Horton’s Three Advances Cougars to PBC Championship
SOURCE: CSU ATHLETICS
With 0.8 seconds left in overtime, Landrius Horton connected on a 3-pointer to send the Columbus State University men’s basketball team to the 2020 Peach Belt Conference Tournament Championship as the Cougars outlasted No. 17 and top-seeded UNC Pembroke 90-87 on Saturday. The game took place inside Finis Horne Arena in Greenwood, S.C.
After UNC Pembroke tied the game with two seconds to go in regulation, the two sides continued to exchange buckets in the overtime period. With the Cougars up one with under a minute to go, L. Horton drove inside the paint to put CSU on top 87-84, but the Braves came right back down with a 3-ball from Jordan Ratliffe to tie things up with.
Following a timeout with 10 seconds to go, Bryant Givens dribbled the clock out before dishing a pass to L. Horton for the game-winner.
“This is what it’s all about,” commented head coach Robert Moore. “Nothing beats this time of the year. The emotion and passion are so noticeable from all the guys out there.”
“There is something special about this group. They compete for one another and they want to accomplish something that we haven’t done for a while here at Columbus State, which is bringing home a PBC Tournament title.”
Columbus State will be making its 13th appearance in the PBC Tournament title game, and for the fourth time under Moore. CSU last reached the championship in 2017 falling to UNCP.
Hours after being named to the All-PBC team, L. Horton showed the reason why. He had his best performance of the year with 28 points and 11 rebounds to go along with four assists and two steals. It was his second double-double of the season against the Braves. From the floor, the senior was 11-of-17, including a 4-for-7 mark from beyond the arc.
Hunter Preston (16), Anthony Moore (14), and Robert Davis Jr. (14) were all key in the victory. Despite just eight points, Givens was his usual self by picking up 12 assists and six rebounds.
Columbus State will take on third-seeded Lander in the 2020 PBC Championship game. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. in Greenwood.