The Columbus State University men’s basketball team dominated the opening 20 minutes and rolled over Georgia College 89-75 on Monday night. The Peach Belt Conference contest was played in the Lumpkin Center.
Columbus State (5-9, 5-6 PBC) blistered the Bobcats 48-26 over the first 20 minutes behind 8-of-14 shooting from the 3-point line.
Rudy Winters went for a career-best 30 points, knocking down 9-of-12 field goals and all four 3-point attempts. The 30 points were a high by any Cougar this season. JaCori Payne ended the night with 24 points, 22 of which came in the first half. Marcus Dixon added a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.
“I thought we came out with much better energy, especially on defense,” head coach Robert Moore said. “We hit some shots early and I think our guys fed off the home crowd. Now we just have to figure out how to put together that kind of effort every single night.”
Winters set the tone for the night on the opening possession of the game, knocking down his first 3-point attempt. Payne then buried a pair before Winters hit his second of the night. Payne added one more to cap off a 5-for-5 start to the game from outside for the Cougars.
Georgia College (8-9, 4-7) shot the ball well early also, keeping the Bobcats tight through the first 10 minutes. Leading 22-16, the Cougars put together a run of 14 unanswered points to stretch the margin out to 20 with six minutes remaining in the first half.
The CSU lead was 48-26 at the break, but the Bobcats weren’t ready to go away just yet.
GC slowly chipped away at the deficit over the first 15 minutes of the second half and rallied back within 10 with five minutes to play. The Bobcats then got two looks from outside to get the game into single digits, but both bounced off the rim and Dixon converted a three-point play on the other end to stem the momentum.
The Cougars would then put the game away at the free throw line over the final four minutes to earn their second straight victory at Herbert Greene Court.
CSU finished the night at 48.3 percent (29-for-60) overall and 10-for-16 from the 3-point line.
Columbus State will host Flagler on Wednesday night to wrap up a quick two-game homestand. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.