Men’s basketball obliterates Bluefield State

Georgis Southern’s Shawn O’Connell goes up for a dunk against Bluefield State on Thursday. O’Connell had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the win.

McClain Baxley

Georgia Southern hosted Bluefield State Thursday night in a battle of two 2-0 teams, and the Eagles prevailed 120-52 after a monstrous second half.

The game started off slow, but GS broke away at the end of first half and stayed unbeaten, moving to 3-0 on the young season.

It was a game that was all about the 3-pointer with Jake Allsmiller leading the Eagles with five on the night. Ike Smith started off the scoring for the Eagles with a deep three. He struck a pose then sprinted to deliver a monster block.

And it was just that sort of night for the Eagles, where most everything went in their favor.

“We want to come out and punch them right in the mouth,” Allsmiller said.

The tempo was pushed by Tookie Brown as a back and forth game occurred with each team scoring quickly. Both teams went through a dry spell but with sound, team basketball GS stretched their lead out to 19 at one point.

The crowd was never really involved on this last weeknight before Thanksgiving, but came alive in the later part of the half on the Blues’ free throws. The half ended with the Eagles going on a huge run to take a 20-point lead to the locker room.

Tookie Brown went off almost as soon as the second half whistle did with a very quick layup to set the tone for the rest of the game.

Eagles had all momentum in the second half and really controlled the Big Blues. The crowd got a show with some phenomenal passing and lights out shooting.

One play in particular had an incredible cut from Jones, a behind-the-back pass to Smith, and then a nice layup that forced the crowd into an all-out eruption.

With about 12 minutes left in the game, Shawn O’Connell came alive. In back-to-back series, he slammed down a dunk and then had a one hand put back that might’ve broken the rim. A little bit later, crowd favorite Tookie Brown got in on the praise with a crazy one-handed block.

It seemed like cS head Coach Mark Byington challenged the Eagles to score by dunking only as Jones and Jackson were putting on a clinic. The game concluded with both Dede Reynolds and Tione Jones getting minutes to a roar from the fans in Hanner that remained.

“It was a lopsided score but it was a very beneficial game for us,” Byington said. “I got to see what some guys could do in a game atmosphere.”

The Eagles will travel to Estero, FL for the Gulf Coast Showcase. In the showcase they’ll face Missouri Valley Conference favorite Missouri State and either UMKC or Manhattan.