Hot-shooting Cougars defeat Francis Marion Men

Hot-shooting Cougars defeat Francis Marion Men

COLUMBUS, GA – Columbus State University shot 55.7 from the floor, including 16-of-32 shots from behind the three-point arc, to register a 103-76 Peach Belt Conference victory over Francis Marion University, Saturday (Jan. 4) afternoon in men's basketball action.

Francis Marion (3-7, 2-1) suffers its first conference loss.  The Patriots will play at USC Aiken on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., before returning home to host Lander University on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 3:30 p.m. as FMU will hold a 4-for-$4 promotion.

Junior Keith Matthews, sophomore Winston Hill, and freshman Jamal Edmonson all scored 13 points to lead FMU.  Hill pulled down seven rebounds, and Edmonson's point and rebound (5) totals were both career highs in his most extensive action of his first year.  Junior Kendall Wall added 10 points and seven rebounds.

Jalen Thomas paced Columbus State (6-5, 1-2) with 20 points, while Bryant Givens scored 19.  Each of them connected on four three-pointers.

FMU took an early 6-5 after a three-pointer by senior guard Douglas Dwight.  CSU answered with seven straight points to take the lead for good.  The margin was seven, at 20-13, after a three-point play by Patriot sophomore Trey Jones. A lay-up by Matthews kept FMU within nine at 29-20 with 7:08 left before halftime.  However, the Cougars outscored Francis Marion 23-9 the remainder of the half to forge a 52-29 halftime advantage.

The margin never dipped below 21 points during the second half.

The Patriots shot 39.0 percent from the floor for the game and made 12-of-19 free throws.

 

01/04/20 3:35 PM at Lumpkin Center...Columbus, Ga.
COLUMBUS STATE 103, FRANCIS MARION 76
FRANCIS MARION (3-7, 2-1 PBC)
Jamal Edmonson 6-12 0-0 13; Keith Matthews 5-12 3-4 13; Winston Hill 6-14
1-4 13; Kendall Wall 4-15 2-3 10; Douglas Dwight 3-3 0-0 8; Gabriel
Dickerson 3-7 0-0 6; Trey Jones 1-3 4-5 6; Alex Cox 1-3 0-0 3; Quinten
Thomas 1-4 1-2 3; Jaquez Smith 0-3 1-1 1; Loginn Norton 0-1 0-0 0; Ja'Lil
Robinson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-77 12-19 76.
COLUMBUS STATE (6-5, 1-2 PBC)
Jalen Thomas 7-11 2-2 20; Bryant Givens 7-8 1-2 19; Karl Ivey 4-9 0-0 12;
Landrius Horton 4-7 2-2 10; Anthony Moore 4-6 0-0 8; Robert Davis Jr 2-4 2-2
7; Chris Horton 2-7 0-0 6; Cam Paulding 2-2 0-0 4; Devan Porter-Wilson 2-3
0-0 4; Hunter Preston 2-3 0-0 4; Jordan Jedneski 1-2 0-0 3; Rahjae Jones 0-0
2-2 2; Aubrien Kemp 1-4 0-0 2; Stanley Taylor 1-3 0-0 2; Adrian Gaines 0-1
0-0 0. Totals 39-70 9-10 103.
Francis Marion................   29   47  -   76
Columbus State...............  52   51  -  103
3-point goals--Francis Marion 4-19 (Douglas Dwight 2-2; Alex Cox 1-3; Jamal
Edmonson 1-2; Kendall Wall 0-2; Gabriel Dickerson 0-1; Trey Jones 0-1;
Quinten Thomas 0-2; Jaquez Smith 0-2; Loginn Norton 0-1; Winston Hill 0-1;
Keith Matthews 0-2), Columbus State 16-32 (Karl Ivey 4-8; Bryant Givens 4-5;
Jalen Thomas 4-8; Chris Horton 2-6; Jordan Jedneski 1-1; Robert Davis Jr
1-2; Stanley Taylor 0-1; Landrius Horton 0-1). Fouled out--Francis
Marion-None, Columbus State-None. Rebounds--Francis Marion 41 (Kendall Wall
7; Winston Hill 7), Columbus State 41 (Anthony Moore 8). Assists--Francis
Marion 12 (Quinten Thomas 4), Columbus State 20 (Bryant Givens 6). Total
fouls--FMU 15, CSU 17. Technical fouls--Bryant Givens. A-474