Feb. 17, 2010
Statesboro, Ga. - Willie Powers scored 21 points to lead four Georgia Southern players in double figures as the Eagles rallied to clip Furman 79-77 in Southern Conference men's basketball action on Wednesday night at Hanner Fieldhouse.
With the win, Georgia Southern snapped a four-game skid and improved to 7-20 overall and 4-10 in the SoCon. Furman slipped to 12-14 overall and 6-9 in league play.
Georgia Southern used an 18-4 run late in the second half to erase a seven-point Furman lead and put the Eagles ahead for good. With Furman leading 63-56 with 6:57 remaining, Powers scored nine of his team-high 21 points over a five-minute stretch and Georgia Southern held Furman to just two field goals over a 6:34 stretch to take control of the game and earn a season split against the Paladins.
A Justin Dehm layup and a pair of Amu Saaka dunks in the final 23 seconds helped Furman twice pull within two points, but Powers and Antonio Hanson combined to drain 3-of-4 free throws to secure the victory.
Ben Drayton scored 15 points, Rory Spencer tallied 13 points and Hanson added 11 to join Powers in double figures for the Eagles who shot 48.1% (26-54) from the floor. Georgia Southern converted on 5-of-12 three-point attempts and 22-of-31 trips to the foul line.
Saaka connected on 11-of-15 field goal attempts to lead the Paladins with 27 points. Forward Brandon Sebirumbi added a career-high 15 points while Dehm and Jordan Miller added 13 and 10 points, respectively. Furman shot 48% (24-50) from the floor, but made only 2-of-10 three-pointers. The Paladins, who were guilty of 20 turnovers, held a 36-28 rebounding advantage and made good on 27-of-34 trips to the charity stripe.
The Paladins held a 34-32 lead at the half and extended their lead to four points after intermission before Georgia Southern took a 40-36 lead on an 8-0 run. Furman answered later in the period with a 16-5 run to regain the advantage before going cold from the field.
Furman concludes a three-game road trip on Saturday and plays its final away game of the regular season when it faces Davidson at Belk Arena. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
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