GSW Hurricanes get swept in the Carolinas

Published 6:16 am Tuesday, January 22, 2019

From Staff Reports


PEMBROKE, NC – After a hard-fought 72-69 loss at Francis Marion University on Saturday, January 19, the Georgia Southwestern State University men’s basketball team was hoping to make the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday memorable for other reasons: the halting of an eight- game losing streak and earning their first Peach Belt Conference win. However, the Braves of UNC Pembroke (13-2, 8-1 PBC) had five players score in double figures to lead the Braves to an 86-72 win over the Hurricanes.

GSW (2-13, 0-9) has now lost nine in a row and is still winless in the Peach Belt Conference.

The first half was a tightly-contested half between both teams, with UNCP leading only by five at halftime 39-34.

However, the Braves outscored the Hurricanes 47-38 in the second half to take the victory.

The Hurricanes had three players in double figures. Quenten Taylor led GSW with 19 points on 7 of 12 shooting. Devin Watson scored 17 points and Andre Statam scored 15 points in the losing cause. Nine of Statam’s points came on three-pointers.

The Hurricanes shot 34.4 percent from the field (22 of 64) and shot 6 for 20 from beyond the arc (30 percent). They shot 22 for 31 from the foul line (71 percent) and were outrebounded 45-37 by UNCP.

The Braves shot 53 percent from the field (35 of 66) and 5 for 16 from beyond the arc (31.3 percent). They made 11 of 19 foul shots, shooting 57.9 percent. The Braves dominated the Hurricanes in the assist category. They dished out 24 assists while the Hurricanes only tallied nine.

Five UNCP players scored in double figures. Akia Pruitt led the Braves with 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds. James Murray-Boyles and Spencer Levi each scored 14 points. Levi also grabbed 12 rebounds, posting a double-double. David Strother scored 11 points and Cam Hamilton scored 10 points to round out the double-digit scoring.

The Hurricanes will try once again to stop their nine-game losing streak and earn their first win in the PBC when they host Flagler College on Wednesday, January 23. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.