Lander Rallies to take PBC Title from Cougars


Lander stormed back from a 16-point first-half deficit to stun the Columbus State University men’s basketball team 76-73 in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament Championship game on Sunday. The championship was held inside Finis Horne Arena on LU’s campus in Greenwood, S.C.

With Lander leading 10-8, Columbus State went on a 21-3 run to open a commanding 29-13 advantage with 8:41 to go in the opening half.

After going into the break up 13, Stanley Taylor nailed a three 14 seconds into the half to put CSU ahead 43-27. However, from there Lander began its march back. Around the midway point of the second, CSU still led by double-figures, but a 10-0 Bearcat run quickly tighten things up.

Deon Berrien put the Bearcats in front 64-63 with 5:12 to go before the lead changed hands four times over the next two minutes. Lander eventually pulled away over the final minutes thanks to a Tyler Brevard layup and a dagger 3-pointer from Berrien.

“My heart goes out to the guys,” said head coach Robert Moore. “Every single one of them played their hearts out and it hurts to see them disappointed.”

“We were up 16, so it’s hard not to imagine how close we were to achieving our goals. Ultimately, Lander made the key plays and we didn’t, so my hat goes off to them.”

Landrius Horton posted his second straight double-double for the Cougars. A day after hitting the game-winning shot against No. 17 UNC Pembroke to send CSU to the finals, the senior scored 21 while grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds.

Bryant Givens added 16 points and seven assists while Hunter Preston was a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor to chip in 12.

As a team, the Cougars shot 46 percent (29-for-63) from the floor and 44.4 percent (8-for-18) from beyond the arc. CSU was 7-for-9 at the free throw line.

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