Eagles start conference play with a loss

Shakeem Holloway

Conference play didn’t begin as smoothly as the Georgia Southern University men’s basketball team would have liked as they lost to Wofford College 71-53 the third straight loss for GSU.

The Eagles’ struggles continued as two of their stars, senior guard C.J. Reed and junior forward Eric Ferguson shot a combined six of 19 from the field to total 14 points between the two. The rest of the team shot 15-28 boasting a 53.5 field goal percentage.

GSU wasn’t able to get much going from behind the arc as they shot 16.7 percent from downtown.

The Eagles would begin the game slow, down 15-8 in the first eight minutes of the game but they were able to mount a surge.

The Eagles tied the game at 15 as junior guard Tre Bussey led the team with nine points.

The Terriers would end the half on a 20-14 run. The Eagles were down 35-29 at the half.

The Eagles began the second half much like the first as they allowed the Terriers to go on a 14-6 run with under 12 minutes left.

This time the Terriers did not look back, they continued to outscore GSU 22-18 for the rest of the game.

The Terriers were better than the Eagles in every aspect of the game, they outrebounded the Eagles 34-25, had more assists 14-6 and less turnovers 10 for the Terriers and 15 for GSU.

Guard Karl Cochran led the Terriers with 25 points and eight rebounds, forward Lee Skinner contributed to the effort with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Junior guard Tre Bussey led the Eagles with 12 points on 50 percent shooting from the field. Freshmen guard Cleon Roberts added nine points.

GSU is now winless on the SoCon conference at 0-3, but will have the opportunity to get their first win on Monday at Hanner Fieldhouse 7 p.m. versus Davidson College.