Heatwave cuts short Georgia State’s basketball tour of Spain

Georgia State Panthers guard Devin Mitchell.
Georgia State Panthers guard Devin Mitchell.

Credit: Michael Wade

Credit: Michael Wade

The Georgia State men’s basketball team ended its three-game tour of Spain Sunday with a 106-95 win over the Mataro All Stars in Barcelona.

Six Panthers finished in double figures as senior Devin Mitchell scored 31 points, including seven 3-pointers. Senior Malik Benlevi added 16 points and senior Jeff Thomas scored 15.

Temperatures in the non-air conditioned gym rose above 90 degrees.

“We played a lot of guys and used those tough conditions to hopefully make us better long term,” head coach Ron Hunter said in a statement. “I thought our seniors played well which is exactly what I want to see out of them.”

After allowing Mataro All Stars to race to a 22-22 tie in the first quarter, Georgia State rallied to a 54-47 halftime lead. Georgia State maintained a 26-point lead through the final two quarters.

The Mataro All Stars finished with four players in double figures.

The third game in the nine-day, three-game trip through Spain has been called off as Europe’s oppressive heatwave will make gym conditions Monday night in Barcelona intolerable.

Georgia State fell to the Madrid All-Stars, 82-77, Friday night.

Georgia State players will make multiple tours and excursions before flying back to Atlanta Wednesday.

During the trip, Hunter and Georgia State players took part in shoe distributions with Samaritan’s Feet.

Hunter has become one of the faces of the organization. This was his ninth trip abroad since he began supporting Samaritan’s Feet in 2008. Samaritan’s Feet has distributed about 10 million pairs of shoes to people in need worldwide since 2003.

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