Men’s basketball cruises to victory

Junior forward Angel Matias (13) and junior guard Curtis Diamond (4) trap freshman guard Nathan Palmer (3), forcing him to pass out of the tight double team.Photo by: Ryan Woodham

Chase Davis

After racing out to a huge lead, Georgia Southern University men’s basketball cruised to a 104-50 victory over Toccoa Falls College last Saturday, moving the Eagles to 2-1 on the season.

The game marked the second time this season that the Eagles broke 100 points at home.

Senior guard Tre Bussey led all scorers with 29 points.  He went 11-13 from the field, including 7-9 from beyond the three-point line.  Bussey also led the team in rebounding, bringing down nine boards in 24 minutes.

“My teammates really got me involved,” Bussey said.  “They passed me the ball a lot, they made me perform, so I give them all the credit.”

“My teammates got me open, they set good screens and found me in good spots, and I did the easy part,” Bussey said.

Redshirt junior guard Jelani Hewitt contributed with 23 points, and also racked up a game-high seven assists and seven steals.

Eagle head coach Mark Byington was proud of his team’s performance.

“I was really happy about our overall effort,”  Byington said.  “In a game like this, it’s hard because you don’t want to play to the [level of the] competition.  I’m proud that we had 19 assists, we really shared the ball well.”

Byington is still not satisfied, however, he is confident his team can iron out the mistakes.

“There were a few loose balls that they beat us to, so we need to be more aggressive in getting to those. Also, we let them have some uncontested shots in the first half,” Byington said. “Our goal is to make sure we contest every single shot.  It may sound nitpicky, but our guys know that’s what we need to do in order to get where we need to be.”

The Eagles amassed a 44-point lead at the end of the first half, which allowed several bench players extended minutes in the second period.  Junior forward Kameron Dunnican was one of several benefactors of the lead, and took advantage of his opportunity, scoring eight points, including 4-4 from the free throw line.

“We played a lot of guys in the second half in non-traditional lineups,” Byington said. “Sometimes it’s a little uncomfortable for guys to play that way, but I needed to get them experience and was happy with how they responded.”