Lions Roar Past GSW Men, 95-68

AMERICUS - A 16-4 run by Emmanuel College to open Monday's non-conference men's basketball game in the Storm Dome put Georgia Southwestern in a double-digit hole early and set the tone for a 95-68 loss.

GSW fell to 4-3 overall while Emmanuel won its eighth straight game and improved to 8-1.

The visiting Lions shot 57.6 percent in the first half, including 5 of 10 from beyond the arc, and pulled down 11 more rebounds (20-9) than GSW to take a 52-28 lead into the halftime break.

The Hurricanes trailed by more than 20 points the rest of the way.

Chandler Thomas and Damien Leonard led GSW with 14 points apiece. Thomas made all five of his field goal attempts and pulled down a team-best five rebounds. Leonard made 4 of 9 from beyond the arc to work towards his 14 points.

Elijah Robinson knocked down 8 of 12 shots and finished with a game-high 19 points to lead Emmanuel. Austin Greene drained all three of his attempts from beyond the arc and chipped in 17 points. Zach Lillie scored 13. Willy Akasson grabbed a game-high seven rebounds.

The Hurricanes open Peach Belt Conference play on Thursday when they host Augusta University at 7:30 p.m.