Hot-shooting CSU takes down FMU
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 Saturday afternoon in men’s basketball action.
It was the first conference loss of the season for Francis Marion (3-7, 2-1). The Patriots play at USC Aiken Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., before returning home to host Lander University on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. as FMU will hold a 4-for-$4 promotion.
Junior Keith Matthews, sophomore Winston Hill, and freshman Jamal Edmonson scored 13 points each to lead FMU. Hill pulled down seven rebounds. Edmonson’s point and rebound 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 lead after a three-pointer by senior guard Douglas Dwight. CSU answered with seven straight points to take the lead for good. 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.