by Ben Ennis
GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman – The Georgia State Panthers last played the Georgia Bulldogs in December 2005 with Georgia taking the win. After both teams lost badly in their second round of tournament action at this year’s Cayman Classic, they met for a third place match. In the first half the Panthers made eight 3-pointers and went on to take a 91 to 67 win.
Georgia State Head Basketball Coach said, “Now I can smile. This is a good program win. We talked about being the best team in the State of Georgia. We’ve now beaten Georgia Tech last year, just beat Georgia, beat Kennesaw State in a scrimmage this year, and Mercer.” “Defensively, we were really good, said Hunter.” “I am proud of my kids.”
By game’s end, Georgia State closely matched the much taller Georgia with points in the paint 34 to 36 and second chance points 9 to 11. Where the Panthers defensive effort paid off was scoring 20 points as opposed to 9 for Georgia off of turnovers. Offensively, the Panthers had five players that scored in double figures with Malik Benlevi scoring 24 points, going 8-of-11from 3-point range to lead the way. Georgia State (4-2) shot 55.7 percent from the floor and 56.0 percent from 3-point range to earn the Panthers largest-margin of victory ever over a Power 5 school.
Photos: Ben Ennis