29-0 1st Half Run Leads Georgia Southern Over The Citadel
STATESBORO, GA -
Jelani Hewitt scored a game-high 22 points and led four Eagles in double figures as Georgia Southern earned an 83-52 victory over The Citadel in Thursday night Southern Conference action at Hanner Fieldhouse.
Bulldog guard Ashton Moore was the bright spot in a struggling Citadel offense with 14 points. Moore, who knocked down 6-of-14 from the floor, ran his career-long double-digit scoring streak to eight consecutive games. The loss dropped the Cadets to 4-19 overall and 0-8 in league play.
The Citadel scored the first six points of the game, but Georgia Southern took control with a 29-0 run that spanned 12:03 of the opening frame to take a commanding lead.
The Eagles (10-12, 3-4 SoCon) took advantage of four 3-pointers during the run, including two by Hewitt, to assume a 23-point advantage at the 6:39 mark. Hewitt capped off the GSU run with eight points, while Brian Holmes and Marvin Baynham contributed six points each.
The Dogs' scoreless drought, which included 17 missed field goals, ended with a jumper by C.J. Bray at the 6:08 mark. Moore followed with a driving layup less than a minute later to make for a 31-10 Georgia Southern advantage.
The Eagles' lead dipped below 20 points on just one occasion in the second half following a layup by Quinton Marshall at the 19:27 mark.
Hewitt, who finished 8-of-10 from the floor and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, was joined in double digit scoring by Curtis Diamond (13), Tre Bussey (12) and Holmes (11).
Holmes was also highly effective in the GSU offense as he finished 4-of-6 from the floor and 2-of-4 from 3-point range.
Georgia Southern finished 31-of-58 (53.4%) from the floor and knocked down 11-of-22 (50%) from 3-point range. The 11 treys tie West Alabama for the most by a Citadel opponent this season.
The trio of Kyle Doyle (12 rebounds), Angel Matias (eight) and Bussey (seven) provided Georgia Southern with a decisive 43-29 edge on the glass.
Joining Moore among the offensive leaders for The Citadel were Brian White (eight points) and Matt Van Scyoc(seven points). Moore and Marshall shared the Bulldog team-high in rebounds with five each.
The Bulldogs continue their road trip on Saturday when they head to Davidson for a meeting with the Wildcats at Belk Arena at 4 p.m.
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