Big First Half Run Sends Cougars To 70-46 Win Over Pirates
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Columbus State University used a 15-0 run in the first half to pull away from visiting Armstrong Atlantic State University and pick up a 70-46 Peach Belt Conference men's basketball victory on Thursday evening at the Lumpkin Center.
The loss snapped a modest three-game win streak for Armstrong (7-8, 3-4 PBC), while Columbus State (8-6, 3-2 PBC) continued its string of alternating wins and losses for its last seven contests.
A Stephen Davis layup with 8:19 left in the first half cut an early Columbus State lead to six, 22-16, but the Cougars embarked on a 15-0 run over the next four and a half minutes to jump out to a 37-18 lead. Columbus State cruised into halftime with an 18-point lead, 39-21, then held Armstrong to just 28 percent shooting in the second half to claim the victory.
Armstrong shot a season-low 30.4 percent from the field (17-of-56), including hitting just 2-of-17 three-pointers for 11.8 percent. Columbus State hit 46 percent from the field (29-of-63) while not making a three-point shot (0-for-13) in the win.
Senior Chris Vanlandingham and junior Aric Miller each led the Pirates with 13 points apiece. Vanlandingham inched closer to becoming the 18th player in Armstrong history with 1,000 points as he now has 979 career points after Thursday night's game.
Columbus State's Jarmarquis Steverson and Darius McKnight each led the Cougars on the night with 14 points.
Armstrong returns to action on Saturday, January 12th, visiting preseason Peach Belt Conference favorite Georgia Southwestern for a 3:30 p.m. matchup with the Hurricanes.