Men’s Basketball Falters Late to North Georgia


North Georgia closed the game on a 14-2 run over the final five-plus minutes to come from behind to defeat the Columbus State University men’s basketball team 73-66 on Wednesday. The Peach Belt Conference game took place inside the Lumpkin Center.

With the Nighthaws rallying, a Karl Ivey jumper gave the Cougars a 64-59 lead with just 5:21 to play. However, CSU would go cold from there, not scoring for over five minutes while UNG scored 14 of the next 16 to complete the improbable comeback.

“This was the toughest loss of the year,” commented head coach Robert Moore. “We had this one won, in our building, and we let it getaway. There are no excuses.”

“We have to get back at it in practice and prepare for Flagler. Every game is a must-win from here on out.”

Landrius Horton led a trio of Cougars in double-figures on Wednesday. Horton scored 19 points to go along with six rebounds and two steals. Anthony Moore fell one rebound shy of a double-double with 12 points and nine boards. Hunter Preston scored nine in the first half and finished the game with 11.

Columbus State struggled to shoot the ball, posting a 35.4 percent mark (23-for-65) overall and was 5-for-24 (20.8%) from 3-point range. CSU did shine at the free throw line though going 15-for-20 (75%).

The Cougars will look to sweep the season series against Flagler on Saturday in St. Augustine, Fla. Tipoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

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