INDIANAPOLIS – Georgia State coach Ron Hunter made a successful return to his former school with the help of his son, R.J. Hunter, who scored 27 points in a 66-63 victory over IUPUI on Saturday.
Ron Hunter won 275 games in 17 seasons at IUPUI before going to Georgia State in March 2011.
R.J. Hunter hit his only 3-pointer with 45 seconds remaining to give the Panthers (5-2) the lead at 62-60. Teammate Ryann Green added a pair of 3-pointers before P.J. Boutte hit a 3 for IUPUI. Hunter made two more free throws with 10 seconds left for the final score.
Hunter struggled from beyond the arc, missing six long-distance shots, but was 7 of 11 otherwise and 10 of 11 from the free-throw line. Ryan Harrow added 21 points.
Marcellus Barksdale led the Jaguars (2-4) with 22 points. Boutte added 12 and DavRon Williams had 10.