Eagles improve to 3-0 with win in OT thriller against South Alabama

Donald Coe

As time ran down, Georgia Southern University trailed by three and needed an answer desperately. That’s when the ball landed in the hands of one of the most clutch shooters on the team, Mike Hughes.

The three made by Hughes with six seconds left tied the game and sent the game to overtime. In overtime, South Alabama jumped out to an early lead, but the Eagles stood tall and retook the lead and held on for an exuberant victory.

The game began with a hot start for the Eagles. Tookie Brown hit a couple of threes, and Jake Allsmiller added another one to set the tone. After a timeout, the Jaguars went on a run, one of many in the game, and took the lead, but the Eagles were able to withstand these runs to stay in the game.

With the first night of classes starting back, the atmosphere in Hanner was amazing. It helped provide a spark that the Eagles were able to feed off of to get that extra push. Everyone staying hyped, jumping around and dancing made Hanner one of the most electric venues in the Sun Belt. Late in the second half, when it looked like South Alabama was making a run to try and finish it out, the Eagles made some stops and hit clutch shots when they had to.

With this huge win, it propelled the Eagles to a 3-0 start in Sun Belt play and kept them atop the conference standings. Sweeping this homestand proved the Eagles have one of the best teams in the Sun Belt and will go into the rest of conference play hot. Up next, the Eagles will travel to Louisiana-Lafayette to take on the Ragin Cajuns on Saturday.