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Ty Harris' block preserves Columbus State's win

AIKEN, S.C. -- Ty Harris blocked a 3-point attempt by Elizabeth City State at the buzzer to preserve Columbus State's 79-76 victory on Saturday afternoon.

The game was a part of the USC Aiken Classic.

The Cougars, who had a season-long problem with allowing double-digit leads get away last season and losing, avoided that on Saturday.

CSU (3-0) led 44-32 early in the second half but watched as Elizabeth City State (0-5) began to rally with a 10-0 run to close to within two.

Harris made a pair of free throws and Kenney Funderburk added a layup as the Cougars quickly extended the lead back to six, 48-42.

But ECSU wouldn't go away, fighting back to get within one, 52-51, on a John Tatum 3-pointer with 12:55 remaining.

But CSU never relinquished the lead.

Brent Jackson hit back-to-back 3-pointers as CSU took a 65-56 lead at the 9:34 mark.

CSU led 71-62 before ECSU hit a pair of 3-poiinters by Brachon Griffin and Glenn Patterson to pull within three, 71-68, with 3:24 left.

Jacori Payne hit a jumper with 33 seconds left for a seemingly insurmountable seven-point lead at 77-70. But Miykael Faulcon hit a pair of 3-pointers sandwiched around a Jackson free throw to cut CSU's lead to two, 78-76 with 11 seconds left.

Harris made a 1-of-2 free throws with 9 seconds left for a 79-76 lead.

Funderburk led all scorers with 22 points. Jackson came off the bench to add 15 points, while Harris had 13 and Shane Heyward had 11.

DeAngelo Kirkland had 15 boards for the second consecutive night.

CSU plays at Saint Leo on Nov. 26 at 4 p.m.

Columbus State (79)

DeAngelo Kirkland 2-7 2-3 6, Shane Heyward 3-8 5-7 11, Kenney Funderburk 8-17 6-8 22, BJ Battle 2-7 1-2 6, Ty Harris 3-5 6-7 13, Tim Dixon 1-1 2-2 4, Jacori Payne 1-2 0-0 2, Will Howard 0-0 0-0 0, Brent Jackson 4-7 4-5 15. Total 24-54 26-34 79.

Elizabeth City State (76)

Ward 1-5 2-3 4, Brown 1-2 0-0 2, Patterson 2-9 0-0 6, Edwards 6-10 0-1 13, Faulcon 6-16 0-1 17, Anderson 1-3 2-2 4, Griffin 1-3 2-2 5, Land 0-0 0-0 0, Marshall 6-13 5-8 18, Tatum 1-1 0-0 3, Theus 0-2 0-0 0, Key 1-5 2-2 4. Total 26-69 13-19 76.

Halftime--Columbus State 43-32. 3-pointers--Columbus State Funderburk 0-5, Battle 1-5, Harris 1-2, Payne 0-1, Jackson 3-5. ECS--Patterson 2-6, Edwards 1-5, Faulcon 5-9, Anderson 0-1, Griffin 1-2, Marshall 1-1, Tatum 1-1. Rebounds--Columbus State Kirkland 15, Heyward 3, Funderburk 5, Battle 6, Harris 2, Dixon 4, Payne 1, Jackson 6, Team 2. ECS--Ward 5, Brown 3, Patterson 3, Edwards 2, Faulcon 5, Land 1, Marshall 7, Tatum 1, Theus 1, Key 5. Assists--Columbus State Kirkland 2, Funderburk 2, Harris 3, Dixon 1. ECS--Patterson 2, Edwards 6, Faulcon 2, Griffin 1, Marshall 1.

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