NCAA Game Summary - Furman at Georgia Southern
(Thursday, January 16th)
Final Score: Georgia Southern 88, Furman 81 (OT)
Statesboro, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tre Bussey finished with 26 points to lead the Georgia Southern Eagles to an 88-81 overtime victory over the Furman Paladins in Southern Conference battle at Hanner Fieldhouse.
Jelani Hewitt and Angel Matias each added 21 points for the Eagles (9-9. 2-1 SoCon).
For the Paladins (6-12, 0-5), Stephen Croone led the way with 26 points but also committed seven turnovers. Kendrec Ferrara finished with 21 points, Adonis Rwabigwi scored 12 and Larry Wideman chipped in with 10.
Furman shot well to start the contest, hitting on 53.8 percent from the field, including 3-of-9 from 3-point range, as the Paladins took a 34-31 lead into the break. GSU shot just 38.7 percent from the field, but connected on 5-of-11 from beyond the arc to keep the margin close.
After halftime, the Eagles found their range, making 56.5 percent of their shots from the field, including 5-of-9 from 3-point distance. The Paladins stayed hot from the floor as well, shooting 63.6 percent and making 4-of-6 3- pointers. GSU trailed by seven, 67-60, with just over four minutes to play before running off seven straight to tie the game. After the Paladins pushed their lead back to four, 71-67, with just 1:36 remaining in regulation, the Eagles scored the final four points of the half, capped off when Hewitt knocked in a 3-pointer with 21 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game and send it to overtime. The Paladins had a chance to win the game on the final possession of regulation but could not get a shot off before time expired.
With the scored tied at 74-74 in the extra session, GSU ran off five-straight points to take a lead it would never relinquish, as it held on for the victory and kept Furman without a win in league play.
GSU has the edge on the boards, outrebounding Furman 35-33. The Paladins outscored the Eagles in the paint, 42-38.
01/16 22:54:54 ET