Georgia Southern has finally gotten the chance to catch its breath.
A long stretch of non-conference games on the road, followed by a pair of Southern Conference losses, have left the Eagles at 2-5 and 0-2 in league play. Now they’re enjoying a two-week stretch at home, with only one game to worry about.
The Eagles face NAIA Brewton-Parker today at 7 p.m., in Hanner Fieldhouse.
But the most important thing for GSU is the practice time they afford during the longest gap between road games of the season.
"The next two weeks, we’ll get some practice time which we desperately need," GSU coach Charlton Young said. "I think we need that to get better. Right now with the schedule we’ve played, we’ve been severely exposed. We have been a poor rebounding team, and we’ve got to have a better offensive flow. We have new guys in the mix — Brian Holmes, C.J. Reed, Cleon Roberts, guys who haven’t been in the program — and this is a different team than we had last year."
Through two SoCon games, the Eagles are averaging only 49 points, down from 67 a year ago.
The only two returning starters, Eric Ferguson and Tre Bussey, average a combined 25 points, but the other three starters, Reed, Roberts and Marvin Baynham, are new to the role.
"It’s all chemistry," Young said. "Guys knowing who to go to, what’s a good shot, what’s a bad shot. Last year we were number one in the league in field goal percentage on offense. We need to continue to do that with shot selection. Who’s going to be the go-to guy, who are the scorers, all that is still materializing. We’re slowly getting there."
Georgia Southern owns a 16-2 all-time record against the Barons, whith the losses coming way back in 1928 and 1931.
Young has faced Brewton-Parker twice, defeating the Barons by an average 87-67.
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