Chavis leads No. 22 Young Harris past Columbus State 69-54
Karl Chavis scored 27 points to lead No. 22 Young Harris College past Columbus State University 69-54 in a Peach Belt Conference men's basketball game Wednesday (Jan. 11) evening at the Lumpkin Center.
The Mountain Lions improved to 13-1 overall and to 4-1 in the Peach Belt, while the Cougars slipped to 9-6 and 2-3. YHC remains on the road for their next game Saturday (Jan. 14) when they travel to St. Augustine, Florida, for a 3:30 p.m. contest against Flagler College.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE:
Chavis, who was 10-of-18 shooting from the floor and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe, scored 17 of his game-high 27 points in the second half as the Mountain Lions outscored the Cougars 38-22 over the final 20 minutes.
The Mountain Lions used a 12-0 run to take a 18-12 lead after Chavis hit two free throws with 11:35 to play in the first half. YHC extended its lead to as many as 11 points (27-16) in the opening half after a Chavis jumper with 8:54 to go.
Columbus State got back in the game as the Cougars outscored the Mountain Lions 16-4 to close out the half and take a 32-31 lead into the locker room.
YHC broke open the game as they used eight unanswered points to take a 53-46 after a Lenny Pradia layup with 7:20 to play. The Mountain Lions used a 7-0 run a few minutes later to take a 12-point lead (60-48) on Chavis layup set up by a Pradia steal with 3:51 remaining.
The Cougars got as close as nine points (61-52), but the Mountain Lions extended their lead to as many as 15 points (69-54).
The Mountain Lions outrebounded the Coougars 42-29 and was led by Pradia's nine off the glass. Paul Hosey tallied six more, while three others - Chavis, Kennedy Willis, and Turahn Thompson - collected five each.
YHC outscored Columbus State 40-26 in the paint.
The Mountain Lions held the Cougars to just 35.5 percent (22-of-62) shooting from the field.