STATESBORO, Ga. --- The Georgia Southern men's basketball team went 14:37 without a field goal in the second half and UNC Greensboro's 32-4 run keyed a 68-47 Spartan win Saturday afternoon at Hanner Fieldhouse.
The Eagles shot 16.0 percent (4-of-25) in the final period while UNCG hit 50.0 percent (11-of-22) from the floor.
UNC Greensboro evens its record at 6-6 and 3-1 in the Southern Conference while Georgia Southern falls to 6-6 and 0-2.
The loss is the worst home defeat under Price and is the biggest setback at Hanner since losing 68-45 to The Citadel on Jan. 31, 1998. It is just the third home loss in the last 40 games for GSU.
The Spartans' Kyle Hines led all players with 20 points and 13 rebounds. It marks the 33rd straight game he has scored in double figures and it is his 27th career double-double, tying a school mark.
Ricky Hickman added 18 points and Mikko Koivisto had 16 off the bench.
For the Eagles, senior Donte Gennie (Tallahassee, Fla.) tallied 17 and junior Dwayne Foreman (Apopka, Fla.) had 10. Junior Louis Graham (West Palm Beach, Fla.), who had four straight double-doubles coming into the contest, was held to eight points and nine boards.
"The key was going 14 minutes without a basket," said GSU head coach Jeff Price after the game. "You're not going to win many games when go that long without scoring a basket. I thought they did a nice job in the second half with their zones. The bottom line is, in the first half we were making shots and in the second half we weren't. It's hard to keep playing inspired when you're missing so many shots."
The Eagles led 35-29 at halftime and were up eight, 40-32, with 17:47 to go in the game when the run started. Koivisto opened the scoring with a lay-up and a steal and lay-up combination from Hickman cut the lead to four.
A jumper from Gennie at the 16:23 mark would be GSU's last for over 14 minutes. Koivisto hit a ‘3', and after a free throw from senior Jimmy Tobias (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), Hines answered with two from the charity stripe. Koivisto put the Spartans on top for the first time since 16:28 in the first half with another trifecta.
Hines hit a lay-up for a 48-43 lead with just under 10 minutes to play. A Foreman free throw cut the deficit to four, but Koivisto responded with yet another trey to spark a 16-0 run.
"We had some open looks that Dwayne and Donte had in the first half and we just didn't make them. I thought they did a nice job on Louis, they double-teamed him all night and took him out of the game. We have to have other post players answer."
Georgia Southern kicks off the 2007 calendar year Tuesday against Pikeville. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.