BOILING SPRINGS – Gardner-Webb opens its 2016-2017 home schedule Tuesday morning, hosting Toccoa Falls (4-1) at 11:00 am in Paul Porter Arena – part of the annual Education Day festivities for area elementary schools.
The Runnin' Bulldogs (1-3) are coming off a comfortable, 94-78, win over preseason MEAC favorite Howard in the final game of the 2K Classic Sub-Regional and have scored the basketball very well the past three games – with five men averaging in double figures during that stretch, and the team putting up 80.7 points per game.
Sixth-man David Efianayi (6-2, 175, R-So.) has been explosive, averaging 18.3 points and shooting 60.6 percent over his past three outings off the bench. Laquincy Rideau (17.0 ppg), Tyrell Nelson (10.7 ppg), Jamaal Robateau (10.3 ppg) and Liam O'Reilly (10.0 ppg) have each scored at a higher level over the past eight days – in losses to Pittsburgh and Eastern Michigan, and in the win over Howard.
Brandon Miller (9.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg) has also provided a spark off the bench in his return to action.
Tuesday's game is available live on The Big South Network (bigsouthsports.com), beginning at 11:00 am.