Columbus State Men’s Basketball Opens up PBC Play Versus Montevallo
Columbus – The Columbus State men's basketball team will enter Tuesday night's Peach Belt Conference opener versus Montevallo off the heels of heartbreak 60-59 loss to undefeated West Georgia Saturday afternoon. Tip-off tomorrow night is set for 8:30 p.m. at Bank Trust Arena.
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CSU nearly overcame a six point deficit in the closing minutes of Saturday's contest but came up a bucket short as Idell Bell and Darius Mcknight each missed a shot in the final seconds of regulation that would have propelled the Cougars to the victory. The play was originally set for Steve Peterson, Columbus State's leading scorer, but the Columbus native was forced to dish the ball off as his lane to the basket was cutoff.
For the game, Columbus State shot 38.7% (24-for-62) from the field, but just 31.3% (10-for-32) in the second half. Peterson led all scorers with 19 points while Steverson and Bell both chipped in with 10 points apiece. CSU didn't help itself at the free throw line either knowing down just 8-of-16 attempts.
The Cougars did a great job of corralling UWG's leading scorer Da'Ron Sims to just 10 points. The forward came into the contest averaging nearly 22 points a game and dropped 28 points on CSU in their first meeting of the season.
The Falcons are coming off a 66-60 upset of No. 12 Georgia Southwestern in each team's PBC opener Saturday afternoon. Senior D.J. Rivera led the Falcons with 27 points, six rebounds, and three steals. He was 9-of-13 from the field. Montevallo used a late surge in the first half to take a 32-27 lead into the break which they wouldn't relinquish. They out-rebounded GSW 38-24 including 13 offensive rebounds which they used to score 17 second chance opportunities.
The Falcons have had the upper hand in this series winning 13 of 18 all-time meetings. Since UM has joined the PBC, they are 4-0 versus CSU and have won all six contests since the Cougars joined the Peach Belt. Montevallo is currently on a seven game winning streak.
The game can be heard live on Magic 101.3 as CSU radio announcer Scott Miller brings you all the action from Livingston.