Georgia State (2-3) at Elon (2-4)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 26, 7:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Alumni Gym (1,607) -- Elon, North Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: GSU 1-0, Elon 1-1. Away Record: GSU 0-2, Elon 1-1. Neutral Record: GSU 1-1, Elon 0-2. Conference Record: GSU 0-0, Elon 0-0. Series Record: Series is tied 1-1.
GAME NOTES: The Elon Phoenix and Georgia State Panthers will square off in final round action of the consolation bracket of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Tuesday night.
The Phoenix were shocked in Monday night's contest, as Division II Metro State jumped all over Elon and held on for a stunning 76-74 victory at Alumni Gym. With the loss, Elon has now lost four straight games since opening the season with back-to-back wins.
The Panthers also enter this contest off a loss on Monday, as Georgia State fell to Canisius, 79-71. The loss was the second straight for GSU and dropped the team under .500 for the first time this season.
There have been just two previous meetings between this teams, with a split of games during the 2007 calendar year.
Georgia State hasn't really struggled at the offensive end this season and enters Tuesday averaging a solid 80.4 ppg. The problems for the Panthers have come at the defensive end, where foes are netting 77.6 ppg, on .452 shooting. Ryan Harrow and R.J. Hunter are a potent one-two punch for GSU, averaging 17.2 and 16.6 ppg, respectively. Devonta White rounds out the double-digit threats at 10.4 ppg.
The Panthers got 23 points from Harrow, but struggled to find their range, going a mere 3-of-20 from behind the arc in an eight-point loss to Canisius on Monday. The loss spoiled a career-performance for Curtis Washington, who recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. GSU dominated in the paint, outscoring the Golden Griffins 42-18 down low, but Canisius was content to stay along the perimeter, draining 13 3- pointers.
A 21-10 run in the first half by Metro State put the Phoenix in a hole they were unable to climb out of, finally losing by two points to the Roadrunners on Monday night. The Phoenix were led offensively by Austin Hamilton and Sebastian Koch, who each posted 15 points. Jack Isenbarger pitched in with 13 points off the bench, while Lucas Troutman and Tanner Samson chipped in with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Despite the ugly overall record, the Phoenix have not been bad offensively this season, averaging 80.2 ppg on .498 shooting. Four of the team's five starters average double figures, led by Troutman's 16.3 ppg. Samson is next in line at 12.5 ppg, followed closely by Koch (12.2 ppg) and Ryley Beaumont (11.5 ppg). Hamilton is just under double digits (9.7 ppg), but is the team's top distributor (4.3 apg).
Neither team has been able to turn their offensive strengths into consistent wins this season, but Elon should be able to shake off Monday's stunning loss and put one in the win column here.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Elon 74. Georgia State 70
11/26 10:36:00 ET