January 19, 2004
Spartanburg, S.C. - Georgia Southern built a 20 point first half lead and withstood a second half Wofford rally to defeat the Terriers 82-73 in Southern Conference action at Johnson Arena Monday evening. The win was the Eagles' ninth consecutive victory.
Georgia Southern (13-3, 4-1) opened the game on fire as it jumped out to a 29-10 advantage.
The Eagles finished the half on a 15-8 run to lead 42-24 at the half.
The Eagles shot 63.0% in the frame while holding the Terriers to just 29.6%.
The Eagles opened a 22 point lead, at 63-41, early in the second half before Wofford began its run.
The Terriers scored 11 of the next 13 points to cut the deficit to 65-52 and, after a pair of GSU baskets, scored nine-of-11 points to cut its deficit to 71-61.
A Terry Williams three and a Bennett free throw stretched Georgia Southern's lead to 75-61 before a Tyler Berg dunk and four Wofford free throws cut the Terrier deficit to 75-68.
Bennett added another free throw before Wilkerson connected on the final Wofford basket of the game to cut the GSU lead to 76-70.
A Gennie lay-up and a pair of free throws from Gennie and Nesbitt sealed the Eagle win.
Nesbitt led the Eagles with 23 points while Bennett finished with 20 and Williams 17.
The win was the ninth-straight for the Eagles, their longest winning streak since winning 10 straight during the 1989-90 season.
Georgia Southern returns to action Saturday, January 24 when it hosts SoCon South Division leader College of Charleston in Hanner Fieldhouse at 2:00 p.m.
The second annual Hanner Hooligan Tailgate Party will take place prior to the game.
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