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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 5, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: GSU Sports Arena (4,500) -- Atlanta, Georgia. Television: None. Home Record: JMU 3-2, GSU 4-4. Away Record: JMU 1-3, GSU 1-5. Neutral Record: JMU 3-1, GSU 0-0. Conference Record: JMU 1-0, GSU 0-1. Series Record: GSU leads, 7-5.
GAME NOTES: Colonial Athletic Association play resumes on Saturday for the Georgia State Panthers and the James Madison Dukes, as the two are set to square off at GSU Sports Arena.
James Madison enters the game seeking a fifth consecutive victory after opening its CAA slate with a 58-55 triumph at Old Dominion on Wednesday. That contest was the third stop in the team's five-game road trip, which wraps up at Hampton on Monday.
Georgia State's season has spiraled in a much different direction with five straight losses entering the weekend. The Panthers opened their league schedule on Wednesday and suffered a 77-60 home loss at the hands of Drexel.
GSU has won five of the last six meetings in the head-to-head series, which the Panthers lead, 7-5.
JMU got a big second half from Rayshawn Goins against Old Dominion, as the senior scored 13 of his game-high 16 points after halftime. Goins also pulled down nine rebounds and blocked three shots. Freshman guard Ron Curry chipped in with 13 points, going 2-for-3 from the perimeter. The Dukes shot just 36.4 percent from the floor as a team, but they also forced 15 turnovers while holding ODU to 37-percent shooting. On the season, Goins leads the team with 14.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest. Point guard Devon Moore is next in line with 11.2 ppg and is shooting a rock-solid 55.4 percent from the floor, although he missed Wednesday's game while attending to a family illness back at home. JMU also managed to get by despite sharpshooter Andrey Semenov (10.0 ppg, .464 3pt) finishing with only three points on 1-of-9 shooting.
Paving the way for Georgia State is the trio of R.J. Hunter, Devonta White and Manny Atkins. Hunter paces the squad with 16.0 ppg to go along with 5.8 rpg. White is next in line with 14.4 ppg, followed by Atkins with 12.5 points and a team-best 6.4 rebounds per tilt. Each member of that trio has knocked down at least 20 3-pointers on the season (combined 36.4 percent), and all three have been in the starting lineup for every game. Earlier this week, the Panthers were far too generous on the defensive end against Drexel, as they allowed the Dragons to shoot 53.1 percent from the floor and hit 10-of-21 threes. Hunter scored a team-high 23 points in the loss, although the rest of the starters combined to shoot just 8-of-26 (.308).
During their current skid, the Panthers have really struggled to maintain any kind of consistency from night to night. Assuming Moore is back in the lineup for JMU and Semenov finds his outside touch, the Panthers could be looking at a sixth straight loss here.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: James Madison 79, Georgia State 73
01/05 10:35:08 ET