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Eagles hold off UNC Greensboro for road win

Southern Conference Basketball Standings
Team                   SoCon  All

Chattanooga             9-1    15-9
Davidson                  8-1    12-11
Wofford                   6-3    11-10
Elon                         5-3    12-11
Western Carolina      5-3    12-11
Georgia Southern    4-4    11-12
UNC Greensboro      4-5    11-13
Samford                    3-5    9-14
Appalachian State      2-6    6-15
Furman                      1-7    7-14
Citadel                       0-9    4-20

Saturday's Scores   
    Elon 83, Appalachian State 76
    Davidson 62, The Citadel 43
    Georgia Southern 64, UNC Greensboro 62
    Chattanooga 67. Furman 52
    Wofford 77, Samford 58

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Kyle Doyle’s three-pointer with 4:05 remaining was the final scoring for the Eagles, but a hard-nosed defensive effort down the stretch solidified a 64-62 win on Saturday at UNC Greensboro.
    The freshman’s trey gave the Eagles a five-point advantage which proved to be enough as the home side went 0 for 2 in the final four minutes from the field.
    “Going through games like this takes years off your life, but it was great to get the win,” GSU coach Mark Byington said. “Every possession was crucial tonight and our guys made some great plays tonight and we were able to pull out the win.”
    Jelani Hewitt led all scorers with 23 points as the junior continues his assault on the single-season scoring records at Georgia Southern. Doyle’s late 3 capped an impressive birthday double-double for the freshman. He scored 13 points and added 12 rebounds, pulling a dozen rebounds for the second-straight contest. Tre Bussey also chipped in 12 points as the Eagles overcame a 39 percent shooting night from the field.
    The Eagles punished the Spartans on the rebounding glass, winning that battle 39-28 with 16 of those rebounds on the offensive side. UNCG shot 46 percent from the field, but was unsuccessful from open play in the final 4:35.
    Jordan Potts scored 13 points off the bench to lead the Spartans with the balance coming in the first half. Kyle Cain scored his 11 points exclusively in the second half while RJ White also added 11. The Spartans’ top three-point threat, Nicholas Paulos was held well below his season average with just one bucket from downtown.
    The Eagles led by one at the break, but the lead changed hands six times in the second half.
 as neither team could go up by more than five.
With just under nine minutes remaining, Brian Holmes scored a layup that gave the Eagles a lead that would not be relinquished. Doyle’s three-pointer with 4:05 pushed the lead to five points, the largest advantage of the night.
UNCG drew a foul with 3:00 remaining and made both free throws to cut the lead to three points. On the next trip, Tevon Saddler made one of two free throws to make it a two-point game with 2:11 left.
Georgia Southern missed a three-pointer on the next trip, but got the offensive rebound to bleed the clock to 1:14 when another missed shot gave the ball back to the Spartans. The teams traded misses in the final minute, but a long possession by the Eagles gave UNCG just nine seconds for a final attempt to tie the game that was unsuccessful.
The Eagles are back on the road next weekend with a pair of games away from Hanner Fieldhouse. Georgia Southern visits Wofford for the final time on Thursday night and then travels to Elon on Saturday night.