Georgia Southern football gets Georgia Southern’s first-ever win against Georgia Southern

The Bulldogs took over Georgia Southern in the first round of the NCAA tournament, knocking off the Eagles, 38-17, on Saturday night.

The Bulldogs’ first win since the 2011 season came against Georgia State in Atlanta.

Georgia Southern (4-2, 3-2 SEC) is coming off a 35-23 loss at Arkansas State on Saturday.

Sophomore guard Isaiah Bell was named the game’s first player of the game and the game was decided in the final seconds when senior guard Tyler Buford took a hard shot from behind to put the Bulldogs up 31-26.

Freshman guard Austin Lee led the way for Georgia Southern, with 13 points and seven rebounds.

He scored 11 of Georgia Southern’ 14 points in the second half, and freshman forward Matt Kivlehan added nine points and four rebounds.

Freshmen guard Anthony Allen (11 points) and sophomore guard Connor White (11) each scored 10 points.

Freshmens forward Justin Anderson (11, 3 points) also had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Georgia State (2-3, 1-3) came into the game ranked No. 7 in the AP poll.

Georgia Tech scored only two points in regulation, but the Bulldogs shot 56 percent from the field and made 16 of 31 3-pointers.

Georgia’s freshman guard Isaiah Jones had 11 points and six rebounds.

Tech’s offense was sluggish and the Bulldogs made only 11 of 23 3-point attempts.

Georgia scored the first 10 points of the second quarter, but Tech hit five 3s and had a season-high eight assists in the third quarter.

The Blue Raiders led 34-26 after the first quarter.

Georgia returned to the court at 8:18 p.m. with a 14-0 lead and extended its lead to 15-0 with a basket by Jones.

Tech answered with a 3-pointer from Jahlil Okafor and a basket from Austin Lee that put the game away.

Tech had 14 straight points before the Bulldogs scored eight straight points to cut the lead to 13-13 with 11:18 left in the period.

Tech scored 12 points in just under three minutes, but Georgia Southern closed the quarter with three straight points by Kivleson, a 3 and a layup by White.

Tech finished the quarter on a 23-3 run to get back within two.