DAHLONEGA, GA – North Georgia College
& State jumped all over the Cougars in the opening minutes and
never looked back, taking down Columbus State University 80-65 in
front of over 2,000 fans Wednesday evening in Memorial Hall.
The Saints electrified the crowd from the opening tip, jumping out to a 16-6 lead on their way to a 44-26 halftime advantage. North Georgia used nine fastbreak points in the opening period for an 18-point lead at intermission.
Columbus State cut the lead down to seven points with just over six minutes remaining, but the Saints answered right back and used clutch free throws and timely shooting to bring the crowd to their feet in the final minutes to celebrate a 15-point victory, North Georgia’s first home conference win of the season.
In what was the loudest crowd in recent history in Memorial Hall, Brody Langston sent the over 2,000 fans to the breaking point with a drive down the lane and a two-handed dunk over two Cougars at the 3:08 mark, sparking a 21-5 run to end the game.
The difference in the game came from behind the arc as North Georgia was a steller 47.4 percent from long range, while Columbus State managed just 14.3 percent shooting from behind the three-point line.
LaBrian Lyons continued to shine for the Saints, recording 20 points on 5-6 shooting from behind the arc while dishing out six assists. Michael Moynihan tallied 15 points thanks to a perfect 8-8 performance from the free throw line, and Anthony Rowe finished in double figures with 10 points and recorded yet another double-double with 13 rebounds.
Four players finished in double figures for Columbus State, led by Sean Miller with 15 points and Nick Gagnon with 11 points.
The Saints return to action on Saturday afternoon, looking for their third straight Peach Belt Conference victory as they host 7th-ranked Augusta State University at 4:00 p.m.