Georgia Southern 80, Samford 78 / Final

Sat, January 4, 2014 2:00 pm (ET GMT)   Conference: Southern  
Location: Hanner Fieldhouse • Statesboro, GA  
Bulldogs (78)
Eagles (80)
Score by Half: Samford 33-45 - 78   Georgia Southern 40-40 - 80  
Team Rebounds: Samford 2, Georgia Southern 0
Officials: Frankie Bordeaux, T. Jerome Hall, Joey Richardson
Attendance: 1,018
Top Performances
1Tim Williams (SAMF) 23 pts (7/12 fg), 1/1 3fg, 8 reb
2Tre Bussey (GASO) 22 pts (6/11 fg), 1/3 3fg, 6 reb
3Jelani Hewitt (GASO) 23 pts (6/11 fg), 5/8 3fg, 3 reb
Game Forecasts
ELO Ratings: Before SAMF 973 (#304), GASO 1081 (#165)  After SAMF 967 (#304), GASO 1087 (#165)
ELO Points Transfer: 6
AP Game Recap

STATESBORO, Ga. -- Jelani Hewitt scored 23 points and Tre Bussey added 22 more Saturday as Georgia Southern held off Samford 80-78 to win its final Southern Conference opener.

The Eagles (8-8, 1-0 Southern) took the lead midway through the first half on a 12-1 run that included 3-pointers by Hewitt and Brian Holmes, carrying a 40-33 advantage into the break and then holding off two Samford challenges in the second half to preserve the win.

Kyle Doyle contributed 12 points and Holmes had 10 for Georgia Southern, which is leaving the Southern Conference at the end of this season to play in the Sun Belt Conference.

Samford (6-11, 0-2) opened the second half with a 6-1 spurt fueled by Chris Longoria, who hit a 3-pointer and two layups to shave Georgia Southern's lead to a point at 41-39, but couldn't regain the lead.

Tim Williams led the Bulldogs with 23 points.

News Articles
Ties: 1   Lead Changes: 4   Biggest Lead: GASO +12   Run: SAMF 11-1 (1-01:37 to 2-18:00)
Play by Play
Matchup History
Season Series: Georgia Southern, 1-0 Previous 3 Seasons: Samford, 3-2 Since 1990: Georgia Southern, 10-5
GASO 103 SAMF 92

More Info & Glossary

MIN: Minutes, PTS: Points, FGM: Field Goals Made, FGA: Field Goals Attempted, FG%: Field Goal Percentage, 3FM: 3-Pt FG Made, 3FA: 3-Pt FG Attempted, 3FG%: 3-Pt FG Percentage, 2FM: 2-Pt Made, 2FA: 2-Pt FG Attempted, FTM: Free Throws Made, FTA: Free Throws Attempted, FT%: Free Throw Percentage, OREB: Offensive Rebounds, REB: Total Rebounds, AST: Assists, STL: Steals, BLK: Blocks, TO: Turnovers, PF: Points For, Eff: Efficiency score, UsgRt: Usage Rate (estimate of the percentage of team plays used by a player), PrRt: Presence Rate, PS: Performance score, O/U: Over/underperform vs. season perf score average

PTS: Points, Poss: Possessions, O-PPP: Points/Possession, Pace: Possessions per 40 Minutes, TS%: True Shooting (weights 3FG, 2FG, FT), eFG%: Effective Field Goal %, ORB%: Offensive Rebound %, DRB%: Defensive Rebound %, TOV%: Turnover %, FT/FGA: Free Throws/FG Attempts

BenchPts: Bench Points, 2ndChance: Second Chance Points, InPaint: Points in the Paint, OffTO: Points Off Turnovers, Fastbreak: Fast break Points, TimePoss: Time Of Possession

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