GSU looks to snap losing streak

Katie Tolbert


Georgia Southern University’s men’s basketball (10-15) team will be back on the road to play The Citadel (6-17) today at 7:05 p.m. and the College of Charleston (18-7) Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

The Eagles just wrapped up three home games, but they are coming off of an overtime loss to Appalachian State University and another loss to Western Carolina University. GSU struggled with shooting during both of these games and faced two strong defenses as well. CofC has a record to scare any Southern Conference team right now, and GSU is one of its seven losses. On the other hand, one of GSU’s losses is to the The Citadel, which has a less impressive record to show.

GSU will take on the Bulldogs first, and in this game, the Eagles will need to strongly focus on defense. The Eagles have outrebounded the Bulldogs by 91 and have 31 fewer turnovers than the Bulldogs. Another focus for the Eagles in this game should be defending the goal against the Bulldogs’ two top scorers. The Citadel’s leading scorer has shot zero percent from behind the arc and the second leading scorer has shot 38 percent from behind the arc, so the Eagles should push the Bulldogs to shoot further out by defending the lane.

With only one full day of rest, the Eagles will have to gear up again to face the Cougars. In the previous matchup between these two teams, the shooting was equally under par at 34 percent from the field overall. The Cougars outshot the Eagles in the first half, but the Eagles brought back a lot of energy in the second half with an increase of 20 percent from behind the arc and an increase of 16.4 percent from the field. The Eagles will need to show the same energy in both halves of this game in order to take down CofC for the second time this season.