Three games in three days in Capitol Classic Presented by Legacy

Friday 18 Nov
Eastern Kentucky at GEORGIA STATE, 6 p.m. (ESPN+)
UNC Asheville vs. Texas A&M Commerce, 8:30 p.m

Saturday 19 Nov
Texas A&M Commerce at GEORGIA STATE, 3 p.m. (ESPN+)
Eastern Kentucky vs. UNC Asheville, 5:30 p.m

Sunday 20 Nov
Texas A&M Commerce vs. Eastern Kentucky, 1 p.m
UNC Asheville at GEORGIA STATE, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN+)

THE TIPOFF: The state of Georgia will host the three-day, four-team Capitol Classic, presented by Legacy, Friday through Sunday at the GSU Convocation Center. The Panthers play Eastern Kentucky on Friday at 6:00 p.m., Texas A&M-Commerce on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and UNC Asheville on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Georgia State clinched an 85-83 victory in overtime against state rival Mercer on Tuesday as Dwon Odom posted a career-high 21 points. The Panthers were down 71-63 with six minutes to go and rebounded from a 77-73 deficit in the final minute of regular time when Odom scored the decisive basket with a second remaining to force overtime.

The Panthers nearly completed another significant comeback in their two-point loss to Georgia Tech in front of a crowd of 4,083 at the GSU Convocation Center last week. With three minutes left, the Panthers were eight points behind, and with 26 seconds left, the Panthers equalized after Brenden Tucker’s 3-point game, but Tech made the winning basket with four seconds remaining.

LET IT ROLL: Georgia State has won 12 of its last 14 games, with its only losses coming to No. 1 Gonzaga in the first round of the 2022 NCAA tournament and a two-point loss to Georgia Tech on Nov. 12. The Panthers won the last seven competitions of the 2021-22 regular season, won three games in the Sun Belt Conference tournament, and won two of their first three games in 2022-23.

HOT takes on HUDSON: Sophomore forward Ja’Heim Hudson has gotten off to a hot start, averaging 17.3 points and 10.0 rebounds in two double-double games while shooting 69 percent from the field.

> Forty percent (12 of 30) of his rebounds are offensive and he leads the team with five blocked shots.

> In the Panthers’ two-point loss to Georgia Tech, Hudson scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to set his career best. He went 10-to-13 from the field and 4-to-5 from the free-throw line. Within five minutes of the second half, he scored 10 of GSU’s 12 points to help the Panthers build a seven-point lead.

> The second forward from Hinesville, Georgia, added 13 points and nine rebounds in Tuesday’s overtime win over Mercer.

ODOM IN THE COUPLING: Georgia State’s Dwon Odom scored 16 of his 21 points after halftime in the Panthers’ 85-83 overtime win over Mercer.

> The Panthers were 77-73 by less than a minute when Odom hit two free throws to reduce the deficit to two with 46 seconds left. He rebounded Mercer’s miss with 20 seconds left to set up his game-determining jumper with a second remaining to force overtime.

> Odom went 11-to-12 from the free-throw line, including 10-to-10 in the second half and in overtime.

GSU vs THE FIELD: Georgia State has played a total of five previous games against the three teams in the field.

> GSU leads in the series with Eastern Kentucky 2-1, including an 82-65 win in their last meeting on Nov. 23, 2016 at the Cancun Challenge. The Panthers also won 1996-97 at GSU Sports Arena, 68-59.

> Georgia State and Texas A&M-Commerce meet for the first time.

> GSU and UNC Asheville are playing for the first time in almost 30 years. The only previous encounters were back-to-back games in 1996-97 (UNC Asheville 72-73 in Atlanta) and 1997-98 (UNCA 74-64 in Asheville), both won by the Bulldogs.

NEW ERA: Freshman head coach Jonas Hayes is inheriting a Georgia State program that will walk off as the Sun Belt Conference champion at the 2022 NCAA tournament and is the most successful program at the conference and Georgia State in the past decade.

A native of Atlanta, he grew up just minutes from the Georgia State campus and played at Douglass High School and then the University of Georgia.

Hayes has spent the last four seasons at Xavier, first as an assistant coach and then as interim head coach. He was elevated on March 16, 2022 and led the Musketeers to four straight victories by defeating Florida, Vanderbilt and St. Bonaventure before beating Texas A&M 73-72 in the NIT Championship game at Madison Square Garden.

NEW EXCAVATIONS: The new home of Panther basketball is the 7,500-seat GSU Convocation Center, a stunning multi-purpose facility that is a key addition to the Georgia State campus for hosting graduations, freshman convocations, academic programs, performances and other events, and men’s events and women’s basketball games.

The Panthers earned a 76-59 win over Coastal Georgia on November 7th in their first regular season at the GSU Convocation Center. Sophomore guard Evan Johnson took the first shot and made the first basket – a 3-pointer – in the new arena.

Located on the corner of Capitol Avenue and Fulton Street in the Summerhill neighborhood, just a few hundred yards from Center Parc Stadium, the new venue replaces the 3,854-seat GSU Sports Arena, which hosted the program from 1973 through last season.


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