Northeastern (18-10) at Georgia State (15-15)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 27, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: GSU Sports Arena (4,500) -- Atlanta, Georgia.
Television: None. Home Record: NU 7-7, GSU 9-6. Away Record: NU 9-2, GSU 6-9.
Neutral Record: NU 2-1, GSU 0-0. Conference Record: NU 13-3, GSU 10-7. Series
Record: Northeastern leads, 9-6.
GAME NOTES: The Georgia State Panthers will close out the 2012-13 regular
season on Wednesday night, as they welcome the first-place Northeastern
Huskies to GSU Sports Arena for a Colonial Athletic Association clash.
At 18-10 overall and 13-3 in the CAA, Northeastern has clinched at least a
share of the league's regular-season title, its first ever as a member of the
CAA and its first since claiming the America East crown back in 1993, and with
a win in this matchup it will earn that title outright. The Huskies hosted
James Madison last Wednesday in their most recent bout, and came away with a
Georgia State has come on strong down the stretch, as it has won three of its
last four games to improve to 15-15 overall and 10-7 in conference. The
Panthers also played JMU in their latest contest, winning on the road on
Saturday afternoon, 66-62.
NU leads the all-time series with GSU, 9-6, although the Panthers defeated the
Huskies on Jan. 30 in Boston, 78-73.
Northeastern played a hotly-contested bout with JMU, and with the game tied at
64-64 with just three seconds remaining, David Walker connected on the game-
winning jumper to give the Huskies the thrilling victory. It was an
outstanding shooting night for the squad, as it made nearly 49 percent of its
field goal attempts (including 8-of-15 from 3-point range), and 90 percent of
its free throws (18-of-20). Quincy Ford led the way with 14 points, while
Reggie Spencer and Walker added 13 and 11 points, respectively. On the season,
NU enjoys the CAA's second-ranked scoring offense (69.3 ppg) thanks mostly to
its outstanding free-throw (.760) and 3-point (.375) percentages, both of
which rank first in the conference. Joel Smith sneaks into the league's top-10
in scoring with 16.0 ppg, and he has drained 67 3-pointers at a 42.1 percent
clip. Ford (13.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg) and Spencer (10.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg) are both
crucial frontcourt components, while Jonathan Lee scores 13.3 ppg and hands
out four assists per contest.
Georgia State led by as many as 13 points in the second half of its latest
game, and even though JMU came all the way back to tie things up with three
minutes left, the Panthers sealed the deal by shooting 6-of-6 from the foul
line down the stretch. Although it wasn't the best shooting effort for the
team (.415), it was saved by its near-perfect showing at the charity stripe
(17-of-18). James Vincent paced four teammates in double figures with 16
points, and he also made his presence felt in the paint with seven rebounds
and three blocks. Devonta White tallied 15 points and five assists, while R.J.
Hunter and Rashaad Richardson poured in 11 points apiece. GSU is fortunate to
have three of the CAA's top-13 scorers in Hunter (17.1 ppg), White (14.5 ppg)
and Manny Atkins (13.8 ppg), but it doesn't boast much depth behind the trio
as it ranks fifth in the conference in scoring at 67.7 ppg. White ranks among
the league leaders in assists (3.9 apg), and all three come up with at least
GSU has been strong on its home floor (9-6) and carries enough momentum into
this meeting to pull off the upset, but Northeastern has been up to the task
on the road this season (9-2), and it will be eager to clinch the outright CAA
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Northeastern 66, Georgia State 64
02/27 10:35:45 ET