AMERICUS, Ga. — After dropping an instant classic in heartbreaking fashion in double overtime at Clayton State less than 48 hours earlier, No. 17 Georgia Southwestern was looking to avoid a hangover against Clearwater on Friday afternoon. The Hurricanes stumbled out of the gate before winning in convincing fashion 106-70.
It was a balanced attack for the Hurricanes as all five starters scored in double figures. They were led by Colin Slotter (26 points) and Evan Mobley (22 points). The backcourt duo was an efficient pair as they would combine to go 17-26 from the field, seven of eight from the line and record a combined ten assists.
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Marlon Rivera also stuffed the stat sheet for the Hurricanes. The senior finished the afternoon with ten points, eight rebounds, six assists and five steals.
Georgia Southwestern shot 60.3 percent from the field and converted 14 of their 16 free throw attempts. GSW clamped down on defense with 17 steals and out-rebounded Clearwater 41-25. The Blue & Gold totaled 29 assists as a team with Slotter, Rivera and Jamon Hawkins all recording six assists each.
Clearwater’s Matt Wells was the game’s leading scorer with 30 points, which accounted for 43 of the Cougar offense.
The Blue & Gold were shaking off the cobwebs for the game’s first 13 minutes as the visiting Cougars would actually lead by four points with just seven minutes to go in the half. The Hurricanes would go into the half leading by only five points 41-36.
The Cougars’ Todd Wahlberg did all of his damage in the first half scoring 12 points on four of five shooting from beyond the arc. Wells would tally 10 of his 30 points in the initial frame, while Phillip Brown registered 10 points and two rebounds in the first half as well for Clearwater.
The Canes came out of halftime with a 28-point outburst in the second half’s first nine minutes. When the lead was pushed to 69-51, GSW head coach Mike Leeder was ejected after receiving two technical fouls. With assistant coach Stephen Cox at the helm for the game’s final ten minutes, the Blue & Gold would double the 18-point lead to 36 points by game’s end.
The victory pushes Georgia Southwestern’s record to 7-2 (0-2 PBC) on the season.