COLUMBUS, Ga. - The Columbus State University men's basketball squad built a 10-point halftime lead, racing to an 89-74 Peach Belt Conference victory over visiting Armstrong Atlantic State University on Saturday afternoon at the Lumpkin Center in Columbus, Ga.
The Pirates (6-9, 3-5 PBC) dropped their fourth contest out of their last five, while Columbus State (9-6, 3-5 PBC) picked up its second win in its last three tries.
Armstrong and Columbus State were tied at 23-all with just under eight minutes to go until the break, but the Cougars ended the half on a 23-13 run to build a 10-point advantage at the break, 46-36.
In the second half, the Pirates cut the lead to seven on a three-point play by senior Eric Eversley, making the score 50-43, but Armstrong went scoreless over the next four possessions, and CSU pushed the lead back to double digits on two free throws from BJ Battle with 15:14 remaining. Armstrong would not get back within single digits the rest of the way.
Eversley finished the contest with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, his seventh double-double of the year. Junior Emmanuel Tiluscar added 19 points while junior Montel Baines chipped in 12 points.
Columbus State was led by Kenney Funderburk's 22 points off the bench. Shane Heyward added a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Battle also finished with 14 points.
Armstrong returns to action on Monday, January 20, visiting Georgia Southwestern for a 7:30 p.m. Peach Belt Conference contest in Americus, Ga.
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