AMERICUS, Ga. – The Columbus State Cougars beat Peach Belt Conference rival Georgia Southwestern 64-55 Monday night to take a half-game lead in the PBC West Division standings. CSU improves to 13-8 on the year and 8-4 in conference action while the Hurricanes fall to 12-9 this season and 3-9 in league play.
The win in Americus was also the team's first conference road win of the season.
Down by a point after Georgia Southwestern scored their first four points of the contest at the free throw line, Darius Mcknight made back-to-back buckets for Columbus State to take the lead (7-4) which they would not relinquish for the rest of the ballgame.
Ahead 10-8 with 14:26 remaining in the first half, Steve Peterson connected on a pair of three-pointers and Paul Darkwa chipped in with five points to spur the Cougars on a 13-3 run to push their lead to 12 with 7:25 left in the opening 20 minutes of play.
Georgia Southwestern slowly crept back into the contest over the remaining portion of the half as they brought their deficit down to eight points heading into the locker room, 29-21.
To begin the second half, the Hurricanes outscored CSU 9-4 in the opening 3:20 to cut their disadvantage down to three, 33-30. Jamon Hawkins scored five of their nine points during that span.