Update: Columbus State's Winford Ivey suffers broken foot

kprice@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 4, 2012 

Update: Columbus State will be without backup point guard Winford Ivey after the senior suffered a broken foot in Saturday night's double-overtime win over USC Aiken.

Ivey is expected to have a pin inserted in his foot sometime next week. The date of the surgery has not been announced.

Ivey was a starter until about two-thirds of the way through the season. The former Jordan High standout was averaging 9.0 points and 3.8 assists per game.

Ivey's season is over even if CSU makes it into the NCAA tournament.

Ivey was inside the Lumpkin Center on crutches before the game.

Columbus State has had its chances against Montevallo this season, but the Cougars were unable to make big plays down the stretch in both losses.

Montevallo won the first meeting at home 64-58 on Dec. 7. The Falcons won again at the Lumpkin Center on Feb. 15, 64-60.

That was the only loss the Cougars suffered at home this season to a Peach Belt Conference opponent.

The two teams meet again Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at the Lumpkin Center. This third time will be for the Peach Belt Conference tournament championship.

With the championship comes an automatic berth into the NCAA Division II tournament. Both teams are likely in the NCAAs regardless of the outcome of the game, however.

Montevallo rallied from 11 down at halftime to beat Augusta State on Saturday, while CSU went to double overtime before knocking off regular-season champion USC Aiken, 75-74.

In the game at Montevallo back on Dec. 7, the Cougars trailed by 18 with 8:37 left. Jarmarquis Steverson led a big comeback hitting four 3-pointers in less than 3 minutes as CSU climbed to within three, 57-54, with 5:52 remaining.

The game remained close from there, and the Cougars were down three, 59-56, with 1:06 left.

But CSU made three turnovers in the final 54 seconds.

DJ Rivera led Montevallo with 27. Steverson had 18.

In the game last month at CSU, CSU trailed by two, 62-60, with 6 seconds left.

After changing his mind about going for a 3-pointer and the win, coach Robert Moore called for the Cougars to go for the tie.

Dimitri Davis threw the inbounds pass from the right corner of the court. With a trio of screens set, Paul Darkwa broke wide open coming toward the basket from the left. Davis threw a perfect pass, but Darkwa tried for a layup instead of a dunk, and the ball rolled off the rim.

"Montevallo is a very physical team,” CSU coach Robert Moore said after Saturday's game. “They rebound the ball extremely well. If we can win the rebounding war, I think we can win the game."

CSU has not lost since the Montevallo game on Feb. 15. The Cougars have won five straight.

The PBC women's championship game will tip off at 2 p.m. today at the Lumpkin Center. That game features No. 3 Clayton State against No. 9 USC Aiken.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and children under 12. A ticket is good for both games.

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