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Men's Basketball Wraps Up Road Trip at Georgia State
Updated: Tuesday 01/15/2013 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary men's basketball team wraps up its three-game road trip at Georgia State on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. at the GSU Sports Arena. If history is any indication, the contest will be a tight one as six of the last eight meetings between the Tribe and Panthers were decided by four fewer points.

Tribe fans can follow the action on the Tribe Radio Network with Jay Colley and Charlie Woollum on the call. The Tide 92.3 FM in Williamsburg is the flagship station of the Tribe Radio Network and the broadcast can be heard at TribeAthletics.com as well. GeorgiaStateSports.com will offer a live video stream of the contest for purchase. Tribe fans that have already purchased Tribe Athletics TV will have access to the stream under their current package at no addition charge.

  Game Day Information  -  Game 16 at Georgia State
When:     Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 7 PM
 Where:    Atlanta, Ga.  |  Campus Map  |  Visiting Georgia State  |  Georgia State and Atlanta
Venue:    GSU Sports Arena   |  Seating Chart  |  Directions and Parking
Broadcast:    Watch Online  |  Listen Online  | Live Stats
Tickets:    GeorgiaStateSports.com  |  Buy Tickets Online
Game Notes:  William and Mary  |  Georgia State  |  CAA
Season Stats:  William and Mary  |  Georgia State  |  CAA
Highlights: 
Tribe at Hofstra (Jan. 12)  |  Tribe at Towson (Jan. 9)
News:  

Towson Rallies over Tribe
Jan. 9, Virginia Gazette


George Mason Pulls Away From W&M Late
Jan. 5, DailyPress

Tribe Falls to George Mason in CAA Match-up
Jan. 5, Virginia Gazette

Tribe Falls to George Mason in Final Minutes
Jan. 5, The Flat Hat

Blogs:  
CAA Hoops Scoop  |  CAAHoops.com

News and Notes

- W&M leads the all-time series with Georgia State at 7-5, including a 3-2 Green and Gold advantage in Atlanta. Six of the last eight meetings between the Tribe and Panthers have been decided by four or fewer points. 

- As of Jan. 14, the Tribe leads the CAA in field goal percentage (.457), defensive 3-point percentage (.266), 3-pointers made per game (6.5), assists (14.0) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0).

- According to the NCAA stats (as of Jan. 13), W&M ranks fifth nationally in defensive 3-point percentage, 73rd  in field goal percentage and 102nd in assists per game. 

- W&M turned the ball over a season-low six times at Hofstra on Jan. 12 and finished with 14 assists compared to 19 made field goals. The Tribe ranks 70th nationally, according to KenPom.com, in assist percentage, dishing out assists on 58.4 percent of its made field goals.

- Over the last three games, sophomore Marcus Thornton and junior Brandon Britt have been scoring at a high level, averaging  20 and 18.7 points per game, respectively.

Scouting Georgia State
Georgia State enters the tilt with the Tribe at 6-11 overall and 1-3 in CAA play. The Panthers won five of its first nine games of the season, before dropping seven of their last eight contests. After falling their CAA opener to Drexel in Atlanta, GSU downed James Madison, 68-52, at home. The Panthers have dropped their last two CAA games, falling at Hofstra, 52-50, and dropping an 86-83 decision on a Delaware 3-pointer with less than a second remaining. When W&M travels to Atlanta, GSU will host its second annual "Barefoot for Bare Feet Game" in support of Samaritan's Feet.

The Panthers average 64.4 points per game, while shooting 42.5 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from 3-point range and 68.3 percent from the free throw line. GSU's field goal percentage ranks fifth in the CAA, while it is also fifth in scoring defense, allowing 66.5 points per game. Georgia State ranks third in the CAA and 78th nationally in blocked shots per game. The Panthers turn the ball over just 12.4 times per game, which ranks 75th nationally, and GSU is fourth in the CAA in turnover margin (+1.24). Georgia State also ranks third in the CAA in 3-pointers made per game at six per contest.

Like the Tribe, Georgia State sports three of the top 15 scorers in the CAA. Freshman R.J. Hunter leads the way at 15.9 points per game, which ranks seventh in the CAA. He ranks among the top 12 in the CAA in a number of statistical categories, including hitting 2.1 3-pointers per game, which is fourth in the league. Juniors Devonta White and Manny Atkins, who is a transfer from Virginia Tech, rank 12th and 15th in the CAA, respectively, at 14.2 and 12.9 points per game. White leads the CAA in steals per game (1.9) and minutes played (36.6), while leading the Panthers and ranking fourth in the league in assists per game (3.2). His steal average also ranks 76th nationally. Atkins ranks among the top 15 in the CAA in eight categories, including second in the CAA in 3-point percentage at 40.6 percent. Senior center James Vincent leads the CAA and ranks 25th nationally in blocked shots per game at 2.5.

W&M leads the all-time series with the Panthers at 7-5, including a 3-2 advantage in Atlanta. Last season, though, Georgia State won both meetings, including the regular season finale, 64-60, in Williamsburg. When the Tribe and Panthers have met, it has generally been a close contest as six of the last eight meetings have been decided by four or fewer points.

Britt Heating Up
After one of his worst collegiate performances at Vanderbilt, junior guard Brandon Britt has really stepped up his play over the last three games. The Commodores held Britt scoreless on three shots for the first time his the second game of his freshman season.  Since, the Chesapeake, Va., native is averaging 18.7 points, three assists and 2.3 steals per game. After rebounding with 18 points against George Mason, Britt scored 17 points in the Tribe's double overtime loss at Towson, before leading the Green and Gold with 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field on Jan. 12. He also turned in a pair of nice floor games with three assists compared to zero turnovers against Mason, while dishing out four assists compared to one turnover against the Pride. In the game at Hofsra, Britt scored his 800th career point.

Thieves of the Night
Over the last two games, the Tribe has been a dangerous team in creating turnovers with steals on the defensive end. W&M produced a season-high 10 steals at Hofstra after having nine swipes in its double-overtime loss at Towson. In fact, the Tribe is averaging eight steals per game in CAA play, which ranks third in the league. Junior Brandon Britt has been the catalyst in the steals department all season, averaging 1.4 steals per game, which ranks 11th in the CAA. Over the last three games, he has been even better at 2.3 steals per game. Over the last two contests, sophomore Marcus Thornton is averaging 3.5 steals per game, including a career-high four at Towson.

Thornton at the Free Throw Line
Sophomore guard Marcus Thornton has been the Tribe's top free throw shooter this season. On the year, he is connecting on 80.3 percent (53-of-66) from the charity strip, which ranks fourth in the CAA and 158th nationally, as of Jan. 13. He is 24 of his last 27 from the free throw line, which is 88.9 percent, over the last four games. Thornton is the Tribe's best clutch free throw shooter as well. In the final five minutes and overtime of games this season, he is shooting 92 percent (23-of-25) from the free throw line.

Gaillard Shooting
Junior forward Kyle Gaillard has been extremely effective from the field in 2012-13. The Huntersville, N.C., native ranks third nationally according to KenPom.com, as of Jan. 14, in effective field goal percentage at 71.3 percent. He is also fourth nationally in true shooting percentage at 71.1 percent. Effective field goal percentage is the same as field goal percentage but gives teams more credit for 3-pointers made, while true shooting percentage includes field goal and free throw percentage. For the year, Gaillard leads the Tribe at 62.2 percent from the field. He has been even better over the last 10 games, shooting 69 percent (40-of-58) from the floor.  On two occasions this season, Gaillard was perfect from the field. He was 6-of-6 in the Tribe's 82-49 win over Salisbury on Dec. 21. Earlier this season, he tied a school record, going a perfect 7-of-7 from the field in the Tribe's double-overtime game with Richmond on Nov. 28. He became just the ninth player in school history to shoot a perfect 100 percent from the field with at least seven attempts.

Thornton Shooting the 3
Sophomore guard Marcus Thornton is shooting the ball exceptionally well from 3-point range. He currently leads the CAA at 2.7 3-pointers per game, a number that also ranks second in W&M history behind only the three 3-pointers that Schneider averaged per game in 2010. He has been even better in CAA contests, hitting four 3-pointers per game. His 38.1 percent from 3-point range ranks third in the CAA. Thornton ranks 52nd nationally in 3-pointers made per game and 62nd in 3-point field goal percentage, as of Jan. 13.

Tribe Excels in the Classroom
Along with its work on the court, the men's hoops program continues to demonstrate why Tribe Athletics personifies the term student-athlete with its efforts in the classroom. The team enjoyed another exceptional semester, amassing a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 at the 'Public Ivy' institution for the 2012 fall semester. In total, 10 Tribe players finished with GPA's of 3.0 or better for the fall semester, including seven with averages of 3.5 or better. Last academic year in 2011-12, W&M produced a team GPA of better than 3.1. W&M also placed a league-high seven players on the CAA All-Academic Team in 2012. Under head coach Tony Shaver, the Tribe produced 25 CAA All-Academic team honorees, the most in the CAA since 2004. No other team had more than two CAA All-Academic team honorees in 2012, and W&M put three of its five starters on the top two All-Academic teams for the second time in three years. W&M was ranked fourth on America's Top Public Colleges list according to Forbes in 2012 and the sixth-best public university in the country according to U. S. News and World Report in 2013.

Three-Headed Scoring Monster
The Tribe's top three returning scorers, sophomore Marcus Thornton and juniors Brandon Britt and Tim Rusthoven, have upped their production in the early going of the 2012-13 campaign. The trio is averaging a combined 46.5 of the W&M's 69 points per game (67.4 percent). On the year, all three rank among the top 15 in the CAA with Thornton leading the way in second at 18.3 points per game. Britt and Rusthoven rank 11th and 14th, respectively, averaging 14.5 and 13.7 points per game. On 11 occasions one of the trio has scored 20-plus points in a game. Thornton scored 20-plus points on six occasions this season, including a season-high 24 against both Hampton and Towson. Britt scored 20-plus points on three occasions, including a career-high 26 against Howard, while Rusthoven tallied two 20-point performances with a career-high 23 at High Point.











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