Georgia State (10-11) at Drexel (7-11)
The Sports Network
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 Philadelphia.
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 teammates.
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