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Cougars make it two in a row, take down Bobcats 67-59

From: COLUMBUS STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS NEWS

COLUMBUS– The Columbus State men's basketball won its second straight conference game Wednesday evening, taking down Georgia College 67-59 in men's basketball action.  It was the fourth win in five games for the Cougars.

Columbus State missed its first four field goal attempts early on in a sloppy first few minutes of play for both teams.  CSU connected on the first field goal of the contest at the 18:38 mark, a Jarmarquis Steverson bucket, giving the home team a 3-0 lead.

After missing its first three shots, Georgia College responded by reeling off seven straight points to take a 7-3 advantage with 15:17 remaining in the first period. CSU would respond with a run of its own, a 9-2 spurt capped off by a Darkwa jumper that gave the Cougars a 12-9 lead at the 12:12 mark.

Over the next six minutes neither team would hold a lead larger than one until a Steve Peterson Jumper with 6:02 left in the first frame put CSU up 20-17. The lead would eventually grow to 27-21 on a Donta Ridley jumper with just under three minutes left. The six point advantage was the largest lead of the half for Columbus State. 

A Josh Hurst bucket with three seconds remaining in the first period capped off a 6-2 run to end the half for Georgia College with Columbus State holding a 29-27 advantage at the break.  Lamar Williams led the Cougars in the first half with eight points.

Columbus State used a quick 5-0 spurt in the first 90 seconds of play in the second frame to extend their lead to 36-27 on a pair of Ridley free throws. Georgia College narrowed the deficit down to 37-34 at the 16:03 mark on a Reece Wiedeman layup.

The Bobcats continued to claw their way back into the contest, eventually tying the game up at 45-45 with just under 12 minutes remaining. GC would then grab their first lead of the second half on a Nate Hamilton three-pointer, putting the visitors up 50-49 with 9:35 left. 

A Lamar William's jumper put CSU up 51-50 at the 9:07 mark and would be the start of a 13-2 run in which the Cougars would take firm control of the game.  Steve Peterson capped off the run with a free throw with 1:09 left to play, putting the Cougars up by a 63-52 margin, their largest lead of the night.

Unlike the previous two games for the Cougars, this one was never in doubt down the stretch as Columbus State connected on four-of-six free throws in the final minute to secure their second straight PBC victory 67-59.

Georgia College placed two players in double figures with Ryan Legates leading the way with 22 points and five rebounds.  Legates also connected on four-of-seven from three-point range.  Reece Wiedeman registered 14 points in 17 minutes of action as the only other Bobcat in double figures. GC connected on 22-of-52 (42.3%) from the floor for the game.

Lamar Williams led the way for CSU with 17 points, his sixth straight game in double figures and his second straight PBC game with 15 or more points. Darius Mcknight just missed his third-double of the season with 11 points, nine boards, and three blocks.  Steve Peterson added 10 points and grabbed six rebounds.  CSU connected on 43 percent from the floor, including a 13-for-26 (50%) effort in the second half.  The Cougars out-rebounded the Bobcats 41-26.

The Cougars will be back in action on Saturday as they take on No. 21 Georgia Southwestern at 3:30 pm inside the Lumpkin Center.

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