Hot Shooting Puts Cougars in PBC Semifinals
SOURCE: CSU ATHLETICS
Behind 52 second-half points and a blistering 61.8 percent shooting mark, the fifth-seeded Columbus State University men’s basketball team routed fourth-seeded USC Aiken 87-65 on Wednesday night in the 2020 Peach Belt Conference Tournament. The quarterfinal round game was played inside the Convocation Center in Aiken, S.C.
After going down 4-0, the Cougars (17-12) never looked back, building a double-digit advantage before the under the eight-minute mark of the first half. In the second, CSU’s lead hovered around 20 for the entire 20-minute session. A Jordan Jedneski three with 1:14 to go in the game gave the Cougars their largest lead of the night at 25 (87-62).
“Obviously, at this time of the year winning is all that matters,” said head coach Robert Moore. “But, I felt like we built some momentum tonight that could be key for the upcoming weekend.”
“We have the talent, and we have shown that all year long. The important thing is to play our style and not to panic when things are going wrong. To accomplish what we want, we are going to have to defeat some of the top teams in the region, and that’s going to take playing some excellent brand of basketball.”
Bryant Givens continued his good work with a team-high 21 points for Columbus State thanks in part to six made 3-pointers. He also dished out five assists. Hunter Preston was 7-of-8 from the floor to add 15. Landrius Horton had an efficient game with nine points, six assists, five rebounds, and two steals.
As a team, the Cougars shot 51.5 percent (34-for-66) while hitting 16-of-40 3-point attempts. CSU only went to the free throw line four times the entire night.
Columbus State and No. 17 UNC Pembroke will play a rubber match in the PBC Tournament semifinals in Greenwood, S.C. The two sides have met twice in 2019-20 with each winning on its home court. Most recently, UNCP defeated CSU 82-76 on Feb. 22.