Struggling eagles look to upset Cougars

Shakeem Holloway

The Georgia Southern University men’s basketball team is struggling at 7-10, and the schedule is not getting any easier with a matchup against the College of Charleston and its 12-5 record.

The Cougars, 4-1 in the Southern Conference, have the best record in the South Division and the best overall record in the conference. The Cougars have beaten the likes of Elon University, which defeated GSU 55-50, as well as Furman University and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

On paper, the Eagles’ and the Cougars’ matchup looks to be mostly even as they are almost identical in many categories.

Rebounding is the only category in which the Cougars have a significant advantage over the Eagles as the Cougars average 36.9 rebounds compared to 30.7 rebounds for GSU.

The Eagles average a better free throw percentage, more steals and fewer turnovers than the Cougars.

The Cougars have a well-balanced attack. Senior guard Andrew Lawrence who averages 13.9 points per game and sophomore guard Anthony Stitt who averages 11.9 points per game leads them offensively.

Other than Stitt and Lawrence, the Cougars have four players who average at least seven points per game.

Junior forward Eric Ferguson leads the Eagles in scoring with 14.6 points per game followed by junior guard Tre Bussey and senior guard C.J. Reed who each average 11 points per game.

Despite their record, the Cougars average more turnovers than GSU, which has struggled with turnovers throughout the season.

The Cougars have played well defensively, only allowing their opponents to shoot 41.1 percent from the field and 30 percent from downtown.

The Eagles have yet to win a game in the conference at 0-3 and look to change that on Thursday night at 7 at Hanner Fieldhouse when they take on the Cougars.