Columbus State's games at North Georgia postponed again

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 28, 2014 

Update: After being postponed from Wednesday to Thursday, Columbus State's games at North Georgia were postponed again.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the games had not been rescheduled.

After dropping a close contest at Georgia Southwestern last Saturday, the Columbus State men’s basketball team will try to rebound at North Georgia on Thursday.

The doubleheader, originally scheduled for Wednesday, was postponed to Thursday due to weather concerns.

While North Georgia will provide a significantly easier test than the previous outing, the two teams are tied in the conference standings.

At 7-9, North Georgia has lacked any extended success this season, but it will feature the most dynamic player on the court in Peach Belt Conference player of the week Ishmael Hollis. Hollis, a senior, is averaging 21.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game this season for the Nighthawks (7-9, 4-6).

Columbus State will counter was a more balanced stable of athletes in Kenney Funderburk (15.9 points per game), B.J. Battle (11.6 points) and R.J. Sessions (10 points), along with a handful of others averaging just under double-figures.

Once again, it is a crucial contest for the Cougars (10-7, 4-6) as they try to establish some momentum going into the latter part of their conference schedule.

On the women’s side, Columbus State has won three in a row and five of its past six. North Georgia will provide a stiff test to that success and also a great opportunity for the Lady Cougars to make a move into the top spot in their division.

North Georgia (14-3, 8-2) holds first place heading into the game, but Columbus State (12-4, 7-3) is just two spots behind in third.

Senior Jaymee Carnes and sophomore Lauren Pounds will be the main threats for North Georgia, averaging 22.2 points and 20.9 points per game, respectively. Two others, Mimi Hill and Keeley Chester, also average in double-figures.

Columbus State doesn’t have the same type of scorers, but has capable leaders in Chatil Bradford (16.4 points), Asha Alexander (12.8 points) and Tae Smith (12.4 points).

The women will tip at 5:30 p.m., while the men will play at 7:30.

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