NCAA Game Summary - Georgia Southern at Western Carolina
(Saturday, February 4th)
Final Score: Georgia Southern 68, Western Carolina 65
Cullowhee, NC (Sports Network) - Jelani Hewitt scored 18 points and swiped five steals to push the Georgia Southern Eagles to a 68-65 victory over the Western Carolina Catamounts in Southern Conference action at the Ramsey Center.
Ben Drayton III added 14 points for the Eagles (10-12, 8-4 SoCon), as they won their fourth game in five tries. Eric Ferguson added 13 points and eight rebounds in the victorious effort.
Western Carolina (10-15, 4-8) was led by Keaton Cole's 17 points, while Harouna Mutombo came off the bench to add 16 points and six rebounds. Trey Sumler contributed 12 points and four assists for the Catamounts.
Georgia Southern took a 33-30 lead into intermission after it shot 56.5 percent from the field in the opening period. The Catamounts connected on 6- of-9 from three-point range to stay within striking distance.
Western Carolina erased the halftime deficit and held a 52-46 lead with 10:50 remaining in the contest. The conference foes went back and forth before Willie Powers gave the Eagles a 66-65 lead with 1:40 left to play. Hewitt added a pair of free throws to put Georgia Southern up three and Preston Ross missed a potential game-tying three-point attempt at the buzzer to give the Eagles the victory. Both teams went 3-of-8 from beyond the arc in the final 20 minutes of action.
The Eagles dominated inside as they held a 31-23 advantage in the rebounding battle and outscored the Catamounts, 36-18, in the paint.
02/04 17:05:34 ET