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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 2, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: GSU Sports Arena (4,500) -- Atlanta, Georgia. Television: None. Home Record: Drexel 1-3, GSU 4-3. Away Record: Drexel 2-3, GSU 1-5. Neutral Record: Drexel 1-2, GSU 0-0. Conference Record: Drexel 0-0, GSU 0-0. Series Record: Drexel leads, 10-3.
GAME NOTES: The Georgia State Panthers kick off their final season of Colonial Athletic Association play on Wednesday night, as they entertain the Drexel Dragons at the GSU SPorts Arena in Atlanta.
Georgia State, which plans on moving to the Sun Belt Conference, is currently in the midst of a four-game losing streak and is three games under .500 overall as a result. The team last took the floor on Saturday when it bowed to Georgia Southern in overtime, 68-64.
As for the Dragons, they were just in action on Monday, closing out the 2012 calendar year with a 63-49 setback versus Saint Joseph's at home. The loss was the second in the last three outings for the program.
As far as the all-time series between these two teams is concerned, the Dragons are ahead by a count of 10-3, thanks in part to a 68-46 blowout win in the most recent meeting last season in Philadelphia.
Damion Lee scored a game-high 21 points, shooting 9-of-20 from the floor, on New Year's Eve, but without much offensive support from his teammates the Dragons were destined for the double-digit home loss against the Hawks. Daryl McCoy added seven points and a game-high 12 rebounds before fouling out, but the squad ended up shooting just 37.3 percent from the floor and 3-of-15 beyond the arc, not to mention being outscored at the free-throw line by a 15-2 margin as well. With the loss of Chris Fouch to an injury early in the campaign, Lee is now the primary offensive threat for Drexel with his 18.8 ppg, which also makes him one of the top scorers in the CAA at the moment. Unfortunately, the team overall is generating just 63.6 ppg, which doesn't quite cut it when the competition is coming up with 66.8 ppg.
Georgia State led by as many as 17 points in the first half of its meeting with Georgia Southern, opening the contest on a 17-0 run, yet somehow the squad found a way to still land in the loss column at Hanner Fieldhouse in Statesboro. Except for Rashaad Richardson who finished with five points, every starter scored in double figures for the Panthers, led by Devonta White and R.J. Richardson with 14 points apiece, but between the pair they also turned the ball over 13 times. James Vincent and Manny Atkins accounted for 11 points each and a collective 17 rebounds as the squad finished with 24 made baskets, but also 23 turnovers. Hunter currently leads the program in scoring with 15.5 ppg, but not far behind is White with his 14.6 ppg. Atkins checks in with another 13.0 ppg and is the top man on the glass with 6.6 rpg as the trio combines for all but nine of the unit's 76 3-point baskets.
Without Fouch the Dragons are at a serious disadvantage against most opponents. However, there is a chance the visitors could make this meeting a bit more challenging for the Panthers and could possibly pull off the win if all goes right.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Drexel 62, Georgia State 59
01/02 10:32:08 ET
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