Columbus State University

Columbus State basketball teams host Flagler on Wednesday night

By KEVIN PRICE

kprice@ledger-enquirer.com

The Columbus State basketball teams head into Wednesday night's Peach Belt Conference games against Flagler with different emotions.

The Cougars are riding high after rallying to knock off Western Division-leading Young Harris. The win allowed the Cougars (13-4, 7-3) to climb to within a game of the lead in the West.

"When Young Harris went up by 11, we really settled in and started playing great defense and began rebounding," Columbus State coach Robert Moore said. "That's the team that I like to see and I know what it is capable of."

Meanwhile, the Lady Cougars have lost 3-of-4 and played their worst game of the season in losing to Young Harris on Sunday.

The loss dropped CSU (13-4, 7-3) three games behind Clayton State.

"I'm looking forward to an opportunity to get back on the court after a disappointing performance on Sunday," CSU coach Jonathan Norton said. "Flagler has been playing really well of late, so we can't make the same mistakes that we did in our last game."

The women's game begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Lumpkin Center with the men to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Baker on fire

As they have most of the season, the Cougars are being led by guard Cam Baker. The Kendrick alum was named the Peach Belt Player of the Week on Monday after averging 31 points a game in two games last week.

Baker played the second half against Young Harris with a limp after twisting his ankle late in the first half. That didn't stop him from scoring 22 of his team-high 32 points. It was the fifth time this season he went over the 30 point mark.

He is fourth in the Peach Belt in scoring at 21.2 points per game. Baker is in the top 10 in five other categories.

Brentine Taylor had his second double-double of the season on Sunday. he finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds. He leads the PBC in field-goal percentage at 63.7.

Flagler (6-12, 2-8) has lost three straight. The Saints are 0-7 on the road this season.

Home sweet home

The Lady Cougars will be looking to tie the PBC record for consecutive wins at home against Flagler. CSU has won 25 straight. CSU

set the PBC mark at 26 from 1999-2001.

Defense was not a problem for CSU in its loss on Sunday. After giving up more than 70 points in each of its previous three games, the Lady Cougars allowed just 55 to Young Harris on 30.5 percent shooting from the field.

CSU never got its offense on track in the loss, scoring just 51 points, its lowest point total of the season.

Michelle Mitchell, who leads the league in scoring at 20.1, scored just 12.

Kevin Price, 706-320-4493, Follow Kevin on Twitter @lesports

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