Previewing @Towson_MBB vs. Georgia State
Courtesy: Mat Schlissel,  
Release: 01/21/2013
Towson (10-9, 5-1 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)) looks for its second-straight home win and third-straight overall victory when the Tigers take on Georgia State (8-11, 3-3 CAA) at the Towson Center at 7 p.m. on Monday.

Georgia State, who is 2-6 on the road, is making its last trip to Towson as a member of the CAA. Next season, the Panthers move to the Sun Belt Conference. They lead the series 8-6 and faced the Tigers just once last year. They defeated the Tigers, 57-42, in Atlanta on Jan. 14, 2012.

The Panthers had some tough non-conference games already this season, falling at Duke 74-55 and at BYU, 80-62. They also had solid wins over Monmouth (62-49), Tennessee State (59-57) and South Alabama (75-73). During conference play, GSU fell at home to Drexel, 77-60, to open up conference play on Jan. 2. Georgia State followed that with a win over James Madison, 68-52 at home.

GUS lost its first road conference game of the season to Hofstra on Jan. 7 (52-50) and then lost to Delaware on Jan. 21 at home. But since then, Georgia State has won two straight, defeating William & Mary at home, 74-58, and trouncing Old Dominion on the road, 69-54, this past Saturday.

The Panthers win with a solid defense that can force turnovers with pressure, and the players can make 3-pointers if left alone. Georgia State shoots 42 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. The Panthers have gotten out-rebounded by a margin of 2.1.

They turn the ball over 12.4 per game and force 13.8 turnovers per game. GSU allows teams to shoot 43 percent and 35 percent from 3-point range. The Panthers also average 7.2 steals per game and 4.6 blocks per game.

Georgia State plays a four-guard lineup led by the favorite to win the Rookie of the Year in the CAA - R.J. Hunter (6-5, 175). The son of head coach Ron Hunter is having quite a college basketball debut, averaging 15.6 ppg and 5.8 rpg. He's also just one of six freshmen nationwide who averages at least 15 ppg and 5.0 rpg. Hunter shoots 43 percent from the floor, 34 percent (37-110) from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the line.

At the point, junior Devonta White (5-10, 170) is second in the CAA in minutes (36.4 mpg) and fourth in assists with 3.4 apg. He's also a dangerous scorer who averages 14.1 ppg while shooting 42 percent from the floor and 30 percent (24-80) from deep.

At the wing, junior Manny Atkins (6-6, 205) leads the CAA in 3-point shooting at 42.3 percent (33-78). He's third on the team in scoring at 13.8 ppg, shooting 42 percent from the floor and 82 percent from the line. He also leads the team in rebounding at 6.2 per game.

Junior guard Rashaad Richardson (6-4, 185) adds 7.5 ppg and shoots 46 percent from the field. He is capable of big performances, having scored in double digits against Delaware and William & Mary. Richardson also led the Panthers over Tennessee State, 59-57, with a 45-foot, half-court, game-winning buzzer-beater.

At center is senior James Vincent (6-10, 260), who grabbed 21 rebounds against Old Dominion. Vincent doesn't put up gaudy numbers, but he does lead the team with 48 blocks (second in the CAA) while averaging 4.1 ppg and 4.8 rpg.

The top Panther off the bench is redshirt sophomore Cameron Solomon (6-3, 170), who averages 5.4 ppg. When Vincent comes out of the game, the Panthers go small with junior Denny Burguillos (6-7, 230). Freshman Marcus Crider (6-6, 205), adds 2.8 ppg and 2.7 rpg and is sixth in minutes this year 14.2 mpg.

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