CSU Cougar Basketball Set to Face Georgia in Athens


The Columbus State University men’s basketball team will begin the 2020-21 season with a bang by taking on the University of Georgia on Wednesday, Nov. 25 in Athens, Ga. Tip-off time in Stegeman Coliseum has yet to be announced.

“This is an exciting day for Cougar basketball,” commented head coach Robert Moore. “Over the years, we have been able to play some premier Division I programs in exhibition games and we are adding to the list with Georgia. UGA is one of the rising programs in the nation under one of the best coaches in our game in Tom Crean, and I can’t wait for our guys to take in the experience.”

Moore will be leading the Cougars back to the floor after taking CSU to the Peach Belt Conference Tournament Championship game a season ago. Columbus State finished the year with an 18-13 record, a five-win improvement from 2018-19.

Seniors Hunter Preston and Anthony Moore will be relied upon heavily in the upcoming season. A 30-game starter in 2019-20, Moore averaged 12.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while shooting 54.5% from the floor. The only Cougar to post a better shooting percentage than Moore was Preston, who finished with the second-best field gold percentage in the PBC last season with a 61.4% mark. Preston finished the year averaging 9.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

Devan Porter-Wilson and Adrian Gaines are the only other returners for Columbus State, while Moore will welcome in eight new faces.

Georgia was amid the SEC Tournament when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the season. The Bulldogs defeated Ole Miss 81-63 in the opening round to end the year 16-16. UGA has starters Toumani Camara and Sahvir Wheeler back in uniform and a highly touted incoming recruiting class.

The Bulldogs will count the game as a regular-season contest, while it will be an exhibition game for the Cougars. CSU and UGA have matched up twice over the years with the last meeting coming on Dec. 11, 1991.

The University of Georgia has yet to establish gameday admission guidelines for the upcoming year.

Columbus State will announce its full regular-season schedule in the upcoming days.

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