COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Brent Jackson scored a career-high 29 points as the Columbus State University men's basketball team breezed past Carver College 101-88 Tuesday night. The non-conference game took place inside the Lumpkin Center.
Jackson, who scored 20 points in the Cougar season opener on Saturday, went 10-for-16 from the floor against Carver, knocking down three three-pointers. The senior also chipped in with five rebounds and two steals.
Fellow senior Cam Baker also surpassed the 20-point mark for the second consecutive game netting 21 points with seven assists and seven rebounds.
"I felt like we passed the ball great tonight to find the open guy," said sixth-year head coach Robert Moore. "Brent and Cam were great again for us and we will be hard to beat when both are on in the same game."
After Carver made two threes in the opening two minutes, Columbus State (2-0) quickly took control of the game. Down 6-4, the Cougars went on a 13-0 run to jump ahead 17-6 just a little over midway through the first half. Baker and Jackson fueled the spurt scoring five and four points, respectively, while JaCori Payne nailed a three to help increase the lead.
The lead would hover around the 13 mark until the Cougars went on a mini-run to stretch the lead to 20. Demetres Abrams raced down the court on a fast break to push the lead to the 20-point mark for the first time with just under five minutes until half. CSU would be able to hold a 22-point lead four times before the break and took a 48-28 advantage into the locker room.
Columbus State started the second half on an 8-1 run to balloon the lead to 27 points (56-29) with 17:45 showing on the clock. Jackson had four of the eight points during the run, including knocking down a three-pointer.
The lead would eventually hit a game-high 29 points (76-47) on a pair of Abrams free throws with just under nine minutes left in the game.
However from there, Carver (4-6) would make things a little more interesting. The visiting Cougars started a 10-2 run led by Saveyon Edwards, who nailed two shots from beyond the arc to inch closer.
After CSU stretched the lead back to 83-59, Carver responded with another run, this time a 8-0 spurt that got the visitors within 16 points (83-67) with 4:51 left to play.
Carver was able to get within 11 (97-86), but not any closer as Columbus State cruised to the victory.
As a team, CSU shot 49.3 percent (36-for-73) from the field while going 8-for-22 (36.4 percent) from three-point range. At the charity stripe, the Cougars shot 77.8 percent (21-for-27).
Carver was led by Edwards and Jamil Saaka as the duo scored 25 and 21, respectively. Saaka contributed eight rebounds as well.
Brentine Taylor grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds while Arben Camaj had 10. Camaj also turned away four shots.