W. Carolina 83, Georgia Southern 68

Brandon Giles scored 19 points, 16 of them in the first half,

and Western Carolina defeated Georgia Southern 83-68 on Thursday


The Catamounts (18-5, 8-3 Southern Conference) shot 51.5 percent

(35-for-68) from the field, including 65.0 percent (26-for-40) by

their starters.

Giles made 7 of 9 shots in the first half, which ended with

Western Carolina ahead 42-31, and finished 8-for-14. Adrian

Gailliard had 15 points on 7-for-7 shooting and Mike Williams added

14 points, shooting 7-for-10,

The Eagles (6-18, 3-18) got no closer than seven points in the

second half, pulling within 60-53 with 10:21 left. The Catamounts

answered with a 10-3 run for a 70-56 lead with 6:40 left.

Colby Wohlleb scored a career-best 22 points for Georgia

Southern, including six 3-pointers. Rory Spencer pulled down nine

rebounds for the Eagles and blocked five shots.