Hewitt’s big second half lifts Eagles

Colin Ritsick

19 second half points from junior guard Jelani Hewitt propelled Georgia Southern University past North Carolina A&T State University 66-63 today in Greensboro, N.C.

GSU improved its record to 7-7 after outscoring the Aggies 38-32 in the second half.

Hewitt knocked down both free throws after and intentional foul to give GSU a three point lead with 15 seconds remaining. On the ensuing possession the Aggies got two good looks at three-pointers that would have sent the game into overtime, but missed both.

Hewitt finished with 23 points, going 5-10 from the field while going 10-10 from the line. He averages a team-high 21.1 ppg this season.

NC A&T controlled the pace for much of the first half and was up by nine points with 2:26 remaining, but GSU went 5-6 from the free throw line during a 7-1 run to end the half down 31-28.

Junior guard Tre Bussey finished with 15 points and senior forward Marvin Baynham added eight points.

This victory dropped NC A&T to a 3-10 record and was just the second road win for the Eagles this season. The team will stay in North Carolina and travel 80 miles southeast to play Campbell University in Buies Creek on Thursday.