Saturday, December 18, 2010

Men’s Basketball Preview: Cougars look to Tame Tigers

COLUMBUS – The Columbus State men’s basketball team returns to action on Sunday in a non-conference matchup against Hiwassee College.  Tipoff is set for 3:00 pm inside the friendly confines of the Lumpkin Center.   Live stats and a live webcast will be available via csucougars.com.

The Cougars are coming off a 90-85 loss to West Florida in Pensacola Wednesday evening. CSU lead at the half for the third straight game, but the Argos were too much in the second half as Columbus State lost its third consecutive game falling to 2-5 on the year.

Lamar Williams led the way with a game-high 24 points in 29 minutes off the bench against UWF.  The total was a career high for Williams as he connected on 9-of-16 shots including three from downtown.  Ridley (14 pts), Darkwa (13 pts) and Peterson (12 pts) were also in double figures and Darkwa added a team high nine rebounds.  Columbus State connected on 34-of-71 (47.9%) from the field as team.

The 85 points scored against West Florida was season-high for CSU, with the previous high of 84 coming against Carver Bible on November 22nd. The Cougars offense features six players who average seven points or more per contest.  Lamar Williams (16 ppg) and Steve Peterson (11.7 ppg) combine with Jarmarquis Steverson (9.9 ppg) to form an explosive backcourt.

Paul Darkwa (7.9 ppg) and Darius McKnight (8.1 ppg) have been a dominant force in the frontcourt. The duo has owned the glass, averaging 15 boards combined per game thus far.  McKnight is currently second in the PBC in offensive rebounds at 4.3/per game.  As a team, Columbus State is second in offensive rebounds overall, grabbing 15.4 offensive boards per contest.

The Tigers of Hiwassee College enter Sunday’s contest led by junior forward Zack Williams who averages over 25 points per game. As a team, the Tigers average 69 points a game and are shooting 42.5 percent from the floor so far this season.  They currently sport a 2-10 record this season after dropping a pair of games on Friday and Saturday in the 2010 Hampton Inn & Suites Fall Finals Classic hosted by Armstrong Atlantic State.

This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.

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