ASU men and women lose to Columbus State on the road

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Thursday February 14, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State outscored Augusta State 45-34 in the second half Thursday night to claim an 82-68 Peach Belt Conference victory over the Jaguars in Lumpkin Center.

With the loss, ASU slipped to 11-10 on the season and 6-8 in the PBC. The Cougars moved to 11-12 overall and 6-10 in league play.

Sophomore guard Devonte Thomas knocked down four 3-pointers and tallied a team-high 22 points for the Jags. Junior Ryan Weems posted 17 points and freshman Michael Graham notched a career-high 10 points off the bench. Sophomore Devon Wright-Nelson logged a game-high 11 rebounds.

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State opened up a double-digit, second-half lead Thursday night and picked up a 61-54 Peach Belt Conference victory over Augusta State in Lumpkin Center.

The contest marked the middle game of three straight road contests for the Lady Jaguars, who dropped to 16-5 on the season and 9-5 in the conference.

The victory lifted the Cougars to 14-9 overall and moved CSU into a tie for second place in the PBC West Division standings with Montevallo at 10-6 in the league.

The Lady Jaguars, who led by as many as nine points in the first half, were paced senior Taylor Ayers’ 17 points off the bench. Junior guard Jemimah Ashby, ASU’s leading scorer at 13.8 ppg., saw her first action since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in early January. She scored 10 points in 11 minutes in her first appearance since Jan. 2. Becky Newhouse grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and Brittany White logged seven points, six assists and five steals.

Taren White matched Ayers with 17 points for the Cougars. Tae Smith and Chatil Bradford chipped in 10 points each and Asha Alexander snagged eight boards.

ASU connected on five of its first eight shot attempts and led 11-2 at the 15:05 mark of the first half. The Cougars immediately clawed back, scoring 12 straight points to take a 14-11 lead on a pair of White free throws with 8:47 to play. The lead changed hands eight more times over the remainder of the half before CSU closed with a 7-0 spurt for a 35-28 halftime advantage.
Rory Miller netted a game-high 23 points off the bench for the Cougars and nine rebounds. BJ Battle booked 18 points off the bench, while Nick Turner added 11 and Jermaine Morgan pitched in 10.

CSU shot 49.2 percent from the field, including 55.2 percent in the second half, and outrebounded the Jags, 41-25. The Cougars connected on 9-of-22 3-point attempts (40.9 percent) while ASU hit just 6-of-24 tries (25.0 percent) from long range.

Columbus sprinted out to a 10-0 lead in the first 2:57 of the contest before the Jags stemmed the tide with a 3-pointer from Thomas. The Jags countered with a 19-4 run and grabbed their first lead on consecutive treys from Thomas and Ryan Weems at the 11:02 mark.

A 3-point play from Thomas gave ASU a 22-16 advantage before a dunk from Turner capped a 7-0 Cougar spurt and put the hosts back in front. The Jags grabbed their last lead on a D’Angelo Boyce bucket with 5:24 left in the half and Columbus led 37-34 at the break.