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Eagles finish sweep of Rams, 59-49

Men's basketball team improves to 4-2

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Senior Donte Gennie scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half and the Georgia Southern defense held Winston-Salem State below 50 points for the second time this season in the Eagles’ 59-49 win Saturday night at the Gaines Center.
    Junior Louis Graham scored 14 points and added eight rebounds for GSU (4-2).  Gennie and junior Dwayne Foreman had four assists each.
    The Rams (1-10) had three in double figures: Brian Fisher (12), Jamal Durham (12) and Darius Floyd (10).
    GSU led by 10 at the break and scored six of the first eight points of the second half, all by Gennie, who hit two 3-pointers and another jumper.
    The uneventful second half saw Georgia Southern lead by no fewer than 10 points.
    Up 7-4, the Eagles went on a 7-0 run, started by a 3 from Gennie and finished by a jumper from Foreman.
    Two free throws from Jimmy Tobias put GSU on top 21-12 with 8:43 remaining, but WSSU whittled the lead down to four, 21-17, at the 7:32 mark and kept the Eagles in their sights, never trailing by more than six for the next five and a half minutes.
    A lay-up by David Moore got the Rams to within 29-25 with 3:04 to play in the half, but GSU held the opposition to zero points the rest of the period.
    Senior Diogo Salazar hit two inside shots within 23 seconds of each other, and junior Matt Fields’ tip-in with one second left sent the Eagles to the locker room up 10, 35-25.
    Graham led the team with eight points at the half, despite not playing the last 6:56 due to foul trouble.
    Georgia Southern completes the two-game sweep of Winston-Salem State after defeated the Rams 70-41 a week ago in Statesboro.
    Next up for the Eagles is the Drake Regency Challenge in Des Moines, Iowa.  GSU begins play Friday against Northern Illinois.

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