Columbus State’s defense stepped up to lead the 11th-ranked Cougars to a 68-46 win over Georgia College in Peach Belt Conference women’s basketball Saturday.
The Bobcats dropped to 11-10 overall and 7-7 in the conference as a four-game winning streak came to an end. The Cougars improved to 22-1 and 13-1.
Georgia College beat Columbus State 73-62 on Jan. 10.
Enisha Donley had 11 points, all in the first half, while Shanteona Keys added 11 for Georgia College
The Cougars had an impressive night defensively, only allowing the Bobcats to shoot 30.8 percent from the field and forcing 18 turnovers for the night. Michelle Mitchell had 18 points and seven rebounds to lead Columbus State.
Georgia College was sharp from the free-throw line (87.5 percent) in the first half, but still trailed 35-24 at the intermission.
The Cougars defense clamped down in the second half, allowing the Bobcats only 22 points on 9-of-29 shooting.
Georgia College is in fourth place in the West, and four games out of second place. The top four teams in each division make the conference tournament.
Georgia College hosts Young Harris at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
COLUMBUS STATE 77,
GEORGIA COLLEGE 72
For the second time this season, the Georgia College men team took Columbus State to the limit only to fall short.
Georgia College fell to 9-14 overall and 3-11 in the Peach Belt. Columbus State improved to 18-3 and 12-2.
Earlier this season, Georgia College dropped a 91-90 game to the Cougars.
The Bobcats were in essentially a one-possession game down the stretch, missing game-tying attempts from the free-throw line and 3-point range with under a minute left.
Senior Larrentis Thomas finished with a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double, his 11th of the season. Junior Terrell Harris led Georgia College with 18 points, including 8-of-10 from the free-throw line.
Junior guard Dwight Anderson had a productive day with 17 points, shooting 2-for-3 from long range and 5-for-5 from the free-throw line.
The Bobcats controlled the first half en route to a 43-32 lead at the break, thanks to a 50-percent half from the floor.
The second half was a complete reversal, the Bobcats falling to a 36.4 percent rate while the Cougars connected 55 percent of the time.
Georgia College hosts Young Harris at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday for Faculty Appreciation Night.
FORT VALLEY STATE 75
A 10-1 run midway through the second half was enough to lift Paine’s men past Fort Valley State in SIAC men’s action.
Paine led 53-51 with 11:33 left in the game, and turned that into a 63-52 advantage by the 9:11 mark, Denzel Dillingham’s 3-pointer capping the run.
The Wildcats soon trailed by 12 and finally cut the deficit to six, but that was inside the final minute and the Lions held on.
Both teams had three more assists than turnovers, but the Lions were a little better from the floor and almost 14 percentage points better on 3-pointers.
Dillingham led Paine (16-5, 12-2) with 19 points.
Derrick Spear paced the Wildcats with 19 points and Tyrone Brinson added 15.
FORT VALLEY STATE (WOMEN) 54
A good second half wasn’t enough to overcome a poor start as Fort Valley State lost at home.
Paine took a 24-9 halftime lead, which the Wildcats turned around and won the second half 45-37.
FVSU trailed 10-0 after four minutes and then went nearly six minutes without a point.
Antionna Jefferson led FVSU (8-16, 6-7 in SIAC) with 22 points, while former Mercer player Britnee Hazel had a double-double with 12 points and 19 rebounds.
The Wildcats were plagued by 26 turnovers to ony seven assists.
Janisha Wilkerson led Paine (8-13, 6-7) with 15 points.
SALEM 64, WESLEYAN 52
Wesleyan battled against Great South Athletic Conference champion Salem, but a drought opened the door for Salem to pull away.
Salem put together a 30-11 run in a 13-minute span during the middle of the game to build a lead that Wesleyan couldn’t overcome.
The Wolves cut a 21-point deficit in the second to nine with three minutes left.
“We fought back after being down big with about 12 minutes to play and were able to cut the lead to nine,” Wesleyan head coach Nicky DiMarzio said. “If we hadn’t dug ourselves a hole at the end of the first half, the outcome could have been very different.
Courtne Washington recorded her fourth double-double in six games, scoring 11 points and grabbing 15 rebounds, while point guard Alyssa Whitford led the Wolves in scoring with 17.
Freshman Kyla Williamson chipped in with season with 12 points and five assists.
Wesleyan hosts Agnes Scott at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.