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Resurgent Georgia State a perfect 10-0 at home

ATLANTA -- Since its record 11-game winning streak, Georgia State had lost three of the past five and a little of the buzz was off Ron Hunter's first season as Panthers coach.

But those losses were all by just three points on the road and the most recent was in double overtime.

Back at the GSU Sports Arena on Monday night, the Panthers showed what their turnaround has been based on.

"This wasn't about our offense," Hunter said.

Georgia State forced 21 turnovers and blocked 11 shots in a 74-58 victory over James Madison that kept them perfect at home under Hunter.

"We wanted to share the basketball, but not with the other team," James Madison coach Matt Brady said. "You can't beat a high school team when you commit this many turnovers."

James Fields tied his career high with 21 points and added eight rebounds, four assists and three steals as the Panthers improved to 14-6 overall and 6-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Josh Micheaux added 15 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, while Eric Buckner contributed 13 points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots.

The Panthers also got nine points from Devonta White, who started his high school career at Central Gwinnett before transferring to Centennial for his final two seasons. The sophomore came into the game leading Georgia State in scoring (13.7 average), assists (3.3) and minutes per game (33.8).

James Madison (9-11, 2-7) was without primary ball-handler Devon Moore and it showed.

"Our pressure is what it is, whether the other team is missing its point guard or not," Hunter said.

Humpty Hitchens scored 15 points for James Madison, but committed 10 turnovers.

Georgia State had 14 steals, with Jihad Ali picking up five.

"They definitely forced us into some craziness," said James Madison freshman Arman Marks, who scored 10 points in his first start. "Their pressure hurt us. But we'll fight through this."

The Panthers, 4-4 in road games and 0-2 on neutral courts, play against Drexel in Philadelphia on Wednesday before returning to Atlanta to face Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday.

Georgia State has already defeated CAA powers, beating Drexel at home and VCU in Richmond. Drexel and VCU are tied for second place behind CAA-leader George Mason.