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Georgia Southern's Eric Ferguson to Sit Out 2013-14 Season

Georgia Southern has lost their leading scorer and rebounder for the 2013-14 season. Can the Eagles still survive in their final year in the Southern Conference?

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Mark Byington's first year at Georgia Southern just got a little tougher in Statesboro. The former Virginia Tech assistant will now be without his top returning scorer and rebounder Eric Ferguson.

In April Ferguson, a senior, had knee surgery. The 6'7 small forward averaged over 13 points and 6 rebound per game a year ago for the Eagles, who finished the year with a 14-19 mark.

The good news for Ferguson and the Eagles is that he'll now get to suit up for the school's inaugural year in the Sun Belt Conference in 2014-15.

Georgia Southern will open their season November 8 against Columbia International. The team will face off against Miami (FL), West Virginia, and UAB as part of their 2013-14 out of conference schedule.

Highly touted freshman Torlof Thomas and junior college transfers Curtis Diamond and Angel Matias will help to supplement the loss of Ferguson. Matias could start in place of the injured Ferguson.