Georgia State (10-11) at Drexel (7-11)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 26, 12 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Daskalakis Center (2,532) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Television: None. Home Record: GSU 7-5, Drexel 1-5. Away Record: GSU 3-6,
Drexel 5-4. Neutral Record: GSU 0-0, Drexel 1-2. Conference Record: GSU 5-3,
Drexel 3-3. Series Record: Drexel leads, 11-3.
GAME NOTES: After a thrilling win on Wednesday night, the Drexel Dragons head
back to the hardwood on Saturday afternoon when they host the Georgia State
Panthers in Colonial Athletic Association action at the Daskalakis Center in
Three nights ago, the Dragons were tied with Hofstra on the road with less
than six seconds remaining, but Frantz Massenat split a pair of defenders just
shy of half court and threw in a prayer to give Drexel the 55-52 victory. The
win for the Dragons was their second in a row and pushed them over .500 on the
road at 5-4.
Drexel, which is trapped in the bottom half of the league standings with a 3-3
mark, has won just once in six tries at home in 2012-13.
As for the Panthers, they too were in action three nights ago and also picked
up a league victory, but unlike the Dragons, GSU had an easy time of it in an
81-63 triumph versus UNC Wilmington at home. The win was the fourth in as many
games for the Panthers who are now 5-3 in CAA play.
In a series that dates back three decades, the Dragons are ahead by a count of
11-3 over Georgia State, thanks to a 77-60 win in the most recent encounter
earlier this month on the road. In that contest Massenat erupted for a
game-high 25 points and Damion Lee chipped in 15 for the visitors as they shot
53.1 percent from the floor. The Panthers were paced by R.J. Hunter who
tallied 23 points.
Manny Atkins and R.J. Hunter both tallied 19 points, the latter adding six
rebounds, six assists, three steals and a pair of blocked shots to his stat
line as well in the win over UNCW on Wednesday night. Devonta White
contributed another 17 points, although he shot just 1-of-5 behind the 3-point
line in the triumph. All three of the aforementioned players have started all
21 games this season for the Panthers, so it only makes sense that they have
combined to provide about 44 of the team's 66.2 ppg this season. Hunter heads
the list with 16.3 ppg, White chips in 14.2 ppg, to go along with his 74
assists and 38 steals, while Atkins accounts for 13.8 ppg and is also the top
man on the glass with six per game at the moment.
With the loss of Chris Fouch so early in the campaign, the Dragons have had a
tough time getting themselves back on track, but Massenat made sure the team
made it back into the win column on Wednesday with his incredible shot. He
finished with just 14 points, matching Damion Lee for the scoring lead, but
the pair combined to shoot just 8-of-24 from the floor, the rest of the unit
hitting on 13-of-27 which was far more respectable. Outside of Massenat's
prayer at the buzzer, the program connected on just 3-of-15 beyond the arc.
Lee, who has also missed a number of games in 2012-13, is the top active
scorer for the group with 17.2 ppg, while Massenat checks in with not only
14.3 ppg but also a team-best 75 assists in an effort to jump-start his
Seeing as how Drexel can't seem to win at home and the team needed a last-
second shot to take out Hofstra earlier this week, there's a good chance the
Dragons will have a hard time living off that high in New York and will bow to
the Panthers this weekend.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Georgia State 76, Drexel 65
01/26 10:38:31 ET
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