Georgia State (5-6) at Texas-San Antonio (3-7)
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DATE & TIME: Sunday, December 22, 2 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Convocation Center (4,080) -- San Antonio, Texas.
Television: None. Home Record: GSU 4-0, UTSA 2-4. Away Record: GSU 0-5, UTSA
1-3. Neutral Record: GSU 1-1, UTSA 0-0. Conference Record: GSU 0-0, UTSA 0-0.
Series Record: Texas-San Antonio leads, 8-6.
GAME NOTES: The Georgia State Panthers will try to extend their winning streak
to a season-long three games when they visit the Convocation Center on Sunday
afternoon to take on the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners in a non-conference
Georgia State's recent two-game homestand resulted in a 79-73 victory over Old
Dominion on Dec. 13 and a 73-61 triumph versus Georgia Southern on Friday
night to pull to 5-6 on the year. The bad news for the Panthers in this
matchup is that, while they are a perfect 4-0 at home, they have yet to win a
road test in five tries.
UTSA had been winners of two straight themselves after opening up December by
defeating Texas-Pan American (72-65) and Huston-Tillotson (90-62), but it fell
back to its losing ways on Wednesday with a 90-64 setback against Cal State
Bakersfield. The Roadrunners are now 3-7 on the season, including just 2-4 at
the Convocation Center.
The Roadrunners hold an 8-6 advantage over Georgia State in the all-time
series, although the Panthers got the best of UTSA on Feb. 18, 2012, 82-71.
Although Georgia State endured 14 lead changes in its latest game versus
Georgia Southern, it ultimately separated itself down the stretch to pull off
the 12-point home victory thanks to an impressive .490 field goal percentage.
Manny Atkins was the catalyst with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Ryan Harrow
poured in 22 points while R.J. Hunter netted 16 points, and the backcourt duo
combined to shoot 6-of-13 from beyond the arc.
On the season, the Panthers sport a solid offensive attack by shooting 46.4
percent from the floor for 75.9 points per game, but unfortunately their
opponents are right on their heels with 72.9 points per game. Although they
have a questionable defense, they are aided by an outstanding +4.3 turnover
margin. Harrow scores 20.0 points per game on 47.6 percent field goal
shooting, while Hunter (15.0 ppg) and Atkins (11.9 ppg) round out one of the
Sun Belt's best scoring trios. Curtis Washington (8.6 ppg) is a difference-
maker in the paint, registering 6.9 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game.
The Roadrunners put up a solid field goal shooting night in their latest
contest (.465), but they never had a chance thanks to Bakersfield's red-hot
performance, as it shot 58 percent from the field and a perfect 20-of-20 from
the free-throw line. Pacing the losing effort was Keon Lewis with 17 points,
although shot just 5-of-13 from the floor in the process. Jordan Sims added 16
points on 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, while Phillip Jones chipped in 13
UTSA has established a similar theme this season, as its offensive attack
(70.1 ppg) can't quite keep up with its opponents' (76.3 ppg). A big reason
for its struggles has been its inability to take care of the basketball, as it
commits 16.5 turnovers per game for a -4.3 takeaway margin. Lewis leads the
way with 15.3 points per game and has been outstanding from the charity stripe
(.857). Hyjii Thomas brings 13.3 points per game to the table, and Sims (10.4
ppg) has drained 26 of the team's 49 3-pointers.
Georgia State has performed poorly on the road, but UTSA hasn't defended its
home floor well either during the first two months of the season. The Panthers
are the more talented team in this one and should be able to power past the
Roadrunners to move back to .500.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Georgia State 75, Texas-San Antonio 70
12/22 10:37:22 ET
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