Led by sophomore guard Elijah McCadden, who scored a career high 28 points with seven 3 pointers, Georgia Southern beat Mercer at home, 98-88, on Tuesday.
In the first half, the Eagles were down as many as 15 but were able to get their very first lead of the game since the opening possession with 1:37 left in the first half with key baskets by senior guard Ike Smith and McCadden. The crowd roared as the team finally found their rhythm.
The Eagles entered halftime leading 48-46, with McCadden’s 16 points in the forefront.
In the second half, GS carried their momentum as they came out and shot 68 percent from the field as a team.
Smith added 20 points, along with seven rebounds and four assists, and Simeon Carter had 19 points off the bench with 9-15 shooting.The Eagles as a team shot 12-29 from beyond the arc.
Mercer was led by guard Ethan Stair who continued his great season play as he scored 28 points while also grabbing nine rebounds. He also shot 6-10 from three point land.
With this win the Eagles now leads the all time series against Mercer with 74 wins to 39 losses.
The Eagles will be back in action Nov. 29 as they will be playing in the Hilton Garden Inn FGCU Classic. Their first game will be against Campbell University.
Elijah Jackson, The George-Anne Sports Reporter, email@example.com