Eagles look to finish strong

Shakeem Holloway

With four games left in the regular season, the Georgia Southern University men’s basketball team looks to finish the season strong, starting tonight in Hanner Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. against Wofford College.

Despite the two teams having similar records the last time they met, the Eagles came out on the wrong end of an 18-point blowout on the road. In that game, both players junior forward Eric Ferguson and senior guard C.J. Reed were held under 10 points.

The Terriers were led by last year’s Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, guard Karl Cochran, who posted 25 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Sophomore forward Lee Skinner helped out with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

The Eagles were outrebounded heavily in that game 38-26, which includes allowing the Terriers to out rebound them offensively 14-7.

“Both teams were desperate tonight, and they played with more desperation. They played harder, and credit to Wofford for that,” head coach Charlton Young said after their last game versus Wofford.

Much has changed since that game. Now junior guard Tre Bussey, who was starting at the time, is coming off the bench, along with Ferguson.

At the current point of the season, both teams are averaging a similar amount of rebounds per game, 31.4 for the Eagles and 31.7 for the Terriers.

The game will be a defensive contest with both teams ranked at the bottom for scoring offense in conference play. The Eagles are 11th in the SoCon and the Terriers are 12th, which is dead last.

Offensively, the Terriers average a field goal percentage of 39.3, whereas GSU averages 43.1 percent shooting from the field.

The Terriers excel defensively, and they are ranked second in the conference in scoring defense allowing only 59.7 points per game. On the other hand, the Eagles are not too bad of a team themselves, ranking sixth in the conference giving up an average of 65.2 points per game.

The score from the last time these teams met does not tell the whole story. The Eagles were only down two points after the beginning of the second half before the Terriers mustered up a 17-3 run over the next seven minutes and never looked back.

The Eagles will look to use their home-court advantage to best the Terriers and tie their season series at 1-1.