Columbus State ends long losing streak against Montevallo

FROM STAFF REPORTSFebruary 19, 2014 

MONTEVALLO, Ala. — The Columbus State Cougars ended a 13-game losing streak to Montevallo on Wednesday night, beating the Falcons 81-77. The losing streak had dated back to 1982.

Meanwhile, in the earlier game Wednesday, the Lady Cougars remained in the hunt for the Peach Belt Conference title with a 64-56 victory over Montevallo on Wednesday night.

The win was a big boost for the Cougars in their quest to earn a berth in the Peach Belt Conference tournament.

Coupled with Clayton State’s loss to Georgia College on Wednesday, the Cougars (13-10, 7-9) are two games ahead of Clayton State and Georgia College in the race for the final berth from the Western Division.

CSU has three games left in the regular season. It hosts Young Harris on Saturday, then plays a make-up game at North Georgia on Feb. 26, then plays at Clayton State on March 1.

CSU hosts the PBC tournament next month.

BJ Battle led the Cougars with 14 points, while Shane Heyward had 13 and Dimitri Davis had 12. Nick Turner and Kenney Funderburke had 11 points apiece.

The Cougars were down 10 points, 51-41, less than a minute into the second half. But they battled back to tie the game at 59. After the game was tied again at 63, CSU scored the next five points for a 68-63 lead.

The Lady Cougars (17-5, 12-4) remain a game behind Clayton State, which beat Georgia College on Wednesday, in the Western Division.

CSU is tied with North Georgia for third place in the Western Division. Clayton State is 13-3 and Young Harris is 12-3. CSU hosts Young Harris on Saturday.

Guard Tae Smith poured in 24 points to lead the Lady Cougars, while Chatil Bradford scored 17 and Asha Alexander added 14.

The win was not an easy one. The Lady Cougars trailed by six, 52-46, with 5:44 remaining.

But then the Lady Cougars reeled off the next 14 points to take a 60-52 lead with 2:15 left.

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