Eagles go cold from behind the arc against Western Carolina

Robert Huitt

During the 67-68 loss to the Western Carolina University Catamounts Saturday, the Georgia Southern University men’s basketball team was held to season lows from three-point range.

The Eagles made only two of 15 three pointers, shooting 13.3 percent for the game. To put those numbers in perspective, the Eagles averaged three pointers on 34.3 percent shooting so far this season.

The Catamounts made it a priority to eliminate any uncontested looks from behind the arc. Whenever it looked like the Eagles had an opening, the Catamounts closed the distance and forced drives to the basket or well-defended shots.

This game also marked the first time GSU failed to make a three pointer in the first half this season.

GSU senior guard Brian Holmes connected on the first three of the game with 1:30 remaining to trim the deficit to 64-61. Redshirt junior guard Jelani Hewitt made the second, and final, three with two seconds left on the game clock to pull the Eagles within one point at 67-68. The duo combined to go 2-11 for the game.

Game Note:

Willie Fritz, the newly hired head football coach, spoke briefly to GSU fans at halftime.

Fritz said, “We will work as hard as we can to have the same type of winning tradition that you have established here.”