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GSU loses to Western

    CULLOWHEE, N.C. — Western Carolina outscored Georgia Southern 43-25 in
the second half to make up a six-point halftime deficit, winning 69-55
Saturday afternoon at the Ramsey Center.
    WCU moves to 10-14 overall and 7-6 in the Southern Conference.  GSU is
now 10-15 and 3-10.
    Western had four players reach double figures: Arnold Gore (17), Nick
Aldridge (16), Antonio Russell (15) and Jake Robinson (10).  Aldridge
also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out six assists, both team highs.
    For Georgia Southern, senior Donte Gennie led all players with 24 points.  Senior Jimmy Tobias recorded his first-ever double-double, coming off the bench for 14
points and 10 rebounds.
    Junior Dwayne Foreman , seeing his first action since Jan.
29, was held to one point and four assists.
    “I thought they were a lot more aggressive offensively, attacking the
basket and getting to the free throw line,” said GSU head coach Jeff
Price.  “They got to the line a lot more in the second half.  They shot
15 free throws in the second half versus six in the first.  They got us
into foul trouble with their aggressiveness.  I thought Aldridge handled
the doubles in the post and did a better job, and certainly their 1-3-1
zone put us on our heels a little bit.”
    Western Carolina scored the first two points of the game but did not
lead again for the rest of the half.  GSU led by as many as seven and a
lay-up from Gennie at the buzzer gave the Eagles a 32-26 lead at the
break.
    Gennie accounted for over half of the team’s field goals in the first
half alone, hitting five of his seven shots, including two trifectas,
for 12 points.  The rest of the squad went just 4-for-14.
    Aldridge, the SoCon’s third leading scorer, was held to just four points
on just 2-of-7 shooting.  WCU as a team didn’t fare much better,
converting 34.5 percent in the first half.
    The second half was all Western Carolina as the Catamounts began the
period with an 11-2 run behind six points from Aldridge, who capped off
the run with a three-point play to give WCU their first lead since the
opening moments of the contest.
    Georgia Southern struggled to get going and relied solely on Gennie and
Tobias for offense.  The pair combined for all 15 of the team’s points
in the first 15 minutes of the period.  Tobias’ lay-up with 8:28 to play
was GSU’s last for a span of four and a half minutes.
    “They changed their zone — they went to a 1-3-1 zone and it spread us
out a little bit,” added Price.  “I thought that was effective for them.
 I think the most disappointing thing was that our defense wasn’t nearly
as good in the second half.  We held them to 34 (percent) in the first
and 56 (percent) in the second.  We basically dropped the game in the
first five minutes of the second half.  There have been so many games
where we’ve been up at halftime and have not played well for the first
five minutes of the second half.”
    That scoreless drought keyed a 17-5 Catamount run.  By the time junior
Louis Graham hit a free throw with 3:58 remaining, Western Carolina led by 12 and cruised the rest of the way.
    The Eagles return to action Monday night, playing at Furman at 7:30 p.m.

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