GSW off the mark early; valiant comeback at CSU falls short

Despite shooting 13.6 percent in the first half, the Georgia Southwestern men's baskeball team trailed Columbus State by only four points in the final two minutes before falling 68-56 at the Lumpkin Center on Wednesday evening.

Hurricane shooters were ice cold for the first 25 minutes of the game. GSW was 3-for-22 from the floor in the opening half and the shooting woes spilled into the beginning of the second stanza as the 'Canes went 1-for-9. With 15:04 left in the game, Southwestern had a 12.9 field goal percentage (4-for-31).

Even with all of their struggles from the floor, the Hurricanes defict peaked at 21 points.

An Evan Mobley three-point basket started a GSW comeback with 15 minutes left in the game. Over the next 11 minutes, Southwestern managed to chip away at the CSU lead, eventually pulling within 13 points with 4:03 on the clock.

The Hurricane offense sparked with a three-point basket and a pair of converted three-point plays to go on an 11-2 run and bring GSW within four points (57-53) with 1:56 remaining.

GSW would manage one field goal the rest of the way as CSU improved to 12-13 overall and 6-10 in the Peach Belt.  

Mobley scored a season-high 24 points to lead the Hurricanes. Chris Rawls posted his sixth double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Lamar Williams collected 17 points for Columbus State. Chris Telesford matched Rawls with a double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

Southwestern finished the game with a 29.6 field goal percentage (16 of 54). The Cougars shot 42.6 percent (23 of 54).

The Hurricanes had a better shooting percentage from beyond the arc (31.8) than inside the three-point stripe (28.1).

GSW committed eight more turnovers (18-10) than Columbus State and trailed 23-2 in bench points.

Southwestern (7-19, 3-13) closes the 2009-10 season on Saturday at Clayton State. Tip is at 3:30 p.m.