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Eagles hope to rebound vs. struggling Citadel

    Georgia Southern and The Citadel are both looking for something good to happen.
    The Citadel visits Hanner Fieldhouse today at 7 p.m., having dropped 10 games in a row.
The Eagles (9-12, 2-4 Southern Conference) haven’t had it that bad, but they’ve lost four of the last five including an 82-52 loss at Davidson in a game that was never competitive. 
    “You’ve got to be able to figure out a way to get yourself out of it,” GSU coach Mark Byington said. “You’ve got to understand that other people go through these things, other people persevere and find a way out of it. That’s what we’ve got to do do right now.”
    The Citadel (4-18, 0-7) has played better on the road against SoCon teams than it has at home. The Bulldogs lost in overtime to Wofford and UNC Greensboro, and suffered a single digit loss at Elon.
    “They’re a team that has seemed to play really well on the road,” Byington said about The Citadel. “Watching the Wofford game earlier this year they had a 6-foot jumper and a tip in to win the game and both of them rattled in and out. They lost in overtime at UNC Greensboro and they played Elon as tough as anybody’s played them this year.”
    The Bulldogs are led by Matt Van Scyoc, who averages 16 points per game and hits 37 percent of his 3 -pointers.
    “Scyoc is a little different,” Byington said about the swing guard. “He’s a perimeter guy that can hit the 3, and he can go inside. Sometimes you can lose track of him in transition or floating around the perimeter, and it goes against your habits.”
    Brian White (13 ppg) and Ashton Moore (12 ppg) also average double digits for the Bulldogs.
    “They’ve got some firepower,” Byington said, “and I’m sure their coach is telling them that they’re close, because they are.”
    The game is Military Appreciation Day for Georgia Southern. The GSU ROTC program will hold a swearing in ceremony at halftime for cadets joining the armed forces. Following the ceremony, GSU will honor the football team for its win over Florida last season.

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