The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 20, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: GSU Sports Arena (4,500) -- Atlanta, Georgia. Television: None. Home Record: Tennessee State 0-0, Georgia State 1-0. Away Record: Tennessee State 0-3, Georgia State 0-2. Neutral Record: Tennessee State 1-0, Georgia State 0-0. Conference Record: Tennessee State 0-0, Georgia State 0-0. Series Record: Georgia State leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The Tennessee State Tigers will get a shot at the host Georgia State Panthers as part of the Coaches vs. Cancers Classic at GSU Sports Arena on Tuesday.
In its first of three games in as many days, Tennessee State took down South Alabama, 68-57 on Monday night. It was the first victory of the season for the Tigers, who took road losses at BYU (81-66), South Dakota State (78-71) and Minnesota (72-43) to open the season. Tennessee State will take on Monmouth on Wednesday in its final game of the three-day event.
After taking losses in its first two games of the season, Georgia State finally got in the win column in the first day of the Classic with a 62-49 triumph over Monmouth. The Panthers' first two games were no picnic with losses on the road to Duke (74-55) and BYU (80-62). In the final day of this three-day event, Georgia State will play South Alabama.
Georgia State won the only other meeting between these schools with a 107-71 rout during the 2002-03 season.
The Tigers opened with a 13-2 run against South Alabama and never looked back on Monday. Tennessee State shot just 41.0 percent in the game but held the Jaguars to 36.7 percent shooting while also dominating on the boards where it held a 46-31 edge. All those rebounds really helped as the Tigers had 17 second chance points in the win. Patrick Miller was the high scorer for the Tigers with 14 points while also handing out eight assists.
Three different players are scoring in double figures for the Tigers led by Robert Covington. The senior forward has put up 12.3 points per game and also gives the Tigers great efforts on the glass (7.3 rpg). Teaming with Covington on the frontline is Kellen Thornton (12.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg) who almost mirrored Covington's production in scoring and rebounding. Patrick Miller (10.5 ppg) is the third scorer in double figures while the guard has been very good in getting his teammates involved with a team-high 29 assists. After those three no other player on the roster scores more than 7.5 points per game.
As for Georgia State, it got a tremendous effort on defense from James Vincent in the win over Monmouth. The 6-foot-10 center swatted nine shots in the contest which tied a school record. Devonta White was the lead scorer in the contest with 16 points as the Panthers shot 51.2 percent from the floor and forced 19 turnovers.
The Panthers also rely on a trio of double-figure scorers. White leads the way (15.3 ppg) and is also the team's top 3-point shooter with a team-high five triples. White constantly has the ball in his hand and needs to improve on ball security as he has committed 15 turnovers. R.J. Hunter (13.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg) is the second option on offense and the team's best rebounder on the season thus far. Manny Atkins (10.0 ppg) round out the list of double digit scorers. While the White, hunter and Atkins have been consistent in scoring they all need improvement in efficient as none shoots better than 40 percent from the floor. As a team, Georgia State has not been particularly productive, averaging only 59.7 points per game.
With its home crowd behind it Georgia State looked much improved against Monmouth. However, the Panthers have yet to prove that they can score effectively enough to put up wins on a consistent basis.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Tennessee State 67, Georgia State 63
11/20 10:38:36 ET