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DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 30, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Hanner Fieldhouse (4,358) -- Statesboro, Georgia. Television: None. Home Record: Citadel 4-6, GSU 6-3. Away Record: Citadel 0-10, GSU 2-8. Neutral Record: Citadel 0-2, GSU 1-1. Conference Record: Citadel 0-7, GSU 2-4. Series Record: Georgia Southern leads, 29-20.
GAME NOTES: The Citadel Bulldogs continue their search for their first true road win of the season as they visit Hanner Fieldhouse for a Southern Conference matchup with the Georgia Southern Eagles.
The Citadel lost for the 10th time in a row on Saturday as it suffered a 78-60 setback at home to Western Carolina. The Bulldogs have defeated just one Division I school during their 4-18 season so far although they came close and lost a pair of games in overtime in January. Coach Chuck Driesell's team has been outscored by 6.7 ppg, which is the second worst scoring margin average among SoCon schools.
The Eagles lost, 82-52, at Davidson on Saturday after they were outscored, 30-9, from beyond the arc and outrebounded, 46-26. GSU has lost four of its last five games to fall to a 9-12 overall record which includes a 2-4 mark in conference play. Coach Mark Byington's team has been held under the 70-point mark in five of its last seven outings. GSU is one of the better teams in the SoCon defensively, allowing 73.1 ppg on 44.9 percent shooting from the field.
The Eagles are 29-20 versus the Citadel in the history of the series. The Bulldogs came out of their trip to Hanner Fieldhouse last season with a 70-55 victory, but then fell, 78-57, to GSU at home on Feb. 14.
Matt Van Scyoc has been playing very well for the Citadel despite the team's overall poor performance. Van Scyoc continued to stand out in the loss to the Catamounts as he set new career-highs in points (25) and made free-throw attempts (12). The 6-foot-6 sophomore wing is ranked eighth in the SoCon in scoring at 15.9 ppg and freshman Brian White is leading all rookies in the league with 13.2 ppg. Ashton Moore is chiming in with 12.4 ppg and has knocked down 43 shots from 3-point range. White and Moore tallied 11 points apiece in the team's loss to WCU. The Catamounts dominated down low by winning the rebounding battle, 43-27, and outscoring The Citadel in the paint, 38-17.
Jelani Hewitt netted 13 points and Tre Bussey contributed 11 for the Eagles in their lopsided loss to Davidson. Hewitt, who is leading all SoCon players with 20.2 ppg, has scored in double-figures in all but one of his 21 appearances this season. Bussey is also among the league's scoring leaders with 17.2 ppg, but GSU does not have another player carrying a double-digit scoring average. Hewitt and Bussey combined to go 9-of-29 from the floor versus the Wildcats and the team connected on only 33.3 percent of its field goal attempts as a unit.
Davidson is a much better defensive squad than the Citadel, which means Bussey and Hewitt should get a lot more open looks than they did in their last appearance. Although the Bulldogs have some talented upperclassmen, they lack the senior leadership needed to succeed on the road.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Georgia Southern 84, Citadel 60
01/30 10:34:00 ET
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