On November 10th, we got to see Carver Cougars versus GSU Panthers in a regular season opening game. The Cougars, a NCCAA school, is located just southwest of downtown Atlanta. The Panthers, once the dust settled, defeated the Cougars, 90-50.
The Carver Cougars only sponsor two sports: Men’s and Women’s Basketball. Their only athletics affiliation is with the NCCAA.
For the first 12.5 minutes, the Carver Cougars versus GSU Panthers contest was evenly matched, resulting in a 18-13 lead by the Panthers.
By the time halftime arrived, the Panthers had settled down, leading 42-19. The Cougars made 3 of 10 three-pointers, while the Panthers shot an abysmal 4 of 15.
By the time the contest ended, the Panthers had 10 three pointers (35 attempts), while the Cougars only had 7 treys on 20 attempts. Georgia State’s D’Marcus Simonds re-wrote the GSU history book, recording the school’s first ever triple double (20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists). Final game statistics can be found here.
Personal thoughts – As noted above, this game was close for the first 12ish minutes. GSU effectively was treating this like an exhibition game and was acting like this was a scrimmage. I’m glad things settled down. Someone close to the GSU Program and I were discussing Carver Cougars versus GSU Panthers pre-game; I noted that I’d be shocked if the Cougars managed to put 40 points on the board. I’m glad things settled down the second half of the game, but this should’ve never have been this close of a game.
Carver College headed to Tennessee Wesleyan (Athens, TN), and won 89-79. Monday, they head to Morroa, GA to take on Clayton State University.
Georgia State heads to Houston, TX, to take on the Rice Owls on November 14th. Three more road games before they come home to take on Tulane’s Green Wave on November 26th.