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Marshall's career high paces Eagles to 10 point win at Elon
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ELON-Georgia Southern senior Anthony Marshall (Lake Worth,
Fla.) led all scorers with a career-high 17 points to guide the Eagles
to a 67-57 victory over Elon Thursday at Alumni Gym.
GSU runs its winning streak to three and improves to 12-5 overall and
5-2 in the Southern Conference. The Phoenix fall to 7-10 and 5-4.
Marshall had nine of his 17 points from behind the 3-point line and
another six from the charity stripe. He shot 3-for-7 from long-range and
6-for-8 at the line.
"I thought he was really, really good off the bench," said GSU head
coach Jeff Price. "He's a consummate team guy and gives us exactly what
we need. He gives us fire and flair when he comes off the bench, he
makes shots and he's a veteran smart player."
Senior Matthew Fields (Jacksonville, Fla.) notched his first
double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Senior Louis
Graham (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and freshman Willie Powers (Gainesville,
Fla.) added 11 points each.
The Eagles struggled at the outset shooting just 2-for-13 in the first
eight-plus minutes of the contest with five turnovers. Elon jumped out
to a 12-4 lead during that time but surrendered an 11-2 run to allow
Georgia Southern to earn a one-point advantage.
Elon scored just eight points in the final 9:35 of the first half and
GSU outscored the Phoenix 12-2 in the last 5:02 of the period to take a
32-22 lead into halftime.
"We got off to a really slow start offensively and that was a concern.
We had four points in eight minutes but on the flip side of that, they
only had 12. I thought our defense was fairly solid. The press changed
the game. It took them out of their offensive patterns and made them
take shots they're not accustomed to making. They had 13 turnovers and
three assists at the half - that's a sign of a team that's (being
pressed). I thought that changed the game."
The Phoenix shot just 35.3 percent from the floor for the game and 33.3
percent in the first half.
Elon managed to cut the deficit to four, 39-35, with 15:46 to go in the
game but Georgia Southern answered with a 9-0 burst, capped off with a
lay-up by Fields.
The Phoenix got within six (55-49) with 6:15 to play, but the Eagles
answered with a bucket on their next possession and did not allow Elon
any closer the rest of the game.
Elon's Brett James tallied a team-high 15 points on three of four
shooting from long range. Ola Otoyebi notched 13.

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