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Cougars to open season with exhibition versus Carver Bible

Columbus — The Columbus State men's basketball team will open up the 2012-13 season with a home exhibition game against Carver Bible College in the Lumpkin Center Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.

The Cougars enter the season with four players returning from last year's squad that posted an 18-12 record and made the NCAA Tournament.

Four of the top five scorers from 2011-12 are gone, but guard Idell Bell returns for his senior season after averaging 10.6 points per game last season. Also back is Columbus native Winford Ivey who averaged 9.0 points per game and led the team in assists.

Tuesday night's game will be the first opportunity to see the nine newcomers on head coach Robert Moore's roster.

Moore is entering his third season leading the way for the Cougars as the program looks to reach the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons for the first time since making four straight appearances from 2003-06.

While Columbus State will begin its season Tuesday night, Carver Bible will already have games under its belt. CBC traveled to New Orleans over the weekend and dropped games to NAIA schools Loyola University and Xavier University.

CSU and Carver Bible previously met in Columbus on November 22, 2010 with Columbus State pulling out an 84-62 victory.

Following Tuesday's exhibition, the Cougars will travel to Georgia Southwestern University in Americus, GA for a Friday evening tilt against Brevard to open the regular season.

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