Panthers finish with three wins at CBE Hall of Fame Classic

Georgia State men’s basketball played three more games during the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Michigan and won all three. The Panthers earned wins over Chicago State, Western Carolina, and Oakland.

Along with the three wins, junior R.J. Hunter became the sixth all time scorer in school history as he increased his career point total to 1,264.

Monday Nov. 24 vs. Chicago State (69˗46 win)

The Panthers got out to a fast start with four points from Curtis Washington. Georgia State’s advantage became 6˗0 after two successful free throws from Ryan Harrow. The Cougars would get on the board with a made free throw from Clarke Rosenberg.

Harrow continued to lead a ferocious Panthers scoring attack as they would go ahead by a score of 18˗3. Eight of the eighteen points would come from Harrow.

After a 9˗4 Panthers run, the lead became 27˗7 in a sequence that would see the Panthers force a number of Chicago State turnovers. The Cougars did not reach double˗digits for points until nearly four minutes remained in the half.

Nine of the half’s last twelve points would go to Georgia State including five more from Harrow to give the Panthers a 36˗13 lead heading into the halftime period.

The second half would commence with all points for the respective teams coming from one player. Rosenberg began the second half with four points while R.J. Hunter put in six for the Panthers.

With 12 minutes to go, the margin increased to 29 at 47˗18. With over nine minutes to go, the score was 52˗23. .

The Cougars then embarked on a 10˗1 run that would include six points from Glover to trim their deficit back down to 22 at 53˗34.

The Panthers responded with a 10˗2 run of their own that included five points from Hunter to expand the Georgia State edge to 63˗46.

Ultimately, Georgia State prevailed by a final of 69˗46 to increase their record to 2˗2 on the season.

Final Game Stats
Georgia State Chicago State
Harrow: 23 points, 8˗11 field goals Hunter: 13 points, 4˗8 field goals
Glover: 16 points, 6˗11 field goals Rosenberg: 14 points, 3˗11 field goals

Tuesday Nov. 25 vs. Western Carolina (85˗70 win)

Georgia State scored the first points of the game when Kevin Ware scored on a layup. Two points and a free throw from Western Carolina’s Torrion Brummitt would give the Catamounts a 3˗2 advantage.

After a Markus Crider two˗pointer to give the Panthers back the lead again at 4˗3, a three˗point shot from James Sinclair gave Western Carolina a 6˗4 lead. Crider then upped his point total to four to tie the game at 6 apiece.

The tie would be maintained at 8 apiece before two made free throws from T.J. Shipes and a Crider tipin gave Georgia State a four point lead at 12˗8.

The Panthers and Catamounts would exchange the next six points each with Western Carolina trimming their deficit to two on three occasions and Georgia State responding by expanding it back out to four.

After a two˗pointer from Sinclair, the Panthers answered by opening their lead to seven at 23˗16.

A 9˗0 Catamounts run gave them a 25˗23 lead prior to a Shipes tipin. Brummitt gave the Catamounts a lead again at 27˗25 before Ryan Harrow engineered a 5˗0 run to make the Panthers lead 30˗25.

The Catamounts’ Rhett Harrelson made two free throws which was followed by five straight Panthers points for a 35˗29 Georgia State edge.

Western Carolina cut their deficit to two at 37˗35 before Hunter closed out the first half with a made jumper giving Georgia State a 39˗35 advantage into halftime.

The Catamounts would start the second half fast with a 5˗0 run for a 40˗39 lead. They would maintain this lead later as the score became 43˗42.

The two teams would later be knotted up again at 48˗48 before an 8˗2 Panthers run would translate into a 56˗50 Georgia State lead.

The Catamounts would cut their deficit to two at 58˗56 and 60˗58 before eventually tying the Panthers at 64.

Georgia State would then go on a 18˗2 run as the Panthers’ lead became 16 at 82˗66. The final points of the game would be scored by Carter Cagle as his three˗pointer would up the Georgia State point total to 85. The Panthers would prevail by a final of 85˗70.

Final Game Stats
Georgia State Western Carolina
Hunter: 27 points, five rebounds Harrow: 21 points, seven assists
Harrelson: 21 points, three assists Brummitt: 15 points, eight rebounds


Wednesday Nov. 26 vs. Oakland (83˗78 win)

The Panthers started with a 6˗0 run before Oakland’s Corey Petros was credited with an assist on a dunk from Tommie McCune for the first Golden Grizzlies points.

The Panthers had an early lead of 11˗4. Petros then led Oakland back into the game as his four points anchored a 7˗2 run to trim their deficit to 13˗11.

The advantage for Georgia State would later become one at 14˗13.

After a made free throw from Ryan Harrow, Petros upped his point total to six to tie the game at 15 apiece. A 9˗0 Georgia State run then extended their lead out to 24˗15.

With just over seven minutes to play, the edge for the Panthers was 27˗19 as Hunter increased his point total to 14. Max Hooper made another three˗point shot to bring Oakland to within 29˗24.

Georgia State would maintain their five point lead with under four minutes to play as the score became 34˗29. The Panthers lead became 38˗29 before Hooper drained another three for a 38˗32 score. Hunter responded with his fifth three to make the Georgia State lead nine again at 41˗32.

A three pointer from Dante Williams cut the Georgia State lead from 43˗32 to 43˗35. After Harrow assisted on a layup from Crider, another three from Williams trimmed their deficit down to 45˗38.

A Crider layup with one second left made the score 47˗38 at halftime.

Hooper began the second half with another three to make the score 47˗41. Georgia State would expand their lead back out to eight at 49˗41 with a Harrow layup that upped his point total to 14.

The Panthers expanded their lead to 54˗43 before Oakland would nail another three pointer to close within 54˗46. Georgia State answered with one of their own when Kevin Ware upped his point total to five to make the score 57˗46.

Georgia State’s lead became 59˗46 before another Grizzlies three made it 59˗49.

Crider then increased his point output to 15 as the Panthers advantage became 12 at 61˗49.

That lead would become 61˗52 off another Hooper made three.

Georgia State maintained its nine point lead at 65˗56 as Hunter’s point total became 21 after two made free throws. A layup from Ware was followed by another made Grizzlies three pointer as Williams brought his team to within eight at 67˗59.

A trio of made free throws from Hunter expanded the Georgia State lead to 70˗59 before Petros closed the gap to nine at 70˗61. Nine of the game’s next 15 points went to Oakland as the score became 76˗70 with the Panthers leading.

Ware then came up with steals on the next two Grizzlies possessions, one of which was a turnover into points as the lead became 78˗70 before a Felder layup made it 78˗72.

Another Ware three made it 81˗72 before Felder made a layup and was fouled by Curtis Washington. Felder’s free throw was no good, but Oakland was able to get another possession that became another Felder layup for a 81˗76 score with a minute to play.

Felder was then fouled by Harrow to put him at the line. He made both of his free throws to make the score 81˗78 before a layup from Hunter made the gap five again at 83˗78.

Oakland would have one more possession which after a miss turned into a rebound by Hunter. One possession later, the Panthers would seal a 83˗78 victory.

Georgia State will take to the court on Saturday as they travel to face Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Intermission Stats
Georgia State Hunter: 29 points, 5 rebounds Crider: 17 points, 6 rebounds Harrow: 14 points, 11 rebounds (double˗double)
Oakland Hooper: 21 points, 7˗17 three˗pointers Felder: 18 points, 6 rebounds Petros: 14 points, 10 rebounds