Georgia State (6-6) at East Carolina (10-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, December 29, 1 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum (8,000) -- Greenville,
North Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: Georgia State 4-0, East
Carolina 6-1. Away Record: Georgia State 1-5, East Carolina 1-2. Neutral
Record: Georgia State 1-1, East Carolina 3-0. Conference Record: Georgia State
0-0, East Carolina 0-0. Series Record: East Carolina 2-0.
GAME NOTES: Although the Georgia State Panthers are coming off three
consecutive wins, they'll be the underdog when the team travels to face the
East Carolina Pirates Sunday in Greenville.
The Pirates have won six of their last eight games and sport a 10-3 overall
record with six of their wins coming in front of the home crowd at Williams
Arena. The Pirates lost their last contest before an eight-day break though,
falling to NC State, 90-79.
Georgia State easily disposed of the University of Texas San Antonio on the
road, 99-68, a week ago for the team's third straight win. The Panthers are
trying to rebound from a four-game losing streak the team suffered early in
the season. They'll need all the firepower they can get to take down an East
Carolina team ranked 16th in the country in scoring offense.
In Georgia State's win over Texas-San Antonio last Sunday, sophomore R.J.
Hunter poured in 41 points, a career-high for him, and hit a school and Sun
Belt Conference record 12 3-pointers to help his team to a blowout win. Hunter
previously held the 3-point record for the Panthers, which he set at 10 last
season against Old Dominion. He finished the game against UTSA 14-of-21
shooting from the floor and 12-of-19 from beyond the arc. As a team, Georgia
State shot 55.6 percent from the floor and amassed 19 3-pointers (the program
record in a single game is 21). Senior Devonta White dished out a career-best
11 assists in the win.
Hunter is only second on the team in scoring, averaging 17.2 points per game
and an impressive 87 percent from the free-throw line. Junior guard Ryan
Harrow is the team's leading scorer per game, entering the contest at East
Carolina with a 19.9 clip. He's also second on the team in assist per game
The Pirates, of Conference-USA, fell to 0-57 lifetime against ACC schools with
the 90-79 defeat at the hands of the Wolfpack. Akeem Richmond was one of four
Pirates to score in double figures in the contest, as he led the team with 23
points. East Carolina shot 47 percent and hit 10 3-pointers in the game, but
NC State closed out the first half on a 15-0 run and took a 45-38 lead into
the locker room.
Richmond is the team's leading scorer, registering 18.6 points per game. Paris
Roberts-Campbell is second on the team with a 14.4 ppg, and second on the team
in assist, dishing out 3.3 per outing. Brandan Stith is 31st in the nation,
averaging 9.5 rebounds per game. As a team, the Pirates rank 72nd in the
nation in rebounds per game.
The Pirates are a dominant force at home having lost only once there this
season. The Panthers should beware ECU's explosive offensive attack.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: East Carolina 74, Georgia State 66
12/29 10:31:49 ET
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