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Eagles pick up road win at North Carolina A&T

Eagles pick up road win at North Carolina A&T

Eagles pick up road win at North Carolina A&T


    GREENSBORO, N.C. —Georgia Southern picked up a 66-63 win over North Carolina A&T on Saturday afternoon in the Triad.
    Jelani Hewitt scored 23 points with nine rebounds off the bench while Tre Bussey had 15 points for the Eagles.
    Georgia Southern continues its road swing with a visit to Campbell on Monday night at 7 p.m.
    “It would be easy to say that our good shooting won that game, but I felt it was our defense that won us this game,” GSU coach Mark Byington said. “We only had a few things to correct at halftime and those changes helped our flow. We played very well defensively in the second half and I think that should be a springboard for us.”
    The Eagles trailed 31-28 at halftime, but a 3-pointer out of the locker room leveled the score at 31-31. The Eagles took the lead with 16 minutes, 4 seconds remaining and did not trail for the rest of the contest.
    Georgia Southern led by six with two minutes remaining and the Aggies cut the lead down to one with 25 seconds left, but a pair of free throws from Hewitt gave the visitors a three-point lead with 15 seconds remaining. A pair of desperation 3-point attempts by the Aggies in the final seconds were unsuccessful as the Eagles rolled out of Greensboro with the win.
    The win lifts the Eagles to 7-7 on the year with one non-conference game remaining on the docket. A&T falls for the first time at home this year and is 3-10 on the season.
    Hewitt was 10-for-10 from the charity stripe. He played 24 minutes, coming off the bench for the first time this season. Bussey played 37 minutes and scored nine of his 15 points from beyond the arc.
    Brian Holmes and Marvin Baynham each added eight points to the cause with Holmes posting three assists. Baynham fouled out with less than two minutes remaining.
    Georgia Southern went 45.5 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from downtown on the afternoon. NC A&T went 21 of 72 from the field but grabbed 28 offensive rebounds to go with 20 on the defensive glass.
    Lamont Middleton led all scorers with 25 points, scoring 16 of those in the first half. Bruce Beckford and Jeremy Underwood each posted 11 points for the home side.

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