Cougars Men’s Basketball Grab Key Conference Win
SOURCE: CSU ATHLETICS
After trailing for the majority of the game, the Columbus State University men’s basketball team went on a 12-1 run late in the second half to complete an 84-79 victory over UNC Pembroke on Saturday. The Peach Belt Conference contest took place inside the Lumpkin Center in Columbus.
With less than four to play, UNC Pembroke was clinging to a 73-70 lead after Akia Pruitt went one-for-two from the free throw line. On the following trip down the court, a second chance effort from Hunter Preston jumpstarted a 9-0 spurt for the Cougars. Bryant Givens pushed CSU in front with a layup after a UNC Pembroke turnover before Jalen Thomas connected on a 3-pointer to make it a 77-73 Cougar advantage.
Columbus State was still ahead by four heading into the final minute until Givens put the game away with a three.
“This was a huge win for this team,” commented head coach Robert Moore. “We know we are a good team, but we needed a statement victory over an NCAA Tournament caliber opponent on our resume.”
“We are playing our best ball at the moment, but we can’t have a letdown. Wednesday is a new day and a new challenge, and we have to take this same mentality on the road with us to Dahlonega.”
Preston had a career night for Columbus State with 24 points after a 9-for-11 performance for the field. Landrius Horton posted a double-double with 20 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. The senior also had four assists and three steals. Givens chipped in 14 points and tied a season-high with eight assists.
As a team, Columbus State shot an even 50 percent (29-for-58) from the field and was 9-for-22 from beyond the arc. From the line, CSU was 17-for-24.
Columbus State will look for its first four-game winning streak of the season on Wednesday, Jan. 15 traveling to face North Georgia. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. inside the Convocation Center in Dahlonega, Ga.