A Wise Decision

AMERICUS - Georgia Southwestern junior guard Tevin Wise sank 5 of 10 shots from beyond the arc Monday evening in the Storm Dome en route to a game-high 23 points to lead the Hurricanes past Flagler College, 84-74, in Peach Belt Conference action.

GSW improved its record to 4-2 at home, 4-8 overall and 2-3 in the PBC, while Flagler saw its mark dip to 6-5, 1-4 in conference play. The Hurricanes evened the all-time series record against Flagler during GSW's NCAA era to 5-5.

Trailing 7-4 in the early going, Devin Watson proceeded to knock down a trey that sparked a 24-5 run for GSW that was capped by 11 of the final 14 points coming from Wise.

The Hurricanes led 40-29 at the half.

It took nearly four minutes for GSW to score its first points of the second period, but Flagler had been quiet too, managing only three points during that stretch.

Brandon Price sandwiched a 3-pointer between a pair of 3-point buckets from Wise to help the Hurricanes stretch their lead to 57-40 with 11:58 remaining.

GSW looked to be cruising to the win, leading by 18 with 6:01 to go, until the Saints sank 3-pointers on three consecutive trips down the floor in the midst of a 14-6 run to pull within nine with 2:49 on the clock.

Watson found Cameron Clayton under the hoop for a quick layup with 1:09 remaining and the Hurricanes followed with four consecutive free throws in the final minute to seal the victory.     

Flagler entered the game ranked second in the PBC for holding opponents to the lowest 3-point shooting percentage (30.4 percent), but GSW paid no mind, finishing the game 10 of 22 from long range (45.5 percent). The Saints also ranked second in rebounding, but GSW won the battle on the boards for only the third time this season and kept Flagler 16 rebounds below their average. The Hurricanes dished out six more assists, 20-14, and had more bench points than their opponent for only the second time in 12 games.

Clayton provided the spark off the bench as he added 16 points behind 8 of 12 shooting and eight rebounds. Price scored 19 and dished out seven assists while Watson sank all six of his free throw attempts and added 13 points. 

Flagler was led by Cortlin Davis with 21 points. Jeffercy Jean scored 15 and Vaughn McCall chipped in 14. Chris Williams pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.

The Hurricanes hit the road for a three-game trip that starts 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Montevallo.