Cougars Survive in Overtime Thriller
SOURCE: CSU ATHLETICS
The Columbus State University men’s basketball team raced past Fort Valley State University with an 82-63 victory in their first home game of the season.
Two Cougars, Juniors Chris Horton and Jalen Thomas tied atop the team lead in scoring with 16 apiece. Horton drilled four 3-pointers, including a stretch late in the first half when he hit three in a row. Thomas got things started off on the right foot when he nailed the first shot of the year in the Lumpkin Center.
“Our team has been focusing hard on defense lately,” head coach Robert Moore said. “We’re tracking deflections now and using it as a tool to improve our defense to ensure we’re giving full effort on both sides of the court.”
Columbus State (3-1) fell behind early, trailing 18-9 with 11:08 left in the first half. The Cougars started to rally back behind 3-pointers from Thomas and Bryant Givens, with a three-point play from DeMarcus McVay sandwiched in between.
After Horton’s heat check, the Cougars found themselves up by nine points entering the halftime break despite shooting just 32 percent from the field.
Defense was the big story of the night, as the Cougars entered the night as one of the nation’s leaders in turnovers forced. The Cougars pressured the Wildcats into 24 turnovers on the night, as they continually flew all across the court.
Fort Valley State (0-7) crawled their way back to a seven-point deficit with just under 12 minutes remaining before the Cougars reeled off 11 straight points to give them a commanding 18-point lead.
The Cougars shot 39.7 percent (29-for-73) from the field and went 9-of-34 from the 3-point line.