Georgia State Panthers men's basketball

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Georgia State Panthers
2014–15 Georgia State Panthers men's basketball team
Georgia State Panthers athletic logo
University Georgia State University
Conference Sun Belt
Location Atlanta, Georgia
Head coach Ron Hunter (4th year)
Arena GSU Sports Arena
(Capacity: 3,854[1])
Nickname Panthers

Blue and White

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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
2001, 2015
NCAA Tournament appearances
1991, 2001, 2015
Conference tournament champions
1991, 2001, 2015
Conference regular season champions
Atlantic Sun: 2000, 2001, 2002
Sun Belt: 2014, 2015

The Georgia State Panthers men's basketball team represents Georgia State University and competes in the Sun Belt Conference of NCAA Division I. They are currently led by head coach Ron Hunter. The Panthers play at the GSU Sports Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.


The Georgia State Panthers men's basketball team is currently coached by former IUPUI coach Ron Hunter. On March 21, 2011, President Mark P. Becker and Director of Athletics Cheryl L. Levick announced Hunter as the new head men's basketball coach at Georgia State University.[2] Ron Hunter is a spokesman for Samaritans Feet, an organization that donates footwear to poverty stricken children.[3] His involvement in this organization has led him to coach a number of games at IUPUI barefooted, a tradition continued in his career at Georgia State.

Bob Reinhart[edit]

Coach Bob Reinhart coached the Georgia State Panthers men's basketball team from 1985 until 1994. In that time he managed 107 wins against 148 losses. He is the current leader at Georgia State in wins (107), tenure (9 seasons); his winning percentage (.420) places him 4th all-time. Reinhart, an Indiana native; spent his freshman college season at Kentucky Wesleyan College and then transferred to Indiana University and played basketball for Branch McCracken for two seasons at Indiana University. He was a high school teammate of All-American Roger Kaiser.[4]

Reinhart was also named the Coach of the Year by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club in 1990-91, leading the Panthers (16-15) to their first NCAA Tourney and again in 1994, when the Panthers finished 13-14; ironically, Reinhart was fired after the 1994 season and was replaced by his assistant and former player, Carter Wilson.[5]

"Lefty" Driesell era[edit]

Charles "Lefty" Driesell first began coaching the Georgia State men's basketball team beginning at the 1997-98 season and staying for 6 years. He won 103 games and lost 59, giving a .636 win percentage. During his time coaching the Panthers, he won the 2000, 2001, and 2002 regular season conference title, the 2001 conference tournament, and proceeded to the second round of the 2001 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

Rod Barnes[edit]

Coach Rod Barnes, former Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year (2001) winner, coached the Georgia State Panthers men's basketball team from 2007 until 2011. In that time he managed 44 wins for 79 losses. At the end of the 2010-11 season, athletics director Cheryl Levick fired him with a year remaining on his contract. Current coach Ron Hunter was hired to replace him.

Ron Hunter[edit]

After the departure of Rod Barnes, 17 year coach IUPUI Ron Hunter was hired to take over the team.[6] Known for his affiliation with Samaritan's Feet, a charity that donates shoes to children, Hunter brought with his tradition of playing one game per season barefoot in an effort to raise awareness to his cause. [7] Hunter inherited a team mostly put together by his predecessor, a lineup that had only managed 12 wins the previous season[8] and finished with a 22-12 record, only the ninth winning season that the school had achieved since its inception in 1984.[9] His son, R. J. Hunter remained in Indianapolis to finish his highschool career with his mother while Hunter coached in Atlanta and was actively recruited the elder Hunter to play at Georgia State, where he committed over Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Iowa.[10] R. J. would eventually go on to become the schools leading all time scorer while breaking many other records.[11]

Coach Hunter became the third Georgia State coach to take the Panthers to the NCAA Tournament during the 2015 iteration of the event. [12] After beating Georgia Southern in the Tournament, Coach Hunter tore his achilles tendon while running to his son R. J. Hunter in celebration, garnering attention from the media before their trip to the NCAA's. [13] This attention resulted in a media firestorm after Coach Hunter fell off the rolling stool he was coaching from when his son hit the game winning three pointer to beat third seeded Baylor Bears. The Panthers would be eliminated from the tournament in the next round by Xavier.

Post season tournament results[edit]

NCAA Tournament results[edit]

Georgia State has been to the NCAA Tournament three times. Their combined record is 2–3.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result/Score
1991 16 First Round Arkansas L 117–76
2001 11 First Round
Second Round
W 50–49
L 79–60
2015 14 Second Round
Third Round
W 57–56
L 75–67

NIT results[edit]

Georgia State has been to the National Invitation Tournament twice. Their record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2002 Opening Round Tennessee Tech L 62–64
2014 First Round Clemson L 66–78

CIT results[edit]

Georgia State has appeared in one Tournament. Their record is 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2012 First Round
Second Round
Tennessee Tech
W 74–43
L 64–59

School records[edit]

Records referenced from the Georgia State University [14] [15]


  • Most wins - 29 during the 2000-01 season
  • Longest Winning Streak - 14 games during the 2013-14 regular season.
  • Most free throws made in a game - 22 of 22 on January 9th, 2014 against Western Kentucky
  • Most assists in a game - 27 on November 14th, 2015 against Tennessee Temple
  • Largest Margin of Victory - by 60 points on November 14th, 2014 against Tennessee Temple

Personal in Game[edit]

  • Most points - 49 by Chris Collier (vs. Butler) on January 2, 1991
  • Most field goals made - Tied 3 ways at 19, by Chris Collier (vs. Butler) on January 2, 1991, by Bob Pierson (vs. Georgia Southern) on December 14, 1976, and by Jackie Poag (vs. Chattanooga) on January 6, 1972
  • Most field goal attempts - 29 by Jackie Poag (vs. Chattanooga) on January 6, 1972
  • Most 3-pointers made - 12 by RJ Hunter (vs. UTSA) on December 22nd, 2013 (beating his original record of 10 (vs. Old Dominion) on February 2nd, 2013)
  • Most 3-pointers attempted - 19 by RJ Hunter (vs. UTSA) on December 22, 2013
  • Most free throws made - 18 by Ron Ricketts (vs. Southwestern Memphis) on January 20, 1971
  • Most free throws attempted - Tied 2 ways at 22, by Bo Wolfe (vs. Rollins) on December 15, 1967, and by Travis Williams (vs. Florida International) on January 14, 1993
  • Most rebounds - 28 by Ron Ricketts (vs. Baptist) on January 8, 1972
  • Most assists - 15 by Howie Jarvis (vs. South Florida) on February 29, 1979
  • Most blocks - Tied 3 ways at 9 by Sylvester Morgan (vs. Mercer) on January 23, 2005, James Vincent (vs. Monmouth) on November 20, 2012, and Curtis Washington (vs. Southern Poly) on November 9, 2013
  • Most steals - Tied 4 ways at 8, by Shernard Long (vs. Campbell) on January 4, 2000, by Dewey Haley (vs. Centenary) on February 2, 1985, by Corey Gauff (vs. SE Louisiana) on February 27, 1992, and by Chris Collier (vs. Florida International) on December 20, 1989

Personal in Season[edit]

  • Most points - 635 by Thomas Terrell during the 2001-02 season
  • Most points by a freshman - 527 by RJ Hunter during the 2012-13 season [16]
  • Most field goals made - 214 by Thomas Terrell during the 2001-02 season
  • Most field goal attempts - 475 by Thomas Terrell during the 2001-02 season
  • Most 3-pointers made - 94 by Thomas Terrell during the 2001-02 season
  • Most free throws made - 203 by Phillip Luckydo during the 1990-91 season
  • Most rebounds - 328 by Chris Collier during the 1990-91 season
  • Most assists - 222 by Eric Ervin during the 1982-83 season
  • Most blocks - 117 by Eric Buckner during the 2011-12 season
  • Most steals - 84 by Kevin Morris during the 2000-01 season
  • Most consecutive free throws made - 38 by RJ Hunter during the 2013-14 season

Personal in Career (at GSU)[edit]

  • Total career points - RJ Hunter at 1,819.
  • Total 3-point attempts - RJ Hunter at 683.
  • Total free throws made - RJ Hunter at 448.


  1. ^ "2014-15 Panther Men's Basketball". Georgia State University Athletics. p. 1. Retrieved January 11, 2015. Arena: GSU Sports Arena (3,854) 
  2. ^ Holmes, Mike. "Georgia State Names Ron Hunter Head Men’s Basketball Coach". Georgia State Sports. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Hunter, Ron. "Who is Samaritan's Feet?". Board of Advisors. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
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  6. ^ Katz, Andy. "Georgia St. hires Ron Hunter as coach". ESPN. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Falodun, Titus. "Coach Ron Hunter Follows in Humbling Footsteps...Barefoot". The Atlanta Voice. The Atlanta Voice. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Men's Basketball 2012-11 Schedule". Georgia State University. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Georgia State 2014-15 Media Guide". Issuu. Georgia State Sports. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Neddenriep, Kyle. "Pike junior guard R.J. Hunter commits to Georgia State". WUSA-9. Gannett. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  11. ^ Roberson, Doug. "R.J. Hunter makes history and Georgia State wins". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Cox Communications. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  12. ^ Estwick, Gary (15 March 2015). "Georgia State wins Sun Belt, first NCAA berth since 2001". Cox Communications. Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  13. ^ Brennon, Christopher (19 March 2015). "Floored: Georgia State basketball coach who tore his Achilles tendon falls out of his chair when son stuns Baylor with game-winning NCAA tournament three-pointer". Daily Mail. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Georgia State Basketball 2014-15 Media Guide". Issuu. Georgia State University. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "Georgia State". Georgia State University. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  16. ^ Roberson, Doug. "GSU falls to Northeastern". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • [1] Official Home of Georgia State Athletics
  • [2] – Georgia State Sports/Atlanta Journal-Constitution Coverage