Cougars End Season At Augusta
SOURCE: CSU ATHLETICS
The Columbus State University men’s basketball team fought hard on the road Wednesday night but came up short as Augusta pulled away with the 89-65 win. The Peach Belt Conference Tournament quarterfinal was played in Augusta.
Columbus State’s season wraps up with a 13-16 overall record and a sixth straight PBC Tournament appearance.
DeMarcus McVay led all Cougar scorers with 16 points and four rebounds while Bryant Givens added another 13 points. Chris Horton and Jalen Thomas rounded out the double figure scorers each putting up 10.
“Tonight was a tough way to end our season but I was proud of the effort from our guys throughout the year,” said head coach Robert Moore. “We battled night in and night out with so many depth issues and these guys continually left it all out there on the floor. We’ve got a lot to work on during the offseason but we’ll regroup and once again plan to make a run to the PBC Tournament.”
Columbus State would jump out to the erly 7-2 advantage thanks to a three-pointer from Thomas and a jumper from McVay in the first three minutes of the game. But Augusta would respond with a 15-5 run to jump in front nearing the midway point of the first half.
After the Jaguars would grab their largest lead of the first half at seven, the Cougars would go on a 7-2 spurt over a two minute span to cut the deficit to two. Landrius Horton hit a three followed up by jumpers from McVay and Thomas with 2:42 remaining in the first half. The Cougars would eventually go into the halftime break down by just four points at 36-32.
A layup and two free throws from Givens would keep the Cougars within one possession with 15:46 remaining but that’s when the Jaguars raced out in front of CSU.
They would go on a 12-0 run over the next four plus minutes of action to give them their largest lead at the time of 14 points. Just one minute later another three-pointer from Augusta would bump the lead up to 17 at the midway point of the second half.
The closest the Cougars would get was a 13-point deficit as Augusta continued to pull away late eventually outscoring the Cougars by 20 points (53-33) in the second half.
Columbus State shot 43.6 percent (24-for-55) from the field on Wednesday, knocking down 6-of-21 from beyond the arc.