STATESBORO, Ga. – Georgia Southern regained a one-point lead 67-66 with 19 seconds left to play and then held off a final Samford attempt to defeat the Southern Conference's preseason favorite. The Lady Eagles broke the Lady Bulldogs' seven-game winning streak, dropping Samford to 7-3 overall and 2-1 in the SoCon. Georgia Southern improved to 4-8 overall and 2-2 in the SoCon.
Junior Krista Tate (Atlanta, Ga.) scored the winning basket, her only two points of the second half, then promptly went down to defend on the other side of the court to preserve the win for the Lady Eagles. Junior Meredyth Frye (Fredericksburg, Va.) registered a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds and redshirt freshman MiMi DuBose (Jefferson, Ga.) led the Lady Eagles with 17points. DuBose nailed a critical three pointer at the 2:33 mark that gave GSU its first lead in the game since the 17:40 mark of the second half.
Two straight turnovers by Samford after DuBose's trey gave the Lady Eagles two possessions but neither resulted in a score. A Savannah Hill turnaround jumper with 46 seconds remaining gave the Lady Bulldogs their first field goal in five minutes and a brief one-point lead until Tate's final field goal for the one-point advantage, 67-66.
"I thought we came out focused and ready to play right off the bat," said Lady Eagles Head Coach Rusty Cram. "Everybody knew this game was going to be tight. All of our kids knew that Samford would come back. They are too good a team, they have won seven in a row and to beat them is just unbelievable. The kids came out focused these last three games, they haven't lost focus or enthusiasm. The team is really coming together right now. This is one of the best wins I've been a part of in 21 years here."
SAVANNAH, GA - The Lady Tigers of Savannah State were victorious over South Carolina Sttae 53-32. Courtney Long led the Lady Tigers with 13 points while Darice Fountaine added 8 points with 10 rebounds as SSU improved to 5-6 for the season.
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Brandon Peterson scored 19 points and Martavius Adams added 18 as Arkansas State pulled away from Savannah State in the second half for a 68-55 victory Monday night.
The Red Wolves (4-7) shot just 38.8 percent but made up for it with 29 offensive rebounds, which led to 19 second-chance points. The Tigers had only 21 rebounds overall.
Preston Blackmon scored 19 points to lead Savannah State (1-13), which has lost 13 straight.
Arkansas State trailed by 12 in the first half before taking a 33-31 advantage into halftime. The Red Wolves slowly built their lead to as many as 16 in the second half with strong inside play. They outscored the Tigers 28-18 in the paint and finished with 44 rebounds.