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Eagles play at Chattanooga tonight

    The Eagles head back out to familiar territory to begin a run of five out of six road games starting with Chattanooga tonight.
    GSU (9-6, 2-2) has won three in a row after an 83-78 victory Monday night over Wofford to even its SoCon record at 2-2, rebounding from an 0-2 start.  Georgia Southern is in the midst of a difficult stretch that sees them play five games in nine days.
    The Mocs (7-10, 0-5) are searching for their first conference win of the season and enter tonight’s tilt on a four-game losing streak.  Three of those four losses came at home.
    GSU head coach Jeff Price said conference games are always tough, regardless of the opponent’s record.
    “When you get into conference play, records are meaningless. I think we’ve learned that over the years,” he said. “In league play, anybody is capable of beating anybody. It really doesn’t matter what their record is, we understand how well you have to play and how good the league is and it’s especially tough to win on the road.”
    Keying the win Monday was senior Donte Gennie, who recorded a career-high 28 points one game after becoming the 17th member of Georgia Southern’s 1,000 point club.  Gennie shot 10-for-14 from the floor and 5-for-5 from the free throw line.  He tied his career best with 10:21 to play in the game, but did not score again until there were 32 seconds left.
    Over his last six games, Gennie is averaging 20.3 points with two 20-point performances.
    Twenty-nine of the team’s points came from the charity stripe, the most by far for the team this season.  Only once prior have the Eagles made more than 15 — Dec. 16 at Appalachian State.
    GSU opponents have had little trouble hitting from downtown of late, averaging eight 3-pointers in the last four games. 
    Unfortunately for the Eagles, Chattanooga is third in the conference in triples per game at 8.47 and boast the league’s top 3-point shooter in Keddric Mays, who averages 3.94 per contest. 
    “Hopefully we won’t be too tired from having two tough games against Furman and Wofford,” said Price.    
    Despite the recent defensive slump, GSU still ranks third in the league in 3-point field goal defense (.328).
    The glass has belonged to Georgia Southern the last two games thanks to a plus-16.5 rebounding margin.      
    The Eagles held Furman to just 19 rebounds on Saturday and won the battle on their offensive end 13-9. 
    GSU grabbed 47 boards to Wofford’s 28 and dominated on defense 32-5.

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