troy on Wednesday night as junior D’Marcus Simonds finished with 27 points and set the school record for career field goals made with 589. The victory secured a sixth-straight winning season for the Panthers for the first time in program history.

South Alabama (12-13, 5-7 Sun Belt) dropped a tough decision at Georgia Southern on Wednesday night in Statesboro. The Jaguars have lost two in a row following a three-game winning streak.

Friday’s contest can be heard live on WAOK-AM 1380 and WRAS-FM 88.5 with Dave Cohen, now in his 36th year as the Voice of the Panthers, being joined by former Panther Lamont McIntosh calling the action. The game will also air live on ESPN+ with Sam Crenshaw and Rodney Turner calling the action. Live statistics and live audio will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com and on most mobile devices.

Five members of Georgia State’s line-up are averaging in double figures, while defensively the Panthers rank the top 20 in the nation in blocked shots per game. Georgia State has made 242 3-pointers, ranked among the top 30 in the nation after setting a school and conference record with 323 last year.

“There is no doubt that we gave ourselves some confidence with the way we played in the second half on Wednesday,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “We need to take that confidence and momentum into the start of Friday’s game. As we get closer to March, teams are going to be playing their best basketball and we know South Alabama is going to come in to the GSU Sports Arena ready to play for 40 minutes.”

Since returning from injury, senior Devin Mitchell has shown why he is one of the best shooters in the country. After missing the first seven games, Mitchell has returned to average 14.0 points per game while shooting 47.4 percent from 3-point range. He has made 63 3-pointers in 18 games this season after knocking down 98 treys last year.

Junior D’Marcus Simonds, the 2017-18 Sun Belt Player of the Year, is sixth in the league averaging 19.3 points per game. He stands in second-place on Georgia State’s all-time scoring list with 1,613 points after scoring 27 against Troy. He is just 206 points shy of R.J. Hunter from becoming the all-time career points leader in program history. His career scoring averaging of 18.1 points per game ranks No. 18 among all active NCAA players.

Senior Malik Benlevi, who has knocked down a 50 3-pointers, is averaging 11.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Senior Jeff Thomas is adding 11.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest and has knocked down 51 3-pointers this season.

Senior Jordan Tyson returned to the starting line-up on Wednesday and is averaging 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. Sophomore Kane Williams, who also returned to the starting line-up, is averaging 10.6 points and 3.6 assists per game.

Notes:

  • Georgia State’s 17-8 start to the season is tied for the fourth-best 25-game start in program history.
  • Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Panthers have won more games (127) than any other NCAA Division I team in the state of Georgia.
  • Jeff Thomas (195/t4th), Devin Mitchell (195/t4th) and Malik Benlevi (158/10th) all rank among Georgia State career top 10 in 3-point field goals made.

Following Friday’s game, Georgia State will open a two-game trip in the Carolinas next Thursday at Appalachian State. Tip is set for 7 p.m. in Boone, N.C.

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Georgia State Basketball: Simonds Scores 27, Sets Career Field Goals Made Record as Panthers Top Troy 77-63

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Simonds Scores 27, Sets Career Field Goals Made Record as Panthers Top Troy 77-63

 

ATLANTA – D’Marcus Simonds scored a game-high 27 points, helping Georgia State to a 77-63 victory over Troy on Wednesday at GSU Sports Arena. Simonds shot 9-for-19 from the floor, becoming Georgia State’s all-time leader in career made field goals. He also hit five 3-pointers, while grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out six assists.

 

A 17-3 second-half run helped Georgia State (17-8, 8-4 Sun Belt) blow open a one-point game at halftime. The Panthers’ defense forced Troy (11-13, 4-8 Sun Belt) to commit 19 turnovers, as Georgia State improved to 10-1 at home this season. Georgia State also improved to 16-0 went leading at halftime.

 

The Panthers also came up with 10 steals, outscoring the Trojans 17-4 in fast break points.

 

Senior Devin Mitchell finished with 14 points and five rebounds, while senior Jeff Thomas scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds off the bench. Sophomore Kane Williams returned to the starting line-up and finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.

 

Troy was led by Javan Johnson who scored 13 points and dished out five assists, while Alex Hicks and Devante Foster each scored 10. The Trojans were without the services of All-Sun Belt performer Jordan Varnado and Charles Norman.

“We have been in a little bit of a tailspin and I thought we worked our way out of it tonight,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “We turned the ball over 11 times in the first half and just were not playing well. However, in the second half I thought we started to play our brand of basketball again. We jumped out on them with a 17-3 run and continued to play well the rest of the second half.”

Georgia State got off to a slow start in the first half, falling behind by eight before a 14-0 run gave the Panthers a 26-20 lead with 9:44 to play. Georgia State shot 52.0 percent in the half to lead 34-33 at the break.

 

The Panthers got off to a hot start in the second half, scoring the first eight points and jumping out to an 18-point advantage before Troy came back as Devonte Foster hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the Panther lead to 10 with 3:07 left. However, the Trojans could not cut the lead to single digits as the Panthers pushed it back to 14.

 

Simonds 3-pointer with 12:40 to play in the game was the 589th career made field goal, surpassing Chavelo Holmes who had held the record since 1986. He finished with five 3-pointers, just one shy of a career high.

 

Georgia State finished the game 11-of-27 from beyond the arc, shooting 48.1 percent from the floor. On the other end, Troy shot just 40.0 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from 3-point range, while turning it over 19 times.

Notes:

  • Georgia State’s 17-8 start to the season is tied for the fourth-best 25-game start in program history.
  • Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Panthers have won more games (127) than any other NCAA Division I team in the state of Georgia.
  • Georgia State has won two of the last three games with Troy and now leads the all-time series 20-17.

Georgia State will remain at home and host South Alabama on Friday night at 7 p.m.

www.GeorgiaStateSports.com

 

MIKE HOLMES | Associate Athletic Director – Sports Communications | Georgia State University
Georgia State Stadium, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315
| Office: (404) 413-4033 | Cell: (404) 259-9716

GeorgiaStateSports.com | Twitter: @GSUPanthers

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Georgia State Basketball: Panthers Return Home to Face Troy Wednesday

Game Notes attached

 

Quick Notes

• Georgia State made its second NCAA Tournament in the last four years in 2018 and returns four of five starters. GSU has finished in the top two of the final regular season conference standings four times in the last five years.

• Georgia State is currently in third place in the Sun Belt Conference standings at 7-4. The Panthers have finished no worse than second in the Sun Belt in four of the last five years.

• Troy has won four of the last five against Georgia State, including a 77-75 win in Troy in January.

• The Panthers are 72-33 in Sun Belt Conference regular season games since rejoining the league in 2013-14.

• Georgia State is 15-0 when leading at the half this season, among the top 5 most wins at the half in the country without a loss.

• Georgia State’s 16-8 start is the tied for the fourth-best 24-game start in program history.

• Georgia State won nine non-conference games, tied for the most in program history.

• Georgia State faced five opponents who competed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament in the first 11 games of the season. (Montana, St. Bonaventure, Creighton, Alabama, and No. 24 Kansas State) all away from home going 2-3.

• GSU has beaten two Power 5 opponents in one season for the second time in program history (Georgia and Alabama). Those wins are the only two P5 wins for Sun Belt schools this season.

• GSU has more SEC wins this year than Georgia (1) and Vanderbilt (0) and is tied with Missouri and Texas A&M.

• GSU’s 21-point halftime comeback at Alabama is tied for the 12th-largest halftime comeback in NCAA history.

• Over the last 12 months, three Panthers have made at least eight 3-pointers in a game. Malik Benlevi knocked down eight against UGA (11/21), while Jeff Thomas did it against Mercer (11/13) earlier this year. Last season, Devin Mitchell made 10 3-pointers at Little Rock.

• Georgia State set a school and conference record with 323 3-pointers last season. Averaging 9.6 3-pointers per game this season, the Panthers are on pace to break that mark.

• Since the 2013-14 season, GSU has won more games (126) than any other NCAA Division I team in Georgia.

• Junior D’Marcus Simonds is averaging 18.0 points per game for his career which currently ranks No. 18 among all active NCAA players and is tops in the Sun Belt. He has made 583 career field goals which is No. 38 among all active players and the No. 3 junior in the country.

• Simonds was named the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year after earning AP All-America Honorable Mention last season. He earned Sun Belt Player of the Week honors on Nov. 12.

• Jeff Thomas (192/t4th), Devin Mitchell (192/t4th) and Malik Benlevi (158/10th) all rank among Georgia State career top 10 in 3-point field goals made.

• GSU is one of just 13 programs in the country to feature two assistant coaches who have NCAA D1 head coach experience (McCallum – Ball State/Houston/Detroit and Williams – Tennessee State).

• Head coach Ron Hunter, Georgia State’s all-time leader in wins, earned the 150th win of his career at GSU in the opening game of the Cayman Islands Classic against St. Bonaventure.

• Hunter has led the Panthers to four of the seven most successful seasons in program history, including a pair of 25-win seasons and 24 wins last year.

 

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Georgia State Returns Home to Face Troy Wednesday

ATLANTA-Looking to bounce back from a tough two-game road trip in Louisiana, Georgia State will host Troy on Wednesday night in the GSU Sports Arena at 7 p.m. The Panthers are 9-1 at home this season and 67-11 on Decatur Street over the last five-plus seasons.

Georgia State (16-8, 7-4 Sun Belt) stands in third place in the league standings entering Wednesday night and will look to top Troy (11-12, 4-7 Sun Belt) which snapped a four-game losing streak on Saturday against Arkansas State.

Wednesday’s contest can be heard live on WAOK-AM 1380 and WRAS-FM 88.5 with Dave Cohen, now in his 36th year as the Voice of the Panthers, being joined by former Panther Lamont McIntosh calling the action. The game will also air live on ESPN+ with Sam Crenshaw and Rodney Turner calling the action. Live statistics and live audio will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com and on most mobile devices.

The Trojans have won four of the last five in the series with the Panthers, including a 77-75 victory in Troy last month as Jordan Varnado knocked down a game-winning 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds to play.

Five members of Georgia State’s line-up are averaging in double figures, while defensively the Panthers rank the top 20 in blocked shots per game. Georgia State has made 231 3-pointers, ranked No. 31 in the nation after setting a school and conference record with 323 last year.

“Our team is facing some adversity right now, but rather than feeling sorry for ourselves, we are working hard to get back to our winning ways,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “We have had a couple of great days of practice and are excited to get back out on the court Wednesday night.”

Since returning from injury, senior Devin Mitchell has shown why he is one of the best shooters in the country. After missing the first seven games, Mitchell has returned to average 14.0 points per game while shooting 46.5 percent from 3-point range. He has made 60 3-pointers in 17 games this season after knocking down 98 treys last year.

Junior D’Marcus Simonds, the 2017-18 Sun Belt Player of the Year, is sixth in the league averaging 19.0 points per game. He stands in second-place on Georgia State’s all-time scoring list with 1,587 points after scoring 19 against Louisiana. He is just 233 points shy of R.J. Hunter from becoming the all-time career points leader in program history. His career scoring averaging of 18.0 points per game ranks No. 18 among all active NCAA players.

Senior Malik Benlevi, who has knocked down a 50 3-pointers, is averaging 11.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Senior Jeff Thomas is adding 11.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest and has knocked down 48 3-pointers this season.

Freshman Nelson Phillips rounds out the starting line-up after making his first career start against Louisiana last Friday. He finished the game with 14 points and six rebounds.

Sophomore Kane Williams, who has come off the bench the last four games, is averaging 10.7 points and 3.5 assists per game.

Notes:

  • Georgia State’s 16-8 start to the season is tied for the fourth-best 24-game start in program history.
  • Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Panthers have won more games (126) than any other NCAA Division I team in the state of Georgia.
  • Jeff Thomas (192/t4th), Devin Mitchell (192/t4th) and Malik Benlevi (158/10th) all rank among Georgia State career top 10 in 3-point field goals made.

Following Wednesday’s game, Georgia State will remain at home and host South Alabama on Friday night at 7 p.m.

www.GeorgiaStateSports.com

 

MIKE HOLMES | Associate Athletic Director – Sports Communications | Georgia State University
Georgia State Stadium, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315
| Office: (404) 413-4033 | Cell: (404) 259-9716

GeorgiaStateSports.com | Twitter: @GSUPanthers

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Georgia State Basketball: Panthers Fall to Louisiana 76-72

Final Stats attached

 

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Georgia State Falls to Louisiana 76-72

LAFAYETTE, La.-Georgia State overcame a 15-point first half deficit before falling late to Louisiana 76-72 on Friday night at the Cajundome.

Trailing by two with just under 30 seconds to play, senior Devin Mitchell’s 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds to play was just off the mark allowing the Ragin’s Cajuns to hold on for the victory.

Georgia State (16-8, 7-4 Sun Belt) dropped its second straight game while Louisiana (14-10, 5-6 Sun Belt) snapped a three-game losing streak.

Mitchell finished with a team-high 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers, while junior D’Marcus Simonds, who was hampered by foul trouble in the second half, scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds.

Freshman Nelson Phillips who made his first career start finished with 14 points and six rebounds.

JaKeenan Gant led the Ragin’ Cajuns with 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting, while Cedric Russell added 14.

Georgia State trailed by as many as 15 in the first half and 11 at halftime before opening the second half on a 17-0 run capped by a 3-pointer from Simonds to take a 47-41 lead with 14:20 to play.

The Panthers held Louisiana scoreless for nearly six minutes of the second half run and limited the Ragin’ Cajuns to just 36.7 percent shooting in the second half.

“Although we are extremely disappointed with this loss, I’m extremely proud of how this team responded in the second half,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “We dug ourselves a pretty big hole in the first half, but to come out the way we did in the second half shows me what this team is capable of. At the end of the day, we need to play that way for 40 minutes if we are going to win.”

Louisiana dominated the first half leading by as many 15 with 4:48 to play. Leading 25-19 the Ragin’ Cajuns used a 9-0 run to push the lead to 34-19 before the Panthers responded to cut the lead to 41-30 at halftime.

Louisiana shot 46.2 percent in the first half while the Panthers were held to just 37.0 percent shooting including 0-of-7 from 3-point range.

Sophomore Kane Williams came off the bench for a fourth straight game and finished with 11 points going 7-of-8 from the free throw line.

Georgia State shot 50.0 percent for the game and 65.2 percent in the second half, going 6-of-10 from 3-point range in the final 20 minutes.

Louisiana finished the game shooting 41.1 percent and were 10-of-27 from 3-point range. The Ragin’ Cajuns went 20-of-23 from the free throw line.

Georgia State will return home and begin a two-game homestand facing Troy next Wednesday at 7 p.m.

www.GeorgiaStateSports.com

 

 

MIKE HOLMES | Associate Athletic Director – Sports Communications | Georgia State University
Georgia State Stadium, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315
| Office: (404) 413-4033 | Cell: (404) 259-9716

GeorgiaStateSports.com | Twitter: @GSUPanthers

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Georgia State Basketball: Panthers Face Louisiana on ESPN2 Friday Night

Game Notes attached

 

Quick Notes

• Georgia State made its second NCAA Tournament in the last four years in 2018 and returns four of five starters. GSU has finished in the top two of the final regular season conference standings four times in the last five years.

• Georgia State has combined to go 14-6 in the state of Louisiana since rejoining the Sun Belt. Earlier this year GSU topped Tulane in New Orleans 80-76, before falling to ULM 82-76 on Wednesday night.

• Georgia State is currently in first place in the Sun Belt Conference standings at 7-3. The Panthers have finished no worse than second in the Sun Belt in four of the last five years.

• The Panthers topped Louisiana 89-76 in January knocking down 13 3-pointers.

• The Panthers are 72-32 in Sun Belt Conference regular season games since rejoining the league in 2013-14.

• Georgia State is 15-0 when leading at the half this season, among the top 5 most wins at the half in the country without a loss.

• Georgia State’s 16-7 start is the tied for the fourth-best 23-game start in program history.

• Georgia State won nine non-conference games, tied for the most in program history.

• Georgia State faced five opponents who competed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament in the first 11 games of the season. (Montana, St. Bonaventure, Creighton, Alabama, and No. 24 Kansas State) all away from home going 2-3.

• GSU has beaten two Power 5 opponents in one season for the second time in program history (Georgia and Alabama). Those wins are the only two P5 wins for Sun Belt schools this season.

• GSU’s 21-point halftime comeback at Alabama is tied for the 12th-largest halftime comeback in NCAA history.

• Over the last 12 months, three Panthers have made at least eight 3-pointers in a game. Malik Benlevi knocked down eight against UGA (11/21), while Jeff Thomas did it against Mercer (11/13) earlier this year. Last season, Devin Mitchell made 10 3-pointers at Little Rock.

• Georgia State set a school and conference record with 323 3-pointers last season. Averaging 9.8 3-pointers per game this season, the Panthers are on pace to break that mark.

• Since the 2013-14 season, GSU has won more games (126) than any other NCAA Division I team in Georgia.

• Junior D’Marcus Simonds is averaging 18.0 points per game for his career which currently ranks No. 18 among all active NCAA players and is tops in the Sun Belt. He has made 583 career field goals which is No. 42 among all active players and the No. 3 junior in the country.

• Simonds was named the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year after earning AP All-America Honorable Mention last season. He earned Sun Belt Player of the Week honors on Nov. 12.

• Jeff Thomas (192/4th), Devin Mitchell (190/5th) and Malik Benlevi (158/10th) all rank among Georgia State career top 10 in 3-point field goals made.

• GSU is one of just 13 programs in the country to feature two assistant coaches who have NCAA D1 head coach experience (McCallum – Ball State/Houston/Detroit and Williams – Tennessee State).

• Head coach Ron Hunter, Georgia State’s all-time leader in wins, earned the 150th win of his career at GSU in the opening game of the Cayman Islands Classic against St. Bonaventure.

•             Hunter has led the Panthers to four of the seven most successful seasons in program history, including a pair of 25-win seasons and 24 wins last year.

 

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Georgia State and Louisiana Square Off on ESPN2 Friday Night

LAFAYETTE, La.-Georgia State and Louisiana, the two winningest programs in the Sun Belt Conference over the last six years, will square off in the Cajundome on Friday night at 9 p.m. in front of a national TV audience for the third time during the stretch.

Georgia State (16-7, 7-3 Sun Belt) and Louisiana (13-10, 4-6 Sun Belt) are both looking to rebound from tough losses on Wednesday night. Friday’s game will air live on ESPN2, marking the third time the two schools have played on ‘The Deuce’ since 2014.

Friday’s contest can be heard live on WAOK-AM 1380 and WRAS-FM 88.5 with Dave Cohen, now in his 36th year as the Voice of the Panthers, being joined by former Panther Lamont McIntosh calling the action. Live statistics and live audio will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com and on most mobile devices.

Georgia State enters Friday in first place in the league, a spot that has been very familiar for the Panthers over the years. The Panthers have finished in the top two in the conference standings in four of the last five seasons.

The Panthers have had equal success in the Bayou State during that time compiling a 14-6 record, including a 1-1 mark this season after a win at Tulane in November.

Five members of Georgia State’s line-up are averaging in double figures, while defensively the Panthers rank among the top 50 in the NCAA in total steals and top 20 in total blocked shots. Georgia State has made 225 3-pointers (top 30 in the NCAA) after setting a school and conference record with 323 last year.

“One of the best things about this team and what we have built with our program is our ability to bounce back,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “Obviously we were not happy with the loss on Wednesday, but our guys are already excited to get back out on the court. We never like to lose, but when we do, we generally bounce back pretty quickly.”

Since returning from injury, senior Devin Mitchell has shown why he is one of the best shooters in the country. After missing the first seven games, Mitchell has returned to average 13.6 points per game while shooting 47.2 percent from 3-point range. He has made 58 3-pointers in 16 games this season after knocking down 98 treys last year.

Junior D’Marcus Simonds, the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year, is seventh in the league averaging 19.0 points per game. He stands in second-place on Georgia State’s all-time scoring list with 1,568 points after scoring 18 against ULM. He is just 252 points shy of R.J. Hunter from becoming the all-time career points leader in program history. His career scoring averaging of 18.0 points per game ranks No. 18 among all active NCAA players.

Senior Malik Benlevi, who has knocked down a 50 3-pointers, is averaging 11.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Senior Jeff Thomas is adding 11.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest and has knocked down 48 3-pointers this season.

Senior Jordan Tyson has rounded out the starting line-up the last three games. Against Georgia Southern he pulled down a career-high eight rebounds in 21 minutes of action.

Sophomore Kane Williams, who has come off the bench last three games, is averaging 10.6 points and 3.5 assists per game.

Notes:

  • Georgia State’s 16-7 start to the season is tied for the fourth-best 23-game start in program history.
  • Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Panthers have won more games (126) than any other NCAA Division I team in the state of Georgia.
  • Jeff Thomas (192/4th), Devin Mitchell (190/5th) and Malik Benlevi (158/10th) all rank among Georgia State career top 10 in 3-point field goals made.

Following Friday’s game, Georgia State will return home to face Troy next Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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MIKE HOLMES | Associate Athletic Director – Sports Communications | Georgia State University
Georgia State Stadium, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315
| Office: (404) 413-4033 | Cell: (404) 259-9716

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Georgia State Basketball: Panthers Fall to ULM 82-76

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Georgia State Falls at ULM 82-76

MONROE, La.-A pair of late 3-pointers by Daishon Smith led UL Monroe to an 82-76 win over Georgia State on Wednesday night at Fant-Ewing Coliseum. Smith finished with a game-high 36 points as the Warhawks snapped the Panthers two-game winning streak.

Georgia State (16-7, 7-3 Sun Belt) was led by junior D’Marcus Simonds who scored 18 points and dished out six assists, while senior Devin Mitchell scored 15.

ULM (12-10, 5-5 Sun Belt) snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 10-1 at home this season. The Warhawks went 21-of-24 from the free throw line, while the Panthers managed to go just 7-of-10.

“Obviously we are disappointed by the loss,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “Winning on the road in this league is tough and we didn’t take advantage of enough opportunities tonight to come away with a win. When we took the lead with about two minutes left, we needed to get a defensive stop and were just not able to get one.”

After battling back and forth the first six minutes, Georgia State took a 17-13 lead with 13:20 to play in the first half before ULM responded with an 8-0 run to build a four point lead with just under 10 minutes to play.

The Warhawks pushed the lead to 28-21 with 7:00 minutes to play before the Panthers responded on a steal and fastbreak lay-up by Kane Williams, cutting ULM’s lead to just 33-32 with just under three minutes to play.

ULM responded again with the next five points and eventually went into the locker room leading 40-34 after shooting 48.3 percent in the first half.

On a steal and dunk by Simonds, the Panthers tied the game 49-49 with 13:28 to play. After the Warhawks retook the lead, Georgia State responded and on a steal by senior Jeff Thomas and dunk by senior Malik Benlevi, the Panthers took their first lead of the second half 55-54 with 11:41 remaining.

ULM responded again and led 73-69 with 3:29 to play before a jumper by Mitchell and 3-pointer by Thomas gave the Panthers a 74-73 lead with 2:00 minutes to play.

Smith responded with back-to-back 3-pointers and a free throw for the Warhawks to seal the victory.

Thomas finished with eight points and five rebounds for GSU, while Benlevi added 11 points and six boards. Williams came off the bench for a third-straight game and finished with 13 points, while freshman Nelson Phillips added six points and three rebounds.

Travis Munnings, Michael Ertel, and JD Williams each scored 12 points, as Munnings just missed a double-double with nine rebounds.

Georgia State will remain on the road and travel to Lafayette to play Louisiana on Friday night. The game will air live on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. ET.

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MIKE HOLMES | Associate Athletic Director – Sports Communications | Georgia State University
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| Office: (404) 413-4033 | Cell: (404) 259-9716

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Georgia State Football: Panthers Complete Class with Seven Signees

Head Coach Shawn Elliott Press Conference: https://youtu.be/qR-WtISXyLQ

 

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Georgia State Football: Panthers Complete Class with Seven Signees

 

ATLANTA — Adding skilled athletes to an early class that was dominated by linemen, Georgia State added seven signees to its 2018-19 recruiting class on Wednesday’s National Signing Day, joining the 13 new additions who signed in December.

 

On Wednesday, the Panthers added two receivers, two defensive backs, a tight end, a punter-placekicker and a defensive lineman.

 

"Our staff did an excellent job of evaluating and finding the student-athletes who fit our needs," head coach Shawn Elliott said. "They have to be so much more than just great athletes. They have to have great academics and high character, and they have to be tough individuals. Overall, we feel we’ve found that.

 

"We had a chance to add three more players on offense, three on defense and a specialist," Elliott continued. "We added a real play-maker on the defensive line, along with two wide receivers, two secondary players and a punter-placekicker."

 

Combining the two groups, Georgia State’s class includes eight linemen, including five on defense and three on offense, along with four defensive backs, three linebackers, two receivers, one quarterback, one tight end and one punter-placekicker.

 

As the Georgia State program–which is entering its 10th season in 2019–continues to grow and the facilities continue to improve, Elliott is pleased with the response that he and his staff are receiving on the recruiting trail.

 

"It’s really amazing to see," Elliott said. "When you talk to the families after the visit, they have such great things to say about our staff, this great city of Atlanta and of course about Georgia State."

 

Two defensive linemen who signed in December enrolled at Georgia State in January and will participate in spring practice in junior college transfer Tahji Gilbert (NW Mississippi CC) and Javon Denis (Deerfield Beach, Fla., HS).

 

The Panthers open spring practice March 12.

 

FEB. 6, 2019 SIGNEES

Name                                Pos       Ht, Wt         Hometown                        High School/Previous

Miles Dickens                               DL         6-2, 249        Deerfield Beach, Fla.              Deerfield Beach

Michael Hayes                             PK         5-9, 186         Florence, S.C.                            West Florence

Antavious Lane                              S         5-9, 180         West Palm Beach, Fla.           William T. Dwyer

Avery Reece                                  TE         6-2, 273        Anderson, S.C.                           Belton-Honea Path

Cameron Sims                            CB         6-1, 180          Cordova, Tenn.                          Lausanne Collegiate

Cadarrius Thompson               WR         6-3, 190         Florence, Ala.                            Florence

Jamari Thrash                            WR         6-0, 180         LaGrange, Ga.                            Troup County

 

DEC. 19, 2018 SIGNEES

Name                                Pos       Ht, Wt         Hometown                        High School/Previous

Marcus Anderson                     ILB         5-10, 215       Norman Park, Ga.                     Colquitt County

Trey Bonner                                  OL         6-3, 278        Gray, Ga.                                      Jones County

Cornelious Brown IV                 QB         6-5, 180         Calera, Ala.                                 Calera

Jeffery Clark Jr.                           DL         6-0, 265       Powder Springs, Ga.                McEachern

Luis Cristobal                               OL         6-0, 301         Miami, Fla.                                  Christopher Columbus

Javon Denis *                               DL         6-0, 243       Deerfield Beach, Fla.              Deerfield Beach

Ronald Folkes                              OT         6-4, 270        Port St. Lucie, Fla.                    William T. Dwyer

Tahji Gilbert *                               DL         6-0, 282       Morton, Miss.                             Morton/NW Mississippi CC

Thomas Gore                               NG         6-0, 285       Antioch, Tenn.                           Brentwood Academy

Tyreke Harrison                          DB         5-10, 180       Plant City, Fla.                           Plant City

Jay Lepkoske                            OLB         6-1, 204         Sautee Nacoochee, Ga.        White County

Jaquez Pennimon                         S         6-0, 185         Macon, Ga.                                  Southwest Macon

Jordan Veneziale                      ILB         6-0, 209       Dallas, Ga.                                   North Paulding

                                                                                                                                                                             

* Enrolled at GSU in January 2019

 

 

 

 

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