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Eagles top Thomas in final preseason scrimmage

Eagles top Thomas in final preseason scrimmage

Eagles top Thomas in final preseason scrimmage

Georgia Southern defeated Thomas Univ...

The Georgia Southern Eagles used a barrage of 3-pointers to take an 88-49 exhibition win over the Thomas University Night Hawks on Friday night at Hanner Fieldhouse.
“I told the guys coming into the game that I wanted them to focus on each possession and building good habits," said Head Coach Mark Byington. "We really focused on sharing the basketball and we did that well. We've still got some things to work on like cutting down on the turnovers, but at the end of the day there were a lot more positives than negatives."
In the first public viewing of Mark Byington's 2013-14 team, Georgia Southern made 12 3-pointers and attempted over half of their total shots from downtown. The Eagles shot nearly 50 percent from the floor and were led by Brian Holmes' 18 first-half points.
Holmes made four treys and six field goals to best his career-high of 13 points, set last season against Western Carolina. After missing the 2012-13 season, Jelani Hewitt returned to the court and added to the mix with 12 points and 11 rebounds. In all, GSU had six starters score 10 or more points and all but one starter reached the double figure mark.
The Eagles held Thomas to 25.9 percent shooting and under 50 points, something they did only three times a year ago. Justyn Watkins led the Night Hawks with 20 points, while Trent Madison posted 10 points.
GSU turned the ball over on their first possession of the game but reeled off 14 points and led 14-0 after Hewitt nailed a layup five minutes into the contest. TU scored their first four points of the game to cut the lead to 14-4, but the Eagles went on a 10-0 run sparked by a Tre Bussey three. GSU led 53-27 at halftime behind Holmes' 18-point performance.
After a 53-point first half, the Eagles scored 35 points in the second half. Working in a good mix of back-ups, GSU shot just 28.6 percent from the floor in the second period. Curtis Diamond led the team with 12 second-half points. The Eagles posted a pair of 10-point runs to pull away in the second half.
Georgia Southern returns to the court for their season opener on Nov. 8 against Columbia International at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale for the home opener at Hanner Fieldhouse through the Georgia Southern Ticket Office and can be purchased at the gate on the day of the game as well.
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