Men’s basketball hosts Savannah State tonight

Sean Shapiro and Sean Shapiro

After a second half collapse against Savannah State last season, BG (2-3) will be looking for revenge as they host the Tigers tonight in Anderson Arena.

In a game played at Savannah State, BG jumped out to an early lead and led at 35-14 at half time.

But 17 points in the first 5:24 of the second half allowed the Tigers to cut the lead to single digits, before eventually taking the lead late to win 57-54.

BG’s last game they held off a second half rally as Florida International outscored BG 36-28 after halftime, but couldn’t come back as the hosts held on for a 67-62 win.

‘We persevered, we grinded it out. Our defense really got the job done for us, even when they made their run in the second half,’ BG coach Louis Orr said. ‘We kept fighting and we kept playing and that is what you have to do.’

The win was also big for the Falcons, since it gave BG an added confidence if an opponent starts to come back in the second half later this season.

‘It was a good win, because it gave us confidence, and know that we can win games and tough situations,’ guard Dee Brown said.

Brown was also a big reason BG held on for the win over FIU, as he scored 11 of his 20 points in the second half, including his team’s final two field goals of the contest.

‘Dee Brown came up big, because he made some baskets that kept the scoreboard moving,’ Orr said.

The 20-point outburst was a career high for Brown who has averaged a team high 10.8 points a game this season. Like Brown, Scott Thomas and Otis Polk are also averaging over 10 points a game for a Falcon team that is averaging 64 points a game.

Meanwhile, Savannah State (4-3) has struggled to score the basketball this season averaging 53.1 points per game. The Tigers have been particularly bad on offense in losses this season, averaging 44.6 points per game in their three losses.

Tracy Rankins is the only double-digit scorer for the Tigers, averaging 12.3 points a game.

Struggles to score for the Tigers are in a large part due to their inability to convert from behind the three-point arc shooting 24 percent.

Despite their offensive struggles, one of Savannah’s strengths this season has been rebounding the basketball. At 6-foot-7 center Arnold Louis has been averaging 8.6 rebounds a contest and should prove to be a tough match up for BG center Otis Polk.’