Columbus State basketball teams host Young Harris on Saturday

kprice@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 21, 2014 

Wednesday night's win was huge for the Columbus State Cougars.

• They ended a 13-game losing streak to 16th-ranked Montevallo, a streak that dated back to 1982.

• They beat a ranked team for the first time since 2009 when they beat No. 2 Valdosta State.

• More importantly, it gave the Cougars a chance to clinch a berth in the Peach Belt Conference tournament today when they host Young Harris at 3:30 p.m. at the Lumpkin center.

"This was just a huge victory for us," CSU coach Robert Moore said in a news release. "Not only did this snap a long losing streak to them (Montevallo), it showed the guys that we can play with the best in the PBC."

"I really believe that we are playing our best ball of the season right now."

The Cougars (13-10) are 7-9 in the Western Division and in fifth place. Only the top four teams in each division qualify for the PBC tournament, but with Young Harris still in the process of becoming a full-fledged Division II program and therefore not eligible for the postseason, the Cougars are essentially fourth.

But Saturday's game will not be easy. Young Harris, which has won three straight, beat CSU 84-80 earlier this season at home.

In order to clinch a berth, CSU needs to win and have Clayton State and Georgia College lose. Both of those teams are tied at 5-11, two games behind CSU.

Meanwhile, the Lady Cougars will look to continue their red-hot play of late. They have won 8-of-9, since a loss at Young Harris last month. Tip-off for their game against Young Harris is 1:30 p.m.

The Lady Cougars (17-5) are tied for third in the West with North Georgia at 12-4. They are a half-game behind Young Harris and a game behind Clayton State for first place.

With games at North Georgia and Clayton State next week, the Lady Cougars still have a chance to win the PBC regular-season title.

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