VALDOSTA Ga. – Columbus State opened up the Loop Pizza Grill Classic Thursday afternoon with a 62-48 victory over Florida Memorial in the afternoon's second game at Valdosta State. CSU improves to 5-3 on the year while FMU falls to 4-6.
"We played a great defensive game allowing only 48 points," stated head coach Robert Moore. "We have to continue to play that kind of ball when we get back into conference play."
The 48 points scored by Florida Memorial is the lowest point total by any CSU opponent this season.
The Cougars raced out to an early 7-5 lead behind five points from Steve Peterson and a layup by Idell Bell just over three minutes into the game.
Florida Memorial would then go on a 13-2 run over the next five minutes to double up CSU, 18-9 with 11:57 remaining in the opening half. Mark Roelle started the spurt netting the first six points while Adrian White capped it off scoring the final five.
CSU countered FMU with a 9-0 spurt of their own knotting the game at 18 at the 9:33 mark. Darius Mcknight had six points while Jarmarquis Steverson and Winford Ivey added one and two points each, respectively.
The teams would then go back and forth over the next five minutes before Columbus State closed out the half scoring eight of the final 12 points to take a 30-27 lead into the break.
Getting off to a quick start in the second half were the Cougars who were able to extend their lead to nine points, 37-28, just two minutes into the half as Bell knocked down a three-pointer and Peterson and Mcknight each had a bucket.
The game would stay even over the next 12 minutes as Florida Memorial was never able to get the deficit under six points while CSU never extended the lead beyond nine points. Over the final 7:23, the Cougars gradually added to the advantage taking their largest lead of the game, 60-45, with 2:28 to go in the contest.
CSU was tough to stop inside scoring 38 points in the paint, 29 of which came from the starting forward duo of Mcknight and Peterson. The Cougars also scored 23 points off of 23 FMU turnovers. Mcknight (14 points) and Peterson (15 points) were the only players in double figures while Ivey chipped in with nine points. Mcknight recorded his second double-double of the season as he also corralled a game high 10 rebounds.
The Lions were led by Adrian White and Mark Roelle who netted 13 points and 11 points, respectively. Matthew Roelle added nine points and nine rebounds just missing out on the double-double.
Columbus State gets right back in action Friday afternoon versus Shaw University. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. ET.
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