Georgia Southwestern defeats CSU 77-65

Special To The Ledger-EnquirerFebruary 6, 2014 

ANNE APPLETON/CSUDimitri Davis drives for a shot against Georgia Southwestern Thursday night at the Lumpkin Center.

With seven minutes to go in the first half Thursday night, Columbus State's men's basketball team seemingly had everything going its way against Georgia Southwestern.

The Cougars were up 29-10 and had made 12 of its first 21 shots, including five of their first eight 3-point attempts. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes -- one of the top teams in the Peach Belt Conference -- were shooting just 3-of-17 and struggling to keep themselves from being blown out of the gym.

However, Columbus State couldn't stand prosperity, going over nine minutes without scoring and 10:30 between field goals, to blow the 19-point lead and drop a 77-65 decision to Georgia Southwestern at The Lumpkin Center.

"I thought once our shots stopped falling, our guys got shaky," said Columbus State head coach Robert Moore. "We didn't finish any plays, either. We definitely let one get away from us tonight."

Thursday's game was the ninth this season in which Columbus State (11-8, 5-7) gave up a double-digit lead and the fifth time CSU has lost such a game, all of them coming in Peach Belt Conference contests.

A putback dunk by B.J. Battle with 7:02 remaining in the first half put Columbus State up 29-10, but the Cougars would make just one field goal the rest of the half and go the final 5:27 without scoring a point. Meanwhile, Georgia Southwestern -- which stopped a two-game losing streak with the win -- went on a 26-3 run and scored the half's final 19 points to go into the locker room up 36-32.

Columbus State showed some signs of life in the second half, going up 45-44 with 10:45 remaining on a basket by DeAngelo Kirkland, but Georgia Southwestern (17-5, 9-4) scored the next seven points to go up 51-45 with 9:07 to go and the Cougars got no closer than four points the rest of the way.

"The guys didn't respond," said Moore, whose team had won three of the last four. "You could tell the guys were not there tonight."

Columbus State plays again Saturday, hosting North Georgia (8-10, 5-7) in a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader. Tipoff for the game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

GA SOUTHWESTERN (17-5, 9-4 PBC)

Jamon Hawkins 7-14 2-2 20; Alan Arnett 7-14 5-6 19; Daryl Davis 4-11 4-6 13; Adrian Knight 3-5 0-0 8; Derrick Dawkins 2-7 2-2 6; Kevin Burnell 1-2 2-2 5; Josh Birchfield 2-5 0-0 4; Johathan Brooks 1-5 0-0 2; Bobby Glover 0-0 0-0

0. Totals 27-63 15-18 77.

COLUMBUS STATE (11-8, 5-7 PBC)

DeAngelo Kirkland 4-12 2-3 12; Kenney Funderburk 3-9 3-6 10; Dimitri Davis 4-9 1-1 9; BJ Battle 4-9 0-0 9; Ty Harris 3-7 1-1 7; Shane Heyward 3-8 0-3 6; Jahmad Saleem 2-4 2-3 6; R.J. Sessions 2-7 0-0 6; Brandon Dawson 0-1 0-0 0; Nick Turner 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 25-66 9-19 65.

Halftime: GSW 36-32. 3-point goals--Georgia Southwestern 8-19 (Jamon Hawkins 4-6; Adrian Knight 2-4; Kevin Burnell 1-2; Daryl Davis 1-3; Johathan Brooks 0-2; Alan Arnett 0-2), Columbus State University 6-17 (R.J. Sessions 2-6; DeAngelo Kirkland

2-3; Kenney Funderburk 1-3; BJ Battle 1-4; Dimitri Davis 0-1). Fouled out--Georgia Southwestern-Daryl Davis, Columbus State University-None.

Rebounds--Georgia Southwestern 43 (Johathan Brooks 12), Columbus State University 41 (DeAngelo Kirkland 9). Assists--Georgia Southwestern 11 (Alan Arnett 4), Columbus State University 13 (Jahmad Saleem 4). Total fouls--Georgia Southwestern 21, Columbus State University 19. Technical fouls--Georgia Southwestern-None, Columbus State University-None. A-1136.

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