COLUMBUS, Ga. - It was "bombs away" Thursday evening in the Lumpkin Center as Georgia Southwestern drained a school record 17 3-pointers to pull off the upset of No. 18 Columbus State, 109-104, in Peach Belt Conference men's basketball action.
Adam Thoseby scored a career-high 34 points to lead the Hurricanes, and three other GSW starters added 20 or more points apiece in the winning effort. It was the first time GSW scored over 100 points in a PBC game since joining the league in 2006-07.
The Hurricanes improved their record to 6-6 overall and 2-3 in conference play while Columbus State fell to 10-2, 4-1 in the PBC. The Hurricanes have won three straight road games in the series with the Cougars.
The sides played a fairly even opening 10 1/2 minutes on Thursday until Columbus State made the first run of the game, a 14-0 outburst that put the Cougars ahead 39-26 with 5:39 remaining before halftime. GSW quickly clawed back and tied the game at 44-44 capped by a Terence Johnson tip in at the 1:04 mark. Thoseby scored nine straight points for GSW during that stretch. Columbus State led 49-45 at the break.
Neither team could create much separation in the second half as the largest margin was nine points when Columbus State led 73-64 with 11:15 to play. The Hurricanes would not go away and eventually regained the lead with 1:46 to go when Damien Leonard sank a 3-pointer to make the score 96-93.
Cam Baker answered with a 3-pointer for Columbus State and following a Brandon Price basket for GSW, Jacori Payne tied the game once again for the Cougars.
The final momentum swing went back to Southwestern when Price converted a 3-point play with 33 seconds on the clock. His free throw on that conversion was the first of nine straight made by the Hurricanes to close out the victory.
GSW shooters were as accurate as they had been all season. The Hurricanes shot a season-best 63.9 percent (39 of 61) from the floor, including a remarkable 58.6 percent (17 of 29) from beyond the arc, and a season-best 87.5 percent (14 of 16) from the charity stripe.
Columbus State wasn't far behind with a 59.1 field goal percentage and a 75 percent efficiency from the free throw line.
With all of the made baskets, both teams fell well below their season average for rebounds. The Hurricanes finished with a slight edge in the category, 29-25, and improved to 6-0 this season when winning the battle on the glass. GSW dished out 10 more assists, 24-14, and drained nine more from beyond the arc, 17-8, than the Cougars. The 24 assists are the most in a game for GSW since Feb. 7, 2013, which, interestingly enough, came against Columbus State.
Price connected on 8 of 9 shots, finished with 22 points and dished out a game-high seven assists for GSW. Leonard made 6 of 9 shots from 3-point range en route to his 20 points. Jure Gunjina chipped in 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Baker led all scorers with 41 points, 22 of which came in the second half when he made 8 of 12 shots and all five of his free throw attempts for CSU. Payne added 23 points and five rebounds. DeMarcus McVay snagged a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Hurricanes return home to host Young Harris on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.