Graham’s 18 leads Georgia Southern over Western Carolina

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STATESBORO, Ga. (AP)—Louis Graham scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Georgia Southern to a 72-63 win over Western Carolina on Thursday night.

Western Carolina (7-16 overall, 3-10 Southern Conference) tied the game for the last time at 48-48 on Eric Wilson’s basket with 9:50 left to play. Georgia Southern (16-8, 9-5) then used a 5-0 run to take the lead for good, with Antoine Johnson’s basket with 8:32 left extending the lead to 53-48.

Brigham Waginger hit three 3-pointers in the closing minutes for Western Carolina to keep the Catamounts in the game. The third came with 1:50 left to cut the margin to 66-63, but Western Carolina could come no closer.

Brandon Giles scored 22 points to lead Western Carolina. Johnson had 16 for Georgia Southern.

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 Western Carolina
Brandon Giles Brandon Giles
8-17,  22 Pts
7 Rebs, 6 Assists
 Georgia Southern
Louis Graham Louis Graham
5-10,  18 Pts
9 Rebs, 1 Assists

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