STATESBORO, Ga. (Feb. 8, 2003) - Julius Jenkins nailed a three-pointer with 44 seconds left to put Georgia Southern ahead and propel the Eagles to an 87-83 win over East Tennessee State Saturday night at Hanner Fieldhouse.
East Tennessee State (12-9, 6-4 Southern Conference) took their first lead since the 6:11 mark in the first half with 1:37 to go in the game when Zakee Wadood's trey gave the Buccaneers an 82-81 lead. Jenkins answered with the eventual game-winner to make the score 84-82. The Buccaneers had a chance to tie with 26 seconds left, but Kordel Gibson blocked Jerald Fields' jumper.
Jenkins added two free throws with 16 seconds showing to put the Eagles up by four. After Tim Smith split a pair from the line for ETSU, Jean Francois hit the second of two free tosses to provide the final margin.
Georgia Southern (12-9, 5-5 Southern Conference) fell behind by seven when James Anthony's basket made the score 27-20 with 8:21 to go in the half. The Eagles went on a 10-0 run over the next two minutes, and a Jenkins three gave GSU a 30-27 lead with 5:26 left in the stanza.
Jenkins finished with a game-high 27 points, followed by Frank Bennett's 20. Francois and Terry Williams each added 15, while Gibson totaled a career-best six assists.
ETSU was led by Smith, who scored a career-high 25 points, and Fields with 22. All five starters were in double-figures for the Bucs, and accounted for all 83 points.
East Tennessee State hosts Western Carolina at the Memorial Center on Monday night at 7:30 p.m.