Columbus State University

CSU pulls ahead to beat Young Harris 86-83

The Columbus State Cougars left their second-leading scorer -- Brent Jackson -- at home, then watched as their leading scorer -- Cam Baker -- went down late in the first half with a twisted ankle.

Despite that adversity, the Cougars emerged with an 86-83 win on Sunday.

Baker remained in the locker room getting extra treatment as the second half began. Baker entered the game just over three minutes into the second half.

By then Young Harris turned a four-point halftime deficit into a four-point lead, 45-41.

The Mountain Lions eventually expanded the lead to 60-49 on a C.J. Wilson jumper with 12:07 left in the game.

But after a timeout, Baker, Arben Camaj and Brentine Taylor led the Cougars on an 18-4 run to take a 67-64 lead.

"During that timeout, I told them to chip away at it and be tough," CSU coach Robert Moore said, "and they would win it on the defensive end."

During that run, Baker had six points, Camaj had four and Taylor had the last six. Two of Taylor's field goals came after offensive rebounds.

The teams traded the lead and were tied three times, the final one at 77-77.

Baker completed a three-point play after he drove down the lane, made the basket and was fouled.

After Wilson missed a 3-point shot, Taylor missed a short jumper. But Camaj grabbed the rebound and made a layup for an 82-77 lead with 39 seconds left in the game.

CSU made four of six free throws down the stretch to hold the Mountain Lions.

"I am so proud of these guys," Moore said. "They

fought all night."

Baker, a Kendrick alum, finished with 32 points, 22 in the second half. Taylor finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds.

Wilson led Young Harris with 32.

CSU, which ended a two-game losing streak with the win, will host Flagler on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Lumpkin Center.

Note: Jackson was suspended for one game for disciplinary reasons. Moore announced the suspension before the game, but he did not go into details.

COLUMBUS STATE (13-4, 7-3 PBC)

Cam Baker 10-18 12-13 32; Brentine Taylor 12-18 1-2 25; Arben Camaj 4-7 0-0 8; Demetres Abrams 3-5 0-1 7; DeMarcus McVay 3-7 0-0 6; Darren Daniel 2-10 0-0 5; JaCori Payne 0-2 3-4 3; Markis Boyd 0-0 0-0 0; Matthias Sigurdarson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-68 16-20 86.

YOUNG HARRIS (10-9, 8-2 PBC)

C.J. Wilson 8-24 14-16 32; Marcellus Roberts 5-7 4-6 14; Ben Waterhouse 5-12 2-2 14; Marques McKoy 5-8 1-4 11; J.B. Charles 3-4 0-0 6; Bjorn Walker 2-9 0-1 4; Devin Coleman 1-2 0-0 2; James Laput 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-66 21-29 83.

Halftime--Columbus State 39-35. 3-point goals--Columbus State 2-13 (Darren Daniel 1-4; Demetres Abrams 1-2; Arben Camaj 0-1; DeMarcus McVay 0-2; JaCori Payne 0-1; Matthias Sigurdarson 0-1; Cam Baker 0-2), Young Harris 4-13 (C.J. Wilson 2-7; Ben Waterhouse 2-5; J.B. Charles 0-1). Fouled out--Columbus State-None, Young Harris-Ben Waterhouse; Marques McKoy; Marcellus Roberts. Rebounds--Columbus State 39 (Brentine Taylor 13), Young Harris 34 (Marques McKoy 10). Assists--Columbus State 12 (Cam Baker 4), Young Harris 14 (C.J. Wilson 7). Total fouls--Columbus State 21, Young Harris 20. Technical fouls--Columbus State-TEAM, Young Harris-None. A-779

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