You can't ask for a much better look to tie a game than Georgia Southern had not just once, but twice.
David Lee Jones, Jr.'s attempt from point blank range rimmed out, as did Montae Glenn's putback, and the Eagles dropped a 55-53 affair Saturday night to Cal State Bakersfield.
"We got all the way to the rim, and we had a point blank tip-in," head coach Mark Byington told GSEagles.com. "I thought in the last two minutes, we did exactly what we were supposed to do. That play was one of the better ones we executed. Sometimes, the ball just doesn't fall in."
Mike Hughes tied the game at 53 with a three-point play with 16 seconds to play. But Hughes then fouled Ricky Holden at halfcourt, sending the Roadrunner guard to the line. Holden sank them both to give CSUB a 55-53 lead with ten seconds to play.
"I like this team because guys are really upset and frustrated, and as a coach, I love that because it means they care," Byington says. "Our guys care, and they showed it tonight."
The Eagles were forced to play much of the second half without Tookie Brown due to foul trouble. Brown fouled out with 3:08 to play, and scored seven points in just 27 minutes.
Glenn had 13 points and seven rebounds to lead Georgia Southern, who falls to 8-3 with the loss. The long road trip continues Tuesday night at Kennesaw State.