The Georgia State Panthers Cinderella dreams ended last Saturday when the Panthers lost to the Xavier Musketeers in the NCAA tournament’s round of 32 in Jacksonville, Fla., 75-67.
The Panthers are still basking in the glory of their opening round victory though and were recently fêted on the floor of the Georgia state senate in Atlanta:
Coach Ron Hunter, still on his now famous scooter, and the team were guests of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle at the capitol on Thursday.
The Panthers picked up just their second NCAA tournament win in school history a week ago when the 14-seeded team knocked off third-seed Baylor.
The school’s only other tournament win came in 2001 under Hall of Fame coach Lefty Driesell. The Panthers upset Wisconsin in the first round before falling to Maryland in the round of 32.
It was Hunter’s first win in the tournament as a coach, clinched with a late three-pointer by his son, R.J. Hunter.
- Phil Watson