CSU men, women looking to maintain momentum at Georgia Southwestern

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 24, 2014 

Mike Haskey mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.com Kenney Funderburk of Columbus State University brings the ball up the court in the first half Saturday afternoon at the Lumpkin Center. 01/18/14

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After struggling to maintain a consistent approach for the early part of its conference schedule, the Columbus State men’s basketball team appears to be on the rise.

It has won its last two games by an average of 17 points, 89-74 over Armstrong Atlantic and 93-74 over Flagler.

The Cougars get a chance to extend that momentum at Georgia Southwestern on Saturday. Georgia Southwester is tied for first in the West Division with Montevallo at 7-2 (15-3 overall), while Columbus State sits three games back. A win could prove to be big for the Cougars who are trying to remain afloat in the conference race.

Columbus State will look to players like B.J. Battle, who scored 26 his last time out, and Kenney Funderburk, who notched 22 two games ago, to lead the way. Local freshman R.J. Sessions remains a consistent factor on the offensive end for the Cougars.

The Lady Cougars, meanwhile, are right in the thick of the West Division race, standing at 6-3, two games behind North Georgia at 8-1. The Georgia Southwestern women are 2-7 in conference play, last in the division, but could play spoiler for Columbus State.

The Lady Cougars have had to work for each of their past two wins, topping Armstrong 79-78 and Flagler 79-74.

Chatil Bradford has remained a consistent force for the Lady Cougars, averaging 17 points per game this season, and scoring 28 and 22 in her past two contests to lead the team. Her 28-point performance against Armstrong proved critical as Columbus State had to hang on for a one-point victory.

The women’s game begins at 1:30 p.m. at Georgia Southwestern, and the men will follow at 3:30 p.m.

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