- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) - Jelani Hewitt scored 17 points with four 3-pointers and Angel Matias added 14 as Georgia Southern defeated Arkansas-Little Rock 76-61 on Saturday night.

Hewitt also added six assists for Georgia Southern (15-4, 8-2 Sun Belt), which maintains a slender hold on first place in conference. The Eagles dropped 12 3-pointers in 28 tries while Arkansas-Little Rock was just 6 of 22 from long range.

Curtis Diamond scored 13 for Georgia Southern.

Josh Hagins led Arkansas-Little Rock with 15 points - reaching double figures in six straight games - while Mareik Isom scored 10 points for the Trojans (8-13, 3-8). Hagins also hauled down seven rebounds.

The Trojans led 13-5 early and it took three straight 3-pointers - by Jake Allsmiller, Matias and Mike Hughes - for Georgia Southern to surge ahead 27-25 just before the break. Georgia Southern ended the first half on a 6-3 run and never trailed after.


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