BOILING SPRINGS – Eric Jamison came off the bench to lead five men in double figures Tuesday morning, scoring a career-high 18 points to pace Gardner-Webb to a 103-53 win over Toccoa Falls.
The Runnin' Bulldogs (2-3) jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first three minutes, led by double figures at the 15:51 mark and never looked back in the home opener. Paul Porter Arena was host to nearly 2,000 area school children as part of Education Day festivities.
Gardner-Webb steadily built its lead to more than 20 points in the opening half, taking a 32-12 lead with 9:36 left before the break on a L'Hassane Niangane layup. A late dunk by Patrick Zeck off an assist from Laquincy Rideau pushed the margin to 29 points – 56-27 – at halftime.
The Runnin' Bulldogs pushed its lead into the 30s quickly in the second half and took its first 40-point lead with 7:45 remaining on a floater from reserve point guard Christian Turner. A Jamison layup with 31.2 seconds left provided the final margin.
Jamison came off the bench to score all 18 points in the second half – playing 16 minutes and going 7-for-11 from the floor. He made half of his eight triples as well.
The majority of Gardner-Webb's regulars played less than 20 minutes in the game, with All-Big South forward Tyrell Nelson scoring all 10 of his markers in the first half. Rideau nearly finished with a triple-double in only 17 minutes, scoring 12 points to go with seven rebounds and eight assists.
Jamaal Robateau finished with 15 points on four three-pointers and David Efianayi continued to shine off the bench with 10 points, three boards and two assists. Efianayi made all five of his field goal attempts on Tuesday.
Turner came off the bench to dish out eight assists and score six points, DJ Laster scored nine points off the bench and Zeck had six – as the Gardner-Webb reserves topped the 50-point mark themselves for the second-straight game.
Gardner-Webb owned a 58-6 edge in paint scoring – including a 40-0 margin in the first half. The Runnin' Bulldogs took advantage of 15 Toccoa Falls turnovers and several long rebounds to own a 28-3 edge in fast break points.
The 'Dogs shot 59.2 percent for the game, bouyed by a 68.6 percent effort in the opening 20 minutes.
The Screaming Eagles (4-3) dropped their second game in a row, despite 14 points apiece from Cameron Williams and Jovan Morris.
Gardner-Webb will be back in action on Friday night (Nov. 25), traveling to Athens, Ga., to face Georgia at 7:00 pm.