Columbus State University

Columbus State men unable to hold off Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. --Columbus State rallied in the second half to take a lead over Augusta, but the Cougars couldn't finish and lost 81-77 on Saturday at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

The loss snapped a six-game road winning streak for the 21st-ranked Cougars (12-3, 6-2 Peach Belt Conference).

"We just didn't make enough plays down the stretch," CSU caoch Robert Moore said. "We did a good job to come back in the second half, but Augusta was better in the final minutes."

Augusta led 47-41 at halftime and held a seven-point lead, 59-52, with 13 minutes left in the game.

Brentine Taylor, who led the Cougars with 17 points, hit a 3-pointer to start a 10-0 run for a 62-59 lead.

JaCori Payne, who scored 13 points, hit a 3-pointer as CSU expanded its lead to six, 67-61, with 7:32 left. That was the Cougars' largest lead of the game.

Augusta battled back to tie the game at 73-73 on a free throw by Tommy Williams with 1:36 remaining.

Payne hit 1-of-2 free throws to give CSU its last lead of the game.

Keshun Sherrill, the PBC's leading scorerer, hit a 3-pointer with 1:04 left to give the Jaguars (9-6, 5-3) the lead for good. Sherrill finished with 27 points.

Cam Baker, CSU's leading scorer, scored just 10 points, 10 below his average. The Kendrick alum played just 21 minutes as he battled foul trouble.

CSU shoot just 43.6 percent from the floor (24-of-55).

Augusta pounded the glass, outrebounding CSU 48-24.

CSU will host Lander on Tuesday at the Lumpkin Center.

COLUMBUS STATE (12-3, 6-2 PBC)

Brent Jackson 4-12 6-7 17; Brentine Taylor 5-7 5-8 15; JaCori Payne 4-10 4-5 13; Cam Baker 3-6 4-6 10; Darren Daniel 2-9 0-0 6; DeMarcus McVay 3-5 0-1 6; Arben Camaj 2-5 0-0 5; Matthias Sigurdarson 1-1 2-2 5. Totals 24-55 21-29 77.

AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY (9-6, 5-3 PBC)

Keshun Sherrill 6-16 12-13 27; Aaron Byrd 2-3 6-6 12; Tommy Williams 5-9 1-3 11; Tamyrik Fields 4-10 2-4 10; Deane Williams 0-3 6-8 6; Ben Ursich 2-2 0-0 6; Keith Crump 2-5 0-0 5; Tyvez Monroe 2-5 0-1 4; Trevor Foreman 0-1 0-0 0; Ja'Shawn Brooks 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-54 27-35 81.

Halftime--Augusta 47-41. 3-point goals--Columbus State 8-25 (Brent Jackson 3-11; Darren Daniel 2-6; Matthias Sigurdarson 1-1; JaCori Payne 1-4; Arben Camaj 1-2; Cam Baker 0-1), Augusta University 8-16 (Keshun Sherrill 3-5; Ben Ursich 2-2; Aaron Byrd 2-3; Keith Crump 1-4; Tyvez Monroe 0-2). Fouled out--Columbus State-Cam Baker, Augusta University-None. Rebounds--Columbus State 24 (Brentine Taylor 7), Augusta University 48 (Tommy Williams 10; Tamyrik Fields 10). Assists--Columbus State 16 (Brent Jackson 4; Darren Daniel 4), Augusta University 15 (Deane Williams 4). Total fouls--Columbus State 23, Augusta University 23. Technical fouls--Columbus State-None, Augusta University-None. A-643

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