College Hoops Player of the Day for Sunday, December 22, 2013
Georgia State got its first win on the road and evened its record at 6-6 as sophomore guard, R.J. Hunter bombed away from deep, burying 12 three-pointers en route to a mammoth, 99-68 victory over UTSA (3-8).
Hunter made 12 of 19 from outside the arc and was 14-for-21 overall for a career-high 41 points. His first points of the game, three consecutive treys in 51 seconds early in the first half, set the tone for the game, increasing the Panthers' lead from 9-7 to 18-7, and the rout was on. Hunter also scored a three-pointer with two seconds left in the first half, giving him 20 and the Panthers an unassailable 46-28 lead.
Early in the second half, Hunter again scored three straight from long distance. In a span of 1:08, he upped Georgia State's advantage to 67-36. Hunter took just two shots inside the three-point line and made them both. He went to the foul line once, making his only free throw on the night, adding three rebounds, three blocks and a steal for an impressive, 34-minute performance.
The win was Georgia State's third straight following a December 7 loss at Southern Miss. The Panthers travel to East Carolina on December 29 to complete their non-conference schedule, then open Sun Belt play on January 2nd when they host Troy.