Eagles look to extend win streak in Arkansas

Junior guard Tookie Brown scored the game winning buzzer beater the last time the Eagles played the Trojans. 

Kaitlin Sells

Following an impressive win over UTA, the Eagles look to improve their record by two more games- both against teams they’ve already played and beaten.

A look at the Eagles

Georgia Southern sits at fourth in the Sun Belt conference as the Eagles continue to hold an impressive record of 15-7 overall and 6-3 in the conference and are on the prowl for more wins.

With each game and each win the Eagles are proving to be a major threat offensively, averaging 75.6 points per game and shooting 42.8 percent on the floor.

One player that is especially a threat is the obvious junior guard Tookie Brown, who leads the team statistically with 401 points total, and averages 19.1 points per game- and that’s taking into consideration the talented guard had to sit out an entire game against Georgia State due to injury.

Tookie’s total points almost double the Eagle that follows behind him, Mike Hughes, who has 229 total points for the season.

But just because they are on offensive threat doesn’t mean they don’t have some defensive skill too.

With the Eagles averaging 39.8 rebounds per game and totaling 74 blocks for the season shows that the Eagles can handle any good offense they face against.

A specific Eagle to stand out defensively is junior forward, Montae Glenn, who has a total of 181 rebounds for the season, and takes credit for over 35 percent of the Eagles’ blocks with 26 total.

Arkansas-Little Rock (5-17; 2-7)

No one can forget the last time the Eagles faced the Trojans on Jan. 6 when Tookie Brown hit a last-second three-point buzzer beater when the Eagles were down by one. Although the match was slow at the start, it was a tight game until the end.

Since facing the Eagles, the Trojans have played five games, only one of which they have won.

Although they are on a four game loss streak, all those games have been semi-high scoring and close, the highest gap of points being a 10 points differential.

The Trojans have the same field goal percentage as GS, 42.8, but average a lower points per game- only 64.4. Their defensive game isn’t too far off the Eagle’s either, averaging 34.4 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game.

Sophomore guard, Andre Jones leads the Trojans statistically for offense,  averaging 12.2 points per game. Following behind Jones is freshman guard, Jaizec Lottie who averages 6.5 points per game.

Don’t let their record deceive you, the Little Rock Trojans are still a threat and the Eagles will have to bring their game once it comes time for the tip-off.

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Arkansas State (8-14; 3-6)

Unlike GS’ faceoff with the Trojans, the game previously played between these two teams was anything but close.

When the Eagles last matched up against the Red Wolves Jan. 4 in Hanner Field House they easily defeated them 80-49, with the help of Tookie Brown’s accumulated 20 points alone from the game.

Since Arkansas State was stamped out by the Eagles they’ve played six games, but only two have resulted in success.

Although they’ve begun to tally the losses, it seems to be the same story as the Trojan’s losses: all semi-high scoring games that are relatively close.

With a record as shows and the knowledge of the last time the Eagles faced the Red Wolves, many would find it surprising that their average points per game is relatively high and almost matches to the Eagles at 73.2 points. It is also surprising to find that their field goal percentage is actually better than the Eagles’ at 44.9 percent.

Their individual player statistics are also very impressive, senior guard Deven Simms leads averaging 16.3 points per game.

So, looking at these statistics there is an obvious question- how can a team look so good on paper, but be such an easy challenger for GS?

It’s possible that the Red Wolves just had an off-day January 4th, they weren’t accustom to Hanner, the crowd threw them off, who knows. All we do know is that they shouldn’t be ruled out as an easy team and an easy win.

GS needs to show up just as they did the first time they faced off and leave no mercy.

When and Where

The Eagles will travel to face Little Rock Thursday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. in Little Rock, Arkansas.

GS will again be hitting the road after that to play Arkansas State Saturday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Both games will be broadcast on the Georgia Southern Sports Network.