The Georgia State basketball team has been through a lot of adversity this season.
The Panthers dealt with early-season injuries that possibly cost them some games. They went on a eight-game winning streak and then lost the next three conference games inside 50 seconds each time.
The team got back on its feet Monday with a 67-51 victory over Texas State. After all that, coach Ron Hunter decided the team needed a break after Monday’s game.
“Mentally we’ve been a mess. It’s been such a mental grind for our kids, I just told them I don’t want to see them until Thursday,” Hunter said. “Mentally it’s been a grind. You’re trying to fight for a championship. The way you lose; the way we lost, the kids are trying.”
“We are going to take some time away from basketball for about 48 hours. We’ll get ourselves ready on Thursday, but right now we need a mental break.”
Despite such a roller-coaster season so far, the Panthers are 17-10 and are third in the Sun Belt Conference. With three games left, the Panthers must finish strong to stay within the top four in standings to get a first-round bye in the conference tournament.
When asked about what he thinks it’ll take to finish, Hunter gave three keys to finish strong.
“Don’t turn the ball over,” Hunter said. “Our offense has been…