The No. 3 seeded Georgia Southern Eagles escaped over No. 6 seed Chattanooga Mocs, 76-70 to advance to the quarterfinals of the SoCon tournament. Georgia Southern started off slow against Chattanooga and was trailing by eight at the half, but then they turned it around. In the first half Chattanooga's defense smothered Georgia Southern and held them to 37 percent shooting.
In the second half Georgia Southern's offense came alive and finally took their first lead with 4:33 left after a 10-2 run to go up 66-64, and from that point forward Georgia Southern would not relinquish that lead.
Sophomore Eric Ferguson led GSU with 26 points and eight rebounds, while Jelani Hewitt added 15 points and nine rebounds.
Georgia Southern next takes on No. 3 seeded Phoenix Elon at 8:30 p.m.
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