Eagles fall to Red Wolves in Jonesboro Saturday night

Senior guard Mike Hughes became the first Eagle in modern era to tally 1,200 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals. 

Kaitlin Sells and Andrew Weimer

Both Georgia Southern basketball teams traveled to Jonesboro, Arkansas for matchups with the Arkansas State Red Wolves.

The women’s game

Once again, the Eagles have fallen in conference play, this time by more than a 20-point deficit.

Although Senior Trell English-Lurry had an impressive career high of 17 points, the Eagles as a whole only shot 27.6 percent from the floor, there for not being enough to top the Red Wolves who shot 44.6 percent from the floor.

Throughout the game the Red Wolves maintained a steady lead on the Eagles the was too difficult for them to catch up to and overcome.

Peyton Martin lead the Red Wolves with scoring a total of 17 points and Jada Ford followed behind with 11 points.

This is Arkansas State’s second win in a row and makes their overall record 12-10.

The men’s game

Before this game, the Red Wolves were on a 4-game losing streak at home.

The Eagles started off hot, going on a 10-3 run in the first 3 minutes of the game, capped off by a Mike Hughes three pointer. That three sparked an Arkansas State timeout, and thus ended the run following a Red Wolves jumper a minute later.

After another Mike Hughes three, ASU broke GS’ defense. They sparked a 9-0 run over just around a minute and a half, not missing a shot in the stretch, which also included taking the lead, the score being 20-17. The run was stopped by a Quan Jackson layup.

The rest of a half was an offensive battle, with GS eventually taking the lead at the end of the half up 37-36.

This offensive lead would last until the 2-minute mark in the half. GS continued to fight for the whole game, but did not tie the game until the score broke even at 85 points.

For the rest of the game, the Eagles did not hit another field goal. They almost tied the game with free throws, but they ended up just one short, and when Tookie Brown got the ball with 2 seconds left, he threw a Hail Mary shot that ended short of the basket, ending the game 91-89.

Although Georgia Southern lost, there were good individual performances. Senior guard Mike Hughes finished the game with a season-high 27 points with an additional 6 boards. Junior guard, Ike Smith, finished the game with 19 points and a team high 8 rebounds.

What’s next?

Both teams will end the season with five of their seven remaining games at home, including the next three. Eagles will host ULM Thursday night with the women tipping off at 5:00 and the men following at 7:30.