From staff reports
AMERICUS – The Georgia Southwestern State University men’s basketball team (GSW) edged Lander University 62-61 for their first win of the season in the Peach Belt Conference on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 22, at the Stormdome. The Hurricanes cut a six-point halftime deficit and ended a buzzer-beater attempt to complete the comeback on the Bearcats.
The first half went quickly with neither team having had a foul. Both teams struggled on their few attempts at the foul line, shooting 25% and 33.3% respectively. Lander made six from beyond the three-point line, which accounted for 18 of their 31 points.
GSW Senior Guard Donte Tatum led the Hurricanes with eight before halftime and GSW entered the locker room trailing the Bearcats 31-25 at halftime.
The second half was much more physical for both sides and both teams increased the intensity after the break. GSW Freshman Guard Jarrett Adderton found his way to the free throw line often converting his seven attempts from the line. Tatum continued his pace in the first half scoring 12 points with five rebounds and two assists. The Hurricanes took a 62-60 lead with 1:10 left in the game and both teams traded missed baskets until LU’s DaJuan Moore made one of his two free throw attempts to reduce advance to one. A last-second inbound play was interrupted by junior GSW guard Devon Higgs, who forced the Bearcats into an errant shot as the buzzer sounded. The shot attempt missed the rim and the Hurricanes ended their losing streak, beating the Bearcats 62-61.
Tatum came close to signing a double-double for the Hurricanes in that game. He led GSW with 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Adderton was also in double figures with 14 points and junior forward Kevin Kone had nine in the winning cause.
GSW (5-10, 1-6 PBC) won’t have much time to celebrate. The Hurricanes must now focus on Young Harris College, which they will host at the Storm Dome on Monday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m.