Cougars fall to GRU Augusta 74-72

Columbus State loses despite 10-point halftime lead

FROM STAFF REPORTSFebruary 16, 2014 

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Columbus State Cougars fell to GRU Augusta 74-72 Sunday. CSU had a 10-point lead at halftime, but Augusta rallied and overcame the deficit in the second half.

The two teams were tied at 12 each with just after five minutes of play. A free throw by Kenney Funderburk put CSU up 21-14 with 10 minutes left before halftime.

GRU Augusta fought back to tie the game once again, this time at 25-25 with 5:23 left in the first half.

The two teams were tied yet again at 29 all with three minutes left before halftime, but Columbus State ended the first half on a 12-2 run that gave them a 41-31 advantage going into the break.

CSU got up by as many as 13 points in the early goings of the second half, but a full-bench substitution started a turnaround for Augusta.

By the 8:07 mark Columbus State still had a 10-point lead, but Augusta continued to eat away at that advantage until the teams were once again tied, this time at 66-66 with 4:15 left to play.

A free throw by DeAngelo Kirkland put the Cougars up 72-69 with just two minutes left, but GRU Augusta ended the game by making two layups and a free throw for the win.

Kirkland led the Cougars with 16 points, and Shane Heyward tallied 15 points.

Funderburk totaled 12 points in the game, R.J. Sessions (Northside) scored 10 and B.J. Battle had nine.

Heyward and Funderburk led the team in boards with five rebounds apiece.

Columbus State (12-10, 6-9 Peach Belt Conference) will travel to play Montevallo Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

COLUMBUS STATE UNIVERSITY (12-10, 6-9)

DeAngelo Kirkland 4-4 8-10 16; Shane Heyward 6-13 3-5 15; Kenney Funderburk

4-11 3-4 12; R.J. Sessions 4-6 0-0 10; BJ Battle 3-6 0-0 9; Brandon Dawson

2-3 0-0 5; Jahmad Saleem 1-1 0-0 2; Ty Harris 1-2 0-0 2; Jonathan Manning

0-0 1-3 1. Totals 25-46 15-22 72.

GRU AUGUSTA (20-4, 13-2)

Ryan Weems 6-11 3-3 18; Keshun Sherrill 4-10 3-4 15; KJ Sherrill 4-8 5-5 13;

Harold Doby 2-4 4-7 8; Roman Hill 4-5 0-0 8; D'Angelo Boyce 1-1 2-2 5;

Devonte Thomas 1-3 1-1 3; Devon Wright-Nelson 1-3 0-0 3; Ronell Crockett 0-1

1-2 1; Henry McCarthy 0-2 0-2 0. Totals 23-48 19-26 74.

Halftime: Columbus State 41-31. 3-point goals--Columbus State University 7-15 (BJ Battle 3-6; R.J. Sessions

2-4; Kenney Funderburk 1-3; Brandon Dawson 1-2), GRU Augusta 9-19 (Keshun

Sherrill 4-7; Ryan Weems 3-6; D'Angelo Boyce 1-1; Devon Wright-Nelson 1-2;

Devonte Thomas 0-2; Roman Hill 0-1). Fouled out--Columbus State

University-None, GRU Augusta-Harold Doby. Rebounds--Columbus State

University 22 (Kenney Funderburk 5; Shane Heyward 5), GRU Augusta 33 (Harold

Doby 7). Assists--Columbus State University 15 (Ty Harris 5), GRU Augusta 15

(Keshun Sherrill 4). Total fouls--Columbus State University 20, GRU Augusta

19. Technical fouls--Columbus State University-None, GRU Augusta-None. A-922

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