Columbus State basketball teams return to court Thursday night

Teams off forpast two weeksfor holidays

kprice@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 1, 2014 

PBC CSU Lander

CSU Head Coach Robert Moore during play in the 1st period against Lander Friday night during the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Basketball Championship at the CSU Lumpkin Center

The Columbus State basketball teams return from their two-week holiday break today with games at Peach Belt Conference foe Lander.

The women's game is set for 5:30 p.m. with the men to follow at 7:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on WDAK-AM 540.

The Cougars are 7-2, their best start since the 2005-06 season. CSU went on to a 23-9 record that season. It also won the Peach Belt tournament and made the second round of the NCAA tournament.

CSU is 1-1 in the PBC after opening with a 77-74 loss to Montevallo and a 70-54 win over Clayton State.

Lander is 6-5 overall and 0-2 in the PBC.

The next win for the Cougars will be the 50th career win for coach Robert Moore, who is 49-42 in his first 91 games.

CSU holds a 29-15 lead over Lander in the series. But the Bearcats won 76-67 last season.

CSU's Shane Heyward has 29 blocks this season, at least two in each game. He had a season-high six against Montevallo. He is second in the PBC and ninth in the nation in blocks.

Kenney Funderburk leads CSU in scoring at 17.4 points per game. BJ Battle is second at 11.9.

Meanwhile, the Lady Cougars will take a 6-2 overall mark (1-1 in the PBC) into today's game. They beat Montevallo 63-60 before losing to Clayton State 79-69.

Chatil Bradford leads CSU in scoring at 18 points a game, followed by Asha Alexander at 13.9, Britteny Tatum at 9.9 and Tae Smith at 9.8.

Kevin Price, 706-320-4493

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