GSU falls short in Cancun, third straight loss

Colin Ritsick

Oral Roberts University handed the Georgia Southern University men’s basketball team its third straight loss 67-65 yesterday in the Cancun Challenge in Cancun, Mexico.

ORU maintained a healthy lead for most of the game and led by as many as 11 in the second half but allowed a three-pointer and a layup within the last seven seconds of the game to let GSU draw within two.

ORU was abysmal from beyond the arc shooting only 1-14, but counteracted its poor shooting by limiting turnovers, something the Eagles failed to do.

GSU turned the ball over 13 times compared to ORU’s five. With both teams shooting about 42 percent from the field, this proved to be the difference maker. The Golden Eagles were 27-65 from the field while GSU went 23-54. Fewer turnovers could have been enough for the Eagles to walk away with a win.

Junior guard Jelani Hewitt finished with 19 points on 6-13 shooting and also pulled down seven rebounds, both team highs. Fellow junior guard Curtis Diamond put up 12 points in the loss.

The team will face Presbyterian College today at 1 p.m. EST in the final game of the Cancun Challenge.

This loss drops the Eagles to 2-4 on the season with all four losses having come on the road.