Jelani Hewitt led all scorers with 22 points, and Georgia Southern scored 29-straight points in the first half en route to posting an 83-52 Southern Conference men's basketball victory over The Citadel Thursday night in Hanner Fieldhouse.
Hewitt was 8-for-10 from the floor for Georgia Southern (10-12, 3-4), made 4-of-6 from long distance and dished out five assists. Curtis Diamond scored 13, and Tre Bussey tallied 12 points, five assists and seven rebounds. Brian Holmes chipped in 11 points and six assists.
Ashton Moore led The Citadel (4-19, 0-8) with 14 points and five rebounds, while Brian White scored eight and Matt Van Scyoc tallied seven points and four boards.
The Eagles shot 53 percent from the floor and canned 11-of-22 from downtown in dealing the Bulldogs their worst loss of the season. GSU also held The Citadel to 35 percent shooting from the floor, including 1-for-13 from 3-point range.
"The Davidson game showed us how hard we have to play on the defensive side, and we worked a lot harder on that tonight," said Georgia Southern coach Mark Byington. "I want our guys to realize the reason for success and that was defense."
After The Citadel netted the first six points of the contest, Georgia Southern held the Bulldogs scoreless for the next 12:03 while erupting for 29 points. Holmes ignited the run with a conventional 3-point play and scored six, and the Eagles held the Bulldogs to 0-for-17 from the floor during the stretch.
The Eagles wound up shooting 54 percent from the field for the half while holding The Citadel to 27 percent, and Georgia Southern led 38-17 at the break.
Consecutive triples by Bussey sparked a 20-4 Georgia Southern run early in the second half to blow the contest open. Hewitt scored seven points during the stretch, and Diamond chipped in five. The margin grew to as many as 39 points at 83-44 on a layup by Grayson Clark with three minutes remaining.
The Eagles return to action by traveling to UNCG for a 5 p.m. SoCon contest Saturday in the Greensboro Coliseum.