Men’s Basketball Posts Another 20-Win Season
The men’s basketball squad opened up its 2017-18 season in a big way, topping Wake Forest 85-83 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Ike Smith’s 3-pointer from the corner tied the game with 59.6 seconds left and then the junior calmly sank two free throws for the lead with 3.6 seconds to go. It was the Eagles’ first win over an ACC opponent since an 83-78 victory at Virginia Tech in 2013.
The team went on to win 20 games on the year and placed third in the Sun Belt Regular season standings.
Georgia Southern guard Tookie Brown was named first-team All-Sun Belt for the third consecutive season. He becomes the first Eagle to accomplish the feat in Georgia Southern history.
Women’s Rifle Scores Well in Season Wrap-Up
The women’s rifle team closed out its 2017-18 season with an outstanding performance at the 2018 Southern Conference Rifle Championships. Rosemary Kramer scored First-Team All-SoCon honors and the Air Rifle Athlete of the Year award by placing second in the medal round. Courtney Weekley led the league with a 590 in the preliminary round which included a pair of perfect 100 series. Lydia Odlin earned Second Team All-SoCon honors.
“The Southern Conference Championships were a huge validation of the hard work the team has been doing,” said first-year head coach Sandra Worman. ”We look forward to applying everything we learned in the coming season.”
Golfer Fires 60, sets School Record
Steven Fisk of the men’s golf team fired a 12-under 60 in the second round at the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational in Hawaii to become the 13th college golfer to post that magic 60 number. The 60 was a school record as well as a course record.
Ellison a Rhino
Former Georgia Southern quarterback Kevin Ellison is the season-opening starter for the Milano Rhinos of the Italian Football League. The Rhinos dominated the league in 2016, winning the 2016 title and reaching the 2017 final. He’s playing under first-year coach Roberto D’Ambrosio, who was previously a linebacker for the Rhinos.
He joins several other Eagles who played professionally this year, including Matt Breida (49ers), Jerick McKinnon (Vikings), J.J. Wilcox (Steelers), Younghoe Koo (Chargers) and Ukeme Eligwe (Chiefs). Edwin Jackson (Colts) spent the season on the injured reserve while Montay Crockett (Jaguars) and Antwione Williams (Vikings) were on the practice squad.