Men’s basketball unable to comeback against Appalachian State

Briyanna Thompson, Managing Editor of Sports

The Georgia Southern men’s basketball team went head-to-head with Appalachian State at Hanner Saturday afternoon, but the team was unable to make the comeback they needed to take home a win. 

The Eagles struggled in the first half trailing by as many as 11 points, but a 14-4 Eagle run sparked by back-to-back consecutive three-pointers by Gedi Juozapaitis cut the Mountaineer lead to just one.

Turnovers were a glaring weakness for the Eagles on Saturday, as Appalachian State scored 21 points off the 17 GS turnovers.

“I do like our effort and I do think our team was together today,” stated head coach Brian Burg, “We just didn’t play smart, anytime you had 17 turnover it’s hard to come out with a victory.” 

GS outrebounded the Mountaineers 11-5 on the offensive glass, spurred on by a career high 12 rebounds from Prince Toyambi, who also contributed eight points.

The Eagles made 13 of their 23 field goal attempts in the second half and finished the game 14-of-16 from the free-throw line. 

“The team has to stay together especially during adverse times,” said Burg. “We just have to continue to get better.” 

The Eagles are scheduled to travel to the Pelican State next week where they will face ULM on Thursday and Louisiana just two days later.