Eagles look to win rematch against rival Mountaineers

Shakeem Holloway

In an overtime thriller, Georgia Southern University men’s basketball team lost to rival Appalachian State University 64-62 exactly two weeks ago, but the Eagles will get their chance to right the ship tonight at Hanner Fieldhouse.

A 22-5 run at the end of regulation and a clutch three by senior guard C.J. Reed forced the extra period in the Eagles’ previous loss to the Mountaineers. The Eagles struggled shooting throughout much of the game, posting a 36.9 field goal percentage.

We haven’t been shooting the ball very well lately, but I am proud of the fight our team had to fight and scrap to get back in the game,” head coach Charlton Young said after last game.

Coming into this game is a different story. The Eagles are shooting a combined 45.8 percent in their last two games. Junior forward Eric Ferguson and Reed are a combined 27-50 from the field in their last two games, totaling 69 points.

Nathan Healy led the Mountaineers in scoring in their last game with 24 points, and he also pulled down eight rebounds. In his first matchup against the Eagles, Healy recorded a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

GSU has won two of its last three games since the loss against the Mountaineers, whereas the Mountaineers have lost two of their last three games in that time span.

Despite averaging 71.1 points per game as a team, the Mountaineers have only scored over 60 points once in their last three games.

The other two games were losses to Davidson College and the College of Charleston, which hold the number one and number two best records in the South Division of the Southern Conference, respectively. The Eagles have already beaten Davidson and CofC.

The Mountaineers (9-12) are 2-9 away from home, and the Eagles (10-13) are 6-3 at Hanner.

Much like the first game, the rematch will be the Mountaineers’ offense versus the Eagles’ defense. The Mountaineers’ scoring offense is fourth in the SoCon and the Eagles’ scoring defense is third in the SoCon.

The face-off at 7 p.m. tonight in Hanner will be a pivotal matchup for both teams as they make their respective runs for a SoCon Championship.

The eighth annual “Pack The House In Pink” will be happening on Saturday for the basketball doubleheader as the women’s team will play CofC at 5 p.m. and the men will face off against Western Carolina University at 7:30 p.m.

There will be activities in order to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.