Basketball: men stay alive, women likely out conference tournament

Senior Morgan Jackson drives during a team practice. Photo By | The Signal
Senior player, Morgan Jackson, spurts down the court during a team practice.
Photo By | The Signal

The women’s basketball team fell to Appalachian State, 72-69. Freshman guard Madison Newby led the team with 18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Junior forward Haley Gerrin contributed 16 points and 4 blocks in the effort as well.  Mountaineers junior guard and Duluth, Georgia native Joi Jones scored a game leading 28 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. On Senior Day, seniors Morgan Jackson and Ashlee Cole logged in 14 and 15 minutes, respectively.

“We can look back at the 25 turnovers and the extremely costly ones in the final minute and see why we lost today,” head coach Sherwin Baldwin-Tener said after the loss, according to Georgia State Sports Communications.

The Panthers were a game behind the Mountaineers for the last spot in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament and a win would’ve propelled the team into the bracket, owning the tie breaker over Appalachian State. The women of Georgia State will finish their basketball next weekend at UL Monroe.

Markus Crider shoots a free throw in the GSU Sports Arena. Photo by Dayne Francis | The Signal
Markus Crider shoots a free throw in the GSU Sports Arena.
Photo by Dayne Francis | The Signal

After the women’s game, the men’s basketball team honored their four seniors: guard Kevin Ware and forwards Jalen Brown, Markus Crider and T.J. Shipes. The Panthers returned to the team that started the season with a 11-3 record, as Georgia State ran away with a 83-70 victory over the men at Appalachian State. Redshirt-sophomore guard Isaiah Williams had another solid performance with 14 points and 6 assists. Ware chipped in 14 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds as junior forward Jeremy Hollowell led all Panthers with 18 points. The win marks the 80th career win for Crider and Shipes, the fourth-most in school history.

“That was my first recruiting class with Markus, T.J. and R.J., and we asked those guys to take a leap of faith. Tonight was the 80th time those guys won and that is a special number. To win 80 games in four years is a tremendous honor,” head coach Ron Hunter said after the win, according to Georgia State Communications.

The men protected their status as a conference tournament team with the win and will wrap their regular season up at UL Monroe next Saturday as well.



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