Low posts Francke and Crouser combined to sink 8-of-11 shots in the first half and combined for 19 points and Eddy knocked down six straight shots - four of them 3s - for 16 points at the break.
"Some of the adjustments we thought we were making didn't help us in the first quarter,'' said South coach Mike Fallon. "We were kind of overplaying and Francke and Crouser beat us to death on the inside and Eddy was hitting some shots, so they kind of made it difficult for us to guard.
"We were overplaying in the post, fronting too high. We just got so caught up in what was going on we didn't do the things we talked about all week. As soon as we fronted Crouser, he's so daggone strong . . . he's just a monster in there, he really is.''
South (14-9) did some good things itself. The visiting Patriots didn't have a single foul until the 4:28 mark of the second quarter and made their first five shots of the second period. Holland (12 points), Matt Goldsberry (nine) and Price (six) came off the bench and actually outscored South's starters 27-22.
However, 14 turnovers, 39.6 percent shooting and a 28-22 rebounding deficit didn't allow South to maintain its late surge. GW shot 61 percent in the first half and 52 percent for the game.
"Even though we had a standing-eight count there [in the second half], we're finishing games,'' Greene said. "We're learning to finish games better than we did early in the season. We're grinding it a little bit more, just being a little tougher.''
Parkersburg beat visiting GW 58-53 on Jan. 25.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.