AMERICUS, Ga. – On a Halloween Night that helped commemorate their first-ever PBC Division title and NCAA Division II Tournament appearance, the Georgia Southwestern Hurricanes brought a victorious effort to Monday night's exhibition against Baseline USA. A tight first half gave way in the second half as the Hurricanes settled for a 69-57 win.
GSW was led by reigning PBC Player of the Year, Phillip Brown, who tallied 22 points to go along with his six rebounds. He was one of four players in double figures in scoring for the Blue & Gold, which included Colin Slotter (16 points), newcomer Milos Kleut (13 points) and Evan Mobley (12 points).
The first half was a tight affair that saw several lead changes with Georgia Southwestern holding on to a single digit lead for a majority of the game's first twenty minutes. The Hurricanes headed into the break with a 30-27 lead.
The second half offense was paced by Phillip Brown who scored 14 of his 22 in the second frame. Much like the entire evening, the second half offense involved transfer point guard Marlon Rivera. Rivera had four of his seven assists in the half. He finished the game without scoring but tallied an impressive nine rebounds, seven assists and two steals.
Michael Morton of Baseline USA led the squad with 19 points and led all players with 11 rebounds. Mike Crain was the only other Baseline USA member to register double-digit points with 13.
The Hurricanes will look ahead to their final exhibition tune-up as they head to Tallahassee to take on the Florida State Seminoles. FSU, fresh off their "Sweet 16" NCAA Tournament appearance will host the Hurricanes at 7:00 pm on Monday, November 7th at the Donald L. Tucker Center.