Despite having exactly zero points off the bench, Georgia Southern was powered by the dominant play of guard Jelani Hewitt and center Trent Wiedeman that supplied the dual effort to lift the Eagles to their fifth victory of the season. Wiedeman, the 6-9 senior provided a great presence inside for Bulls defenders to handle, finishing the game with 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks. But it was the Miramar, FL native Hewitt that was lights out throughout the game. The senior guard finished with 33 points, including five baskets from downtown, and showed the Sun Dome crowd why he is one of the Sun Belt’s leading scorers.
Coming off a 9 day layoff, USF played sloppily and without energy for several portions of the game. With only a four point deficit coming out of the half, the Bulls played one of the worst three minute stretches of the entire season, turning the ball over, committing five fouls, and allowing the Eagles to form a 12-0 run, prompting Coach Antigua to “wake up” his starting platoon through sitting them on the bench.
“I didn’t like our energy throughout stretches of the game,” Antigua said afterward, “The nine day layoff isn’t an excuse for the lack of energy. We have to bring it for all forty minutes of basketball.”
Star forward Chris Perry was able to record his second double-double of the season, while Dinero Merculius provided a jump off the bench with 13 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. However, their efforts weren’t enough to prevent the Bulls from dropping their third straight in a game where they only shot 10% from the three point line.
USF will now look towards Thursday where they hope to end their three game skid at home against former Big East conference foe Seton Hall. The game will be broadcasted on CBS Sports Network at 7 pm.