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Eagles go for second straight

GSU hopes for revenge against UNCG

    Having successfully ended their four-game losing streak with a 68-67 win at Elon, the Eagles turn around and take on one of the hottest teams in the Southern Conference, UNC Greensboro.
    Georgia Southern (10-10, 3-6 SoCon) narrowly held on Saturday in edging Elon, GSU’s first true road win since defeating Winston-Salem State on Dec. 2, a span of six games.
    “I felt like if we found a way to win a close game it might jumpstart us a little bit and get us going,” said head coach Jeff Price.  “We’ll find out today whether or not that’s true.  I certainly felt like it was good for our confidence to win a close game on the road.  We’ve lost several close ones so it was good to win a close one.”
    UNCG (11-9, 8-2 SoCon) is tied at the top of the SoCon North standings with Appalachian State and has won five straight league contests.
    The Spartans defeated Furman Saturday 69-54 thanks to strong second half performances from Ricky Hickman and Kyle Hines who scored all 36 of
UNCG’s points in the final 20 minutes.  The duo had success in the first GSU-UNCG meeting Dec. 30, combining for 38 points.
    “I think everyone battles that each game with them,” Price added.  “It’s hard to focus on both, but obviously those are two guys that we need to focus on and find a way to stop.  You’re not going to completely stop them but if you can limit their numbers somewhat, then you’re going to have a chance to win.”
    Hines, a potential All-American and leading SoCon Player of the Year candidate, tops the conference in scoring (21.8 ppg), rebounding (9.7 rpg) and blocks (2.40 bpg).          He has been just as deadly against league competition, averaging a double-double per outing (20.7 points, 10.0
rebounds).
    The last meeting was one to forget for the Eagles, who suffered the worst home loss ever under Price and scored just 12 points in the second half after going over 14 minutes without a field goal.
    Since he was held to seven points at the College of Charleston, senior Donte Gennie has responded with 19 points vs. Davidson and a team-high 20 points at Elon.  In the month of January he is averaging 18.5 points and 3.1 3-pointers per contest.  He led the team with 17 points against UNCG in December.

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