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GSU winning streak moves to four
Eagles top Paladins in SoCon opener, 68-63
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    GREENVILLE, S.C. — Down by three with 6:22 remaining in the game, the Georgia Southern men’s basketball team held Furman without a point for a 5:20 stretch to defeat Furman 68-63 Friday night at Timmons Arena.
    The victory is the Eagles’ fourth in a row after a season-opening defeat at Florida State and was also the Southern Conference for both teams.
    The Paladins drop to 0-4, 0-1.
    Senior Matt Fields, who scored 10 of his 12 points
after halftime, sparked the rally with six straight markers to single-handedly bring the Eagles back. By the time Furman finally snapped its drought, GSU took a three-point deficit and turned it into anine-point advantage.
    The Eagles dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Paladins 46-34 overall and 24-21 on GSU’s offensive end.
    “It was one of the biggest keys before the game,” said coach Jeff Price about the rebounding advantage. “We said we needed to crush them on the boards and our guys responded well to that. We had 24 offensive rebounds which is a lot of second shots. I thought we were really good on the glass.”
    Junior Julian Allen led all scorers with 17 points and went six-for-six at the free throw line. He was a perfect four-for-four at the line in the final minute. Allen also pulled down eight rebounds.
    The Eagles return to action Monday when they host Mercer in their home opener at Hanner Fieldhouse. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.