Cougars Get Late Three to Hold Off Rams
CSU Sports Information- The Columbus State University men's basketball team overcame a cold shooting night to take down Albany State 62-58 Monday night. The non-conference game took place at The Arena at West Campus.
DeMarcus McVay led all Cougars with 16 points and four rebounds while Chris Horton chipped in 13 points off the bench hitting three from behind the arc. Stanley Taylor and Jalen Thomas rounded out the double figure scorers for CSU putting up 12 and 10 points respectively.
"Even though this was out of conference this was a good win for us on the road," head coach Robert Moore said. "We've been shorthanded all season and with Zae out of the lineup tonight our depth was tested. But our defense stepped up in a big way, getting stops when we needed them most to lead us to the win."
The Cougars got off to a roaring start jumping out to the 11-0 start thanks to a hot start from the field. McVay got his jumper going and Taylor hit a layup plus the foul to give CSU the early lead. But the Rams would respond, quickly erasing the Cougar lead with an 11-0 run of their own to tie the game.
Both teams proceeded to go cold from the field for the next ten minutes of action before the Cougar defense got their offense rolling. Back-to-back steals and easy layups helped CSU get going and they capped off a 14-4 run with a Williams steal leading to a Thomas layup plus the foul. Once again, the Rams would respond and finished the half on a 13-3 run of their own to give themselves the three point lead at the half.
McVay scored the first six points of the second half for the Cougars, getting a putback to drop in to bring them within two. Their defense would go to work leaving Albany State scoreless over the next three minutes before Chris Horton drilled a three to put the Cougars on top 37-36 with 12:50 left.
The lead would go back and forth remaining around one possession as the second half pushed forward with neither team being able to break open the game. With under 50 seconds remaining the Cougars got the ball and sent it ahead to Horton who launched one from the corner that dropped to give the Cougars a four-point lead. It was Horton's third three-pointer at the time and finally gave CSU a two-possession lead.
But Albany State wouldn't go away quietly. They forced a turnover and missed two free throws giving the Rams the ball with just 9 seconds remaining and a slim 60-58 lead. The defense, which had come up huge all game came through one final time as the Cougars drew a charge in the paint, giving them the ball back to ice the game at the line.
Columbus State shot 34.4 percent (22-64) from the floor and 21.1 percent (4-19) from behind the arc.
CSU will be back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 20 taking on Georgia College inside the Lumpkin Center. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.