Eagles split a pair of games over the weekend

Marqus Williams

The Georgia Southern Eagles split a pair of road games last week, ending their bid for five straight wins. The Eagles defeated the Troy Trojans last Thursday 77-71 sweeping the season series, but fell to South Alabama 80-76, dropping the season series against them. They are now 11-13 overall and 7-7 in conference play this season with six more games left in the season before the Sun Belt tournament in New Orleans.

In the win against Troy, Tookie brown lead the Eagles with 20 points while Mike Hughes scored 18 points and had eight rebounds for the game. They shot 41% from the field while also forcing 10 turnovers.

In the Eagles lone loss in the past five games the Eagles only shot 36% from the field as well as giving up 54% from the field to the Jaguars. Jake Allsmiller had a career high 29 points with eight three’s made in the game and Mike Hughes had 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists.

With six games remaining on their schedule, the Eagles are faced with a tough task of facing Arkansas State, Arkansas Little-Rock, Georgia State and Appalachian State in their next four games. All of these games are in Hanner Fieldhouse.

So far this season they are 7-3 at home and having this late stretch in the season at home presents an opportunity to win more games and move up in the conference standings. Though all of these games are winnable, the Eagles will have their toughest obstacle in Arkansas Little-Rock. The Trojans are number one in the conference boasting a 22-3 overall record and 12-2 conference record.

The Eagles should feel optimistic, however, going into the game as they have the confidence from being at home and winning four of their last five, but a main factor is the Trojans have shown they can be beaten. The Trojans lost to Louisiana-Monroe last week 86-82 and have lost to Arkansas State, two teams the Eagles have beaten. To win these games, the Eagles have to play well offensively and show their toughness and tenacity on the defensive end.