The Georgia State Panthers have won three straight, including a 75-73 win over the South Alabama Jaguars in the final game of the Coaches vs. Cancer classic. After losing the first two games of their season, they rebounded to win all three of their tournament games.
Head coach Ron Hunter discussed the significance of winning those three games with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, saying:
"We won tough games. This part of the year is to teach them how to win. I can't do anything in practice to prepare them for this. This is just getting this group better. ... And we're getting a ton of experience. We've seen everything in the first two weeks of the season."
Two of the Panthers' three wins were by a margin of two points. In the win over South Alabama, Georgia State was able to hold off a late comeback by the Jaguars. The Panthers led by seven with 1:30 left to play and the defense was able to close out the game.
Switching from a matchup zone to man-to-man was crucial, something Hunter noted.
"I felt like I just did not want to give up a shot," the coach said.
The Panthers have several days off before continuing their season with a home game against the East Carolina Pirates on Monday.