Men’s basketball dominates The Citadel

Robert Huitt

The Georgia Southern University men’s basketball team ended its three-game losing streak with

a convincing 83-52 win over The Citadel Bulldogs Thursday night.

The Citadel (4-19, 0-7 SoCon) started the game with a 6-0 spurt before the Eagles responded

with a massive 29-0 run of their own to break the game wide open.

GSU entered the game with a renewed focus toward the defensive end and it showed in their

play right out of the gates. The Eagles held the Bulldogs to just 17 points in the first half on 26.9

percent shooting.

“Our main focus was coming out here and playing together,” redshirt junior guard Jelani Hewitt

said. “And playing defense, trying to hold the tem to under 40 percent and we did that.”

GSU held the Bulldogs to 35.1 percent shooting and held a 43-29 edge in rebounds.

Offensively, GSU was just as impressive. The Eagles crisply moved the ball around the court,

providing open looks from the perimeter and driving lanes to the basket.

“Lately, we haven’t really been sharing the ball like that, and it showed on film,” Hewitt said.

“We just tried to play together more, get into the paint looking for each other, make the extra

pass, and the offense comes easier.

Hewitt finished the game with 22 points, ending his three-game streak of failing to reach the 20-

point mark. He also added five assists.

Senior guard Tre Bussey finished the game with 12 points, five assists and seven rebounds.

Freshman forward Kyle Doyle was a force on the boards with 12 rebounds and contributed six


“More important than the win is to feel like we’re playing good basketball,” GSU Head Coach

Mark Byington said. “I think no matter the opponent tonight, more than likely we win the game

because I thought we played maybe our best game of the year.”

Up next, the Eagles hit the road to take on the University of North Carolina at Greensboro on

Saturday at 5 p.m.