Eagles lose heartbreaker in OT

The Eagles return to Hanner Fieldhouse Saturday at 2:00 p.m. as they take on Troy. 

Ryan Kostensky

In their second to last home game of the season, Georgia Southern fell to South Alabama in overtime, 74-81, in what was a back-and-forth affair.

The Eagles finished the first quarter up by two points, but would get outscored in the second quarter.

The game was full of lead changes, GS trailed by as much as 10 points in the third quarter, but fought back, and eventually took the lead and were up by seven going in the fourth, their biggest lead of the game.

GS was led by a pair of sophomore guards, Nakol Franks, who scored a team-high 19 points, and Alexis Brown, who scored 18.

The Eagles were able to stay in the game behind excellent free throw shooting, going 19-20 through the course of the game.

South Alabama had four players score double-digits, led behind Shaforia Kines, who scored a game-high 23 points, and Chyna Ellis who was close behind with 20 points.

With the game tied at 70 at the end of regulation, the teams headed to overtime, which was a complete domination by the Jaguars. GS scored the first two points, but gave up seven unanswered points, trailing 72-77.

The big story of overtime were the turnovers by the Eagles. During the entire game, GS only allowed 11 points off of turnovers, as opposed to the 16 points they scored off of USA turnovers, but they came at the worst times, when the Eagles were trying to fight back.

GS was outscored 4-11 in the extra period.

The Eagles play their final home game of the season on Saturday, where they face off against the Troy Trojans. Tip-off set for 2 p.m.

Ryan Kostensky, The George-Anne sports candidate, gasports@georgiasouthern.edu