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GSU pummels Reinhardt

Georgia Southern forward Marvin Baynam throws down a lob pass from teammate Jelani Hewitt during the first half against Reinhardt at Hanner Fieldhouse Thursday.

The Georgia Southern Eagles once again saw a team from a lower division give them all they wanted, but took control in the final six minutes as the Eagles held off Reinhardt, of the NAIA, 101-84 Thursday at Hanner Fieldhouse.

The biggest loss of the night came with 11:44 remaining in the game, when GSU head coach Charlton Young was issued back-to-back technical fouls and ejected from the contest. Southern Conference rules stipulate that Young will also miss Sunday’s game against South Florida in Tampa, Fla.

"By Southern Conference rule, if you’re ejected from a game, you have to sit out the next game and you’re not even allowed in the building," said GSU assistant Steve Smith, who took over for Young in the remainder of the game. "Even if it’s not a SoCon game, it’s a Southern Conference rule. I’ll coach against South Florida."

Smith hopes the win over Reinhardt will give the Eagles confidence as they begin a road trip that will last until December 11 on Sunday.

"It was good to see our offense come around," Smith said. "We haven’t scored the ball like that all year, but we know we’ve got guys who can do it. We had seven Guys score in double figures, and that will give them some confidence."

Freshman point guard Jelani Hewitt led GSU in scoring for the second-straight game, finishing with 17 in the effort. Ben Drayton (16), Eric Ferguson (16), Rory Spencer (13), Cameron Baskerville (11), Tre Bussey (10) and Marvin Baynham also scored in double digits.

The Eagles (2-1) led just 51-44 at the break, and Reinhardt kept it tight, coming within four three separate times in the first three minutes of the second half, but GSU took a double-digit lead they didn’t relinquish when Spencer hit a pair of free throws with 15:30 to go.

Reinhardt was led in scoring by David Lawson who dropped 25 points and also hauled in eight rebounds.

The Eagles took a slim margin in boards, out-rebounding Reinhardt 35-34.

Georgia Southern shot 65.4 percent from the floor and hit 6 of 12 3-point attempts in the game.

The Eagles face South Florida at 2 p.m. on Sunday.


Matt Yogus can be reached at (912) 489-9408.

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