Columbus State University

Columbus State takes to road for games at Georgia College

Games will be webcast on espn3.com

By KEVIN PRICE

kprice@ledger-enquirer.com

The atmosphere in Georgia College Centennial Center should be electric this afternoon.

Not only will old and sometimes bitter rivals meet for a pair of Peach Belt Conference games, but it is homecoming for Georgia College.

And, oh, by the way, the game will be webcast on espn3.com as the Division II Basketball Game of the Week. The women's game is set for 3:30 p.m. with the men to follow at 5:30 p.m.

"Playing on the road in Milledgeville is always tough," CSU men's coach Robert Moore said. "Saturday is going to be no different. It's their homecoming, espn3 is there and we are one of their biggest rivals, so I expect the place to be packed.

"Under those circumstances, it's even more important for the guys to be communicating together and playing as a team."

The Cougars (16-4, 10-3) have won four straight, the last of which appeared very much in doubt with nine minutes remaining. CSU trailed Clayton State 74-61 before mounting a huge rally with a 13-0 run. Cam Baker capped it off with a jumper with 1.3 seconds left for an 88-86 victory.

"Wednesday was a tough game," Moore said. "We didn't play well at all for most of it, but the guys finally turned the tide when they needed to.

"We are going to have to play a complete game on Saturday to get the win."

Baker is fifth in the conference in scoring at 21.1 points per game. Brent Jackson came off the bench to score 25 points and grab nine rebounds.

With his 19 points on Wednesday, Baker still ranks fifth in the PBC in scoring

CSU is in a three-way tie for first place in the Western Division. Georgia College (15-7, 8-5) ended a three-game losing streak on Wednes

day with a win at Augusta. CSU has won six straight in the series.

Meanwhile, the Lady Cougars are in a two-team tie for the lead in Western Division with Clayton State. But that seemed unlikely just two weeks ago.

CSU had lost three of four to fall three games behind Clayton State.

But since then, CSU has won three straight, while Clayton State has lost three straight.

After CSU's 73-64 win over Clayton State on Wednesday, the two teams are tied at 10-3.

Georgia College is in third, three games behind.

Both CSU and Georgia College are in the top three in the conference in scoring defense.

CSU's Michelle Mitchell leads the PBC in scoring at 20.3 per game.

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

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