Hawks Fall To #2 Georgia Highlands
In a back-and-forth affair that had the feel of a heavyweight championship bout, the #2 Georgia Highlands Chargers pulled away in the second half Saturday afternoon to defeat the #18 South Georgia State College Hawks 90-78.
Tyrone Sam led the Hawks (23-5, 10-4) with 29 points, six rebounds, and four steals. Andre Elam and Dunavon Robinson each finished with 12 points to round out the top scorers. Elam grabbed 13 rebounds and had three assists, three blocked shots, and three steals. Robinson had seven rebounds and four assists.
The game featured eight ties and 10 lead changes. The Chargers jumped out to a 10-0 lead to open the game, and the Hawks battled back to take their first lead on a Russell Keyhea layup with 3:00 left in the first half. After trailing at the half 37-36, the Hawks built a 48-40 lead midway through the second half. The Chargers capitalized on some late SGSC turnovers to put together a run that would clinch the win.
“It was a great crowd and a great game atmosphere,” said head coach Cory Baldwin. “You have to credit them (Georgia Highlands) for forcing some key turnovers and scoring on them. I hope we will be able to learn a lot from this game.”
SGSC will host Gordon State Tuesday night in the final home game of the regular season. The Hawks have clinched the #2 seed in the upcoming GCAA Conference Tournament. The team will host a quarterfinal game with date and opponent to be announced following the conclusion of the regular season.
General admission to all regular season home games is five dollars with children five and under admitted free.
TOP PHOTO: Tyrone Sam had 29 points Saturday afternoon against #2 Georgia Highlands.
BOTTOM PHOTO: Alumni from SGSC and the former Waycross College and South Georgia College enjoyed Alumni Day with SGSC President Dr. Virginia Carson (center) Saturday afternoon at the SGSC-Georgia Highlands basketball game.