Furman 27 23 50
Gasouthern 35 30 65
Date of game: 3/7/2014

Recap: Ga Southern vs. Furman

Asheville, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Jelani Hewitt tallied 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead Georgia Southern to an 65-50 victory over Furman in the first round of the Southern Conference Tournament.

Tre Bussey netted 14 and Angel Hayes had 10 points for the Eagles (14-18), who advanced to face No. 2 seed Chattanooga in Saturday's quarterfinals.

Charlie Reddick totaled 18 points and seven boards for the Paladins (9-21), who their third straight contest. Stephen Croone added 12 points, five rebounds and four assists in defeat.

Georgia Southern led by 10 with 7:47 left in the first half, but, an 11-4 run brought the Paladins within three, 25-22, with just under four minutes left. The Eagles outscored Furman 10-5 the rest of the way to carry a 35-27 lead into the locker room.

The Eagles opened the second half on a 24-8 tear to stretch their margin to 59-35 with 6 1/2 left to play. The Paladins fired back with nine straight to cut their deficit to 15 but came no closer the rest of the way.

Game Notes

Illinois State rallies into FCS title game

If ever there was doubt about the Missouri Valley Football Conference being the top conference in the FCS, Illinois State provided a reminder on Saturday.

Lions clinch playoff spot

Landover, MD (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions clinched a playoff spot on Saturday due to the Philadelphia Eagles' loss to the Washington Redskins.

Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Anthony to play in Knicks-Suns tilt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns after sitting out the team's previous outing due to soreness in his left knee.

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