STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - Quan Jackson says it’s not the biggest shot of his career.
“State championship game,” Jackson told the Georgia Southern Radio Network.
Maybe it’s not the biggest of his life, but it was the biggest of his Eagle career so far. Jackson’s corner three fell as time expired to give Georgia Southern a 79-78 win over ULM Thursday night.
“At first, it looked good,” Jackson told the Radio Network. “But I was getting jumped on, so I couldn’t really see it.”
The redshirt sophomore from Tallahassee, FL didn’t need to see it to know it went in. The Georgia Southern crowd exploded at the buzzer, and Jackson, shooting from right in front of the Eagle bench, was mobbed by his teammates.
“I was still in my shooting form. Next thing I know, I’m getting pushed to halfcourt,” Jackson laughed.
ULM took a 78-76 lead on a pair of free throws from Daishon Smith with 4.8 seconds to play. After a timeout, Tookie Brown raced down the floor, drew two Warhawk defenders, and kicked it to a wide open Jackson in the corner.
“We were just trying to get a quick shot, get to the rim,” Jackson told the Radio Network. “But when they double teamed Tookie, I was wide open and I got the shot.”
“I told [Quan] and Calvin Wishart to be ready. I knew if they ran guys at Tookie, he would find the right pass and the right play,” head coach Mark Byington told the Radio Network. “It was just a great pass and a tremendous shot.”
The win is significant for Byington as well. It’s his 100th victory as a head coach at Georgia Southern.
Southern trailed the Warhawks by 11 at half, but took their first lead of the game with just over a minute to play. Brown led the Eagles with 22 points, while Isaiah Crawley added 17 points and 12 rebounds in the win.
The Eagles improve to 10-6 on the season and 2-1 in Sun Belt play. After being away from Hanner Fieldhouse for nearly a month, Southern is now on a short home stand.
They’ll host Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday afternoon in Statesboro. Tip off is set for 5:00 p.m.