Eagles come up short against South Alabama

Devin Conway

All Good Things Must Come To An End

The Eagles’ eight-game win streak came to a grinding halt this weekend as they lost a tough game on the road Saturday night versus South Alabama.

GS came out swinging in the first half, hitting on over 50 percent of their shots from the field and nearly half of their three point attempts.

The Eagles worked their way up to a ten-point lead with seven minutes to go in the first half, but the Jaguars clawed their way back within four before halftime.

A Tale of Two Halves

South Alabama managed to carry their momentum into the next period, but the real story of the night was the Eagles abysmal shooting performance in the second half.

GS made just seven of their 32 field goal attempts (21.9 percent) from the field and three of their 19 attempts (15.8 percent) from three point range during the second half of play, while South Alabama made 16 of their 31 field goal attempts (51.6 percent) and four of their 12 attempts (33.3 percent) from three point range.

This huge discrepancy in shooting efficiency gave the Jaguars a 16-point edge in second half play en route to 78-66 victory.

One Of Those Games

The Sun Belt’s leading scorer, Ike Smith (19.3 PPG), particularly struggled in this game.

Smith scored just eight points, and seven of those came in the first half of play. In the second half, he failed to make a single shot, and even missed five of his six attempts from the free throw line.

As a team, the Eagles struggled to get points in the paint, as they were outscored by an 18-point margin throughout the game.

They also failed to get much bench production. They were outscored 33-5 in that category, as the difference in bench points became an advantage that they were simply unable to overcome.

The Eagles remained in Alabama to face conference-foe Troy on Monday night in the second game of their two-game road trip.