MOBILE, Ala. – Montae Glenn tallied 18 points and 13 rebounds and blocked a game-tying shot attempt late in overtime to lead Georgia Southern to an 88-86 Sun Belt men’s basketball win over South Alabama Saturday afternoon in the Mitchell Center.
Clinging to a two-point lead, the Eagles forced three missed Jaguar shots in the final 24.1 of the overtime period. The Jags had the ball with 2.4 left and inbounded to Trhae Mitchell who tried a pull-up jumper that Glenn blocked clean. The ball came right back to Mitchell who tried to beat the buzzer with another jumper, but it came up short.
Glenn finished with four blocked shots in the contest and corralled his 600th career rebound on a putback 8:08 into the contest. His 18 points were a career high, and it was the senior’s 12th career double-double and fourth this season.
Tookie Brown scored a season high 26 points, and Quan Jackson finished with 17 points, with seven coming in the extra period, and five rebounds. David-Lee Jones Jr. finished with six points, six rebounds and a team-high five assists, and Simeon Carter tallied eight points and four rebounds.
The Eagles (12-7, 4-2) led by four following a Glenn free throw with 45 seconds left in regulation, but Herb McGee cut the margin to one with a conventional 3-point play on South Alabama’s trip down the floor. The Jags (9-10, 2-4) fouled Isaiah Crawley, who made 1 of 2 from the charity stripe with 9.4 seconds remaining.
Mitchell made a contested jumper with two Eagles in his face with 2.6 seconds left to send the game to overtime.
Jackson scored the Eagles’ first points in the extra session on a pair of free throws, and GS never trailed in overtime. The sophomore drilled a triple from the wing with 56.4 seconds to play to put GS ahead 87-84. John Pettway was fouled going to the hoop for South Alabama and made both free throws with 35.8 left, and the Jags fouled Jones Jr. after the Eagles inbounded. The junior had his first free throw try rim out but canned the second one for the two-point cushion.
With GS trailing by seven early in the second half, Brown scored seven points, and Jones Jr. added a 3-pointer from the corner in a 10-0 Eagle run that gave the visitors a 51-48 lead. The rest of regulation saw five lead changes with neither team able to accumulate more than a four-point cushion.
South Alabama shot 51 percent for the game but went 0 for 9 from 3-point range after halftime. GS used 15 offensive rebounds to score 18 second-chance points, and the Eagles outscored the Jags 17-10 from the charity stripe.
Georgia Southern returns to Hanner Fieldhouse for a two-game stretch, starting Thursday when the Eagles play host to UTA at 7 p.m. on ESPN+. Promotions: Student Appreciation Night - Georgia National Guard, Moe’s and Dominos will all hand out food and other promotional items! It’s also a Blue Out and the GATA Game.
USA Ladies 69, GS Ladies 53
South Alabama held Georgia Southern women's basketball to just 21 points in the first half en route to a 69-53 Sun Belt Conference victory over the host Eagles on Saturday afternoon at Hanner Fieldhouse.
The Jaguars (14-3, 3-3 SBC) claimed their second straight win, while the Eagles (5-12, 0-6 SBC) saw their current slide reach seven games.
Two days after scoring 81 points against Troy, Georgia Southern struggled from the field against the Sun Belt's top defensive unit. The Eagles shot just 25% from the field (6-of-24) before halftime as South Alabama led by 10, 31-21, at the break. The Eagles shot better in the second half, but so did the Jaguars, who clinched the contest by shooting 50% from the floor (14-of-28) after halftime.
Alexis Brown notched her second straight double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Tatum Barber added 14 points for the Eagles. South Alabama placed four players in double figures, led by Savannah Jones' 17 points.
The Eagles hit the road for Sun Belt Conference action on Thursday, January 24th, visiting UT Arlington for a 12:30 p.m. matinee against the Mavericks in Arlington, Texas.