"This was a gritty win for us tonight," Panthers coach Ron Hunter said. "Our defense kept us in the game in a tough environment to play. Our defensive effort is going to be what wins us a lot of games this year."
"Simonds is one of the best players in the country that you have not heard of. Not yet, but everybody will," Georgia State coach Ron Hunter said. "Our men played hard but foul trouble hurt us late. We're proud but we don't count moral victories."