Monmouth (1-2) at Georgia State (0-2)
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DATE & TIME: Monday, November 19, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: GSU Sports Arena (4,500) -- Atlanta, Georgia.
Television: None. Home Record: Monmouth 1-0, GSU 0-0. Away Record: Monmouth
0-2, GSU 0-2. Neutral Record: Monmouth 0-0, GSU 0-0. Conference Record:
Monmouth 0-0, GSU 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Georgia State Panthers play host to the Coaches vs. Cancer
Classic this week, with their first opponent being the Monmouth Hawks on
The round-robin style tournament will take place over the next three days,
with South Alabama and Tennessee State also joining the action. Each team will
play each other once.
Monmouth's season got off to a strong start with a convincing home win over
Hofstra, 91-62, but since then it has dropped consecutive games at nationally-
ranked Duke (84-57) and Rider (65-62). The Hawks will play just three more
home games from now until Jan. 5, 2013 as they play out their non-conference
Nobody can fault Georgia State for not scheduling quality opponents in the
early going. In what is bound to be their two most difficult games of the
regular season, the Panthers went on the road and lost to both No. 8 Duke
(74-55) and BYU (80-62). They'll enjoy the friendly confines of GSU Sports
Arena over the next five games.
Monmouth trailed Rider by 15 points at the half the last time out and battled
back to tie the game at 62-62 with just over a minute to play. But the Broncs
scored the final three points of the game as Monmouth's comeback attempt was
thwarted. It was a terrible shooting night for the Hawks, who connected on
just 32.9 percent of their field goal attempts, including a woeful 17.4
percent from three-point range (4-of-23). One of the lone bright spots for the
squad in the loss was Dion Nesmith, who scored 15 points while also adding
four assists, three steals, and a block. Jesse Steele was the only other
player to tally double digits with 10 points, but he did so on a terrible
night from the field (4-of-20). Andrew Nicholas (eight points, 3-of-17) also
didn't give up shooting the ball despite being ice cold. Even with his poor
performance, Nicholas remains the team's leading scorer with 15.0 ppg.
Harsh judgement on Georgia State's early season numbers (.362 FG percentage,
58.5 ppg) needs to be saved for the time being considering the quality of its
opponents. The team's shooting effort against BYU was especially poor from
three-point range, where the Panthers connected on just 3-of-22 attempts.
Manny Atkins was able to rise above the team's struggles by logging 21 points
and eight rebounds, and Devonta White (14 points) and R.J. Hunter (12 points,
seven rebounds) also put forth respectable stat lines. White was the team's
leading scorer last season, and he's off to a good start this year with 16.5
ppg, although he'd like to limit his turnovers (11). Atkins, a transfer from
Virginia Tech, is playing his first season in Atlanta and has impressed with
Although it's still winless, Georgia State gained invaluable experience in its
early season road games. Monmouth has a few playmakers that can disrupt the
Panthers, but with the home crowd on their side they should prevail.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Georgia State 77, Monmouth 65
11/19 10:41:29 ET
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