I pondered long and hard how I wanted to start this Men’s Basketball Gameday Nugget. As a proud alum of Georgia State, I woke up hurting this morning as I am sure everyone who is reading this blog did as well. Our men’s basketball team left their heart and soul out of the court in a devastating loss to UL Lafayette on Sunday. If anyone thinks this team does not give their all every time that they walk on the court, I think the emotion they showed after the game puts it all in perspective. As the team’s sports information director, I have never been more proud of a team that I work with and even more glad to go to bat for them whenever they need me to.
With that said, the sun came up this morning (except in Atlanta where all it does it rain it seems) and a new goal has been set. We all wanted to go to the NCAA tournament and to say that Sunday’s loss was okay would be a lie. However, our great regular season wasn’t for nothing and because of earning – yes earning – an automatic bid to the NIT, our season is still alive and there is still a lot to accomplish. We earned it because of a great season and nothing can take away from that.
Think about this, Georgia State could play five more games, including two in Madison Square Garden. Five more wins would give Georgia State the most wins in program history (30). So yes, is Sunday’s result disappointing, absolutely, but it will not define this season nor will this team allow it to define the season or what they have meant to this school.
So on Tuesday night, the Panthers will take on Clemson in a game that will air live on ESPNU at 9 p.m. ET. That means back-to-back games on the ESPN family of networks, not too bad in my mind. This team will be ready and we know our fans will be as well. For all of our loyal fans, I decided to give double the nuggets today, so without further delay:
With 217 made field goals, redshirt-junior Ryan Harrow now owns the single-season record for the most made field goals in one season. It should be of no surprise as Harrow has had 15 games scoring 20 or more this year and three games of 30 or more, including a career high 37 against UL Lafayette on Sunday.
The Panthers are shooting 77.5-percent from the free throw line, which is on page to smash the school-record of 75.4-percent set during the 1967-68 season. Before the end of the season, Georgia State could also set new school records for points, assists and blocked shots.
So let’s plan on a few more Men’s Basketball Gameday Nuggets before this great season comes to an end.