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Wofford dominates second half, downs Eagles
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STATESBORO- Down nine points at halftime, Wofford stormed back
and shot 72.4 percent from the field in the second half to defeat
Georgia Southern 86-79 in Southern Conference men's basketball action
Thursday night at Hanner Fieldhouse.
The Terriers win their second straight and move to 10-8 overall and 3-5
in the league. The Eagles drop to 12-7, 5-4.
"Obviously we didn't do what we had to do," said GSU head coach Jeff
Price. "I continue to say, everybody harps how we've been playing on the
road, but that means when you come home, you just show up and win games,
and you have to do more than just show up in the conference. I thought
that was kind of our mentality throughout the game. And I thought we
played a really poor first half even though we were up by nine (and) I
didn't think we played well. I thought when they made the run in the
second half and came back and tied the game, that we just put our heads
down and didn't fight back
Wofford ends a six-game losing streak at Hanner Fieldhouse dating back
to 2001. Georgia Southern loses its first game this season at home
"I don't think it would have mattered who we played," said Price. "I
think it was the fact that we felt we were on our home floor and we've
been successful here and we could just walk out of here with a win. In
this conference that doesn't happen. I knew Wofford was a really
dangerous team that shoots the ball really well."
A 14-1 Georgia Southern run in the first half helped the Eagles to a
36-27 lead at the break. Wofford shot just 31.3 percent, compared to
41.2 percent for GSU.
But the start of the second half was a different story. Wofford made
their first seven shots and tied the score at 45-45 with 15:29 to go in
the game. The Terriers began the period by converting 13 of their first
16 from the floor.
Wofford finally retook the lead on a 3-pointer by Corey Godzinski and
never looked back after a 14-4 run, eventually stretching their
advantage to 13 (75-62) late in the contest.
The Terriers more than doubled their first-half output and outscored the
Eagles 59-43 in the final 20 minutes.
"I thought our effort and our intensity and our passion and our
leadership was not good," said Price. "When things started going bad, I
thought our body language wasn't good and I think for a senior heavy
team, I was really disappointed with the way we fought back."
GSU senior Louis Graham (West Palm Beach, Fla.) led all scorers with a
career-high tying 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was joined in
double-figures by senior Dwayne Foreman (Apopka, Fla.) and sophomore
Antoine Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) who had 11 each.
Junior Salters paced the Terrier offense with 18 points and Noah Dahlman
came off the bench to add a career-best 17. Drew Gibson added 14 and 12
The Eagles return to action Saturday when they host Furman at 7:30 p.m.
Everyone who attends is encouraged to "Pack the House in Pink" to
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