AMERICUS - Georgia Southwestern senior guard Brandon Price scored a game-high 30 points on Monday afternoon in the Storm Dome, but it wasn't enough as the Hurricanes dropped a Peach Belt Conference tilt against UNC Pembroke, 78-62.
GSW had its two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 3-6 overall, 1-1 in the PBC, while UNC Pembroke remained perfect in conference play (2-0) and won its third game in a row overall to improve to 8-2 this season.
Cameron Dozier made a layup with 7:50 left in the first half to put the Hurricanes on top, 17-16, for their final lead of the afternoon. UNC Pembroke scored on its next possession and eventually closed out the final 3:38 of the opening session on a 13-3 run to take a 41-28 lead into the halftime break.
The Braves used the first nine minutes of the second half to stretch their lead to a game-high 21 points, 62-41, but Price and the Hurricanes would not go away.
Following a pair of Tevin Wise free throws, Price scored 17 consecutive points for GSW to pull within eight, 68-60, with 5:24 to play.
The Hurricanes ran out of gas however, as they missed their next five shots and four free throws to allow UNC Pembroke to stretch its lead back to double digits, 74-62, with 2:41 to go.
The Braves entered Monday's matchup with the Peach Belt's most steals per game (9.9) and they maintained that figure by taking 10 away from the Hurricanes. The Braves controlled the glass, 42-33, and dished out five more assists than GSW, 15-10. Neither team was strong at the charity stripe as the Braves missed half of their attempts (14 of 28) and GSW missed 9 of 20.
Wise turned in his best offensive effort of the season by scoring 12 points off the bench and grabbing a team-best five rebounds. Dozier added 11 points and matched Wise with five boards.
Brandon Watts and Alex Bradley scored 15 points apiece to lead UNC Pembroke. Akia Pruitt scored 13 and grabbed a game-high seven rebounds. James Murray-Boyles came off the bench to add 14 points and Nigel Grant matched Pruitt with seven boards.
The Hurricanes are off until Jan. 5, when they travel to Augusta University.