STATESBORO, Ga. (WSAV) – Isaiah Crawley led Georgia Southern with 20 points and the defense came up strong as Georgia Southern men’s basketball downed Coastal Carolina 79-69.
The Eagles forced 17 turnovers and held the Chanticleers to an abysmal 0-for-14 shooting from behind the arc on their way to a third-straight Sun Belt conference win.
With a little over one minute left in the game, Coastal Carolina was able to pull within five points and put some pressure on Georgia Southern’s offense to respond. The Eagles held off the Chanticleers comeback and finished the game on a 7-2 run.
“Step on their necks,” junior guard Quan Jackson said. “We saw them pull within five and we said ‘alright it’s time to go.'”
With Georgia State’s win over Appalachian State, the Eagles (16-10, 10-5) remain firmly tied in second place with five conference games to go.
“It gets fun this time of year. Every game is stressful,” head coach Mark Byington said after the game. “It’s a lot of fun and alot of pressure but that’s what I want that’s what these guys want. If you aren’t playing meaningful games this time of year you are having a bad year.”
Georgia Southern has one more home game before hitting the road once again. The Eagles host Appalachian State Saturday at 4 p.m.
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