Men’s Basketball Launches Season with Historic Upset Over Auburn

AUBURN, AL -- Steve Peterson hit the game-winning shot with 15 seconds remaining and Columbus State had a huge defensive stand to close out the game as the Cougars defeated Auburn 54-52 Monday night at Auburn Arena.

Donta Ridley

After Auburn tied the score up at 50 all with 1:28 left, Peterson hit a jumper to give CSU a two point lead with 1:08 remaining.  Rob Chubb tied the game for the fourth and final time after his layup was good.  After each team used a time out, Peterson was isolated and used a pick from Paul Darkwa to hit the game-winner from the right corner.

Peterson registered a double-double in the contest with 17 points and 11 rebounds.  Donta Ridley and Jamarquis Steverson chipped in with 11 and nine points, respectively.  Darkwa grabbed eight rebounds while Jonathan Murphy, Steverson and Ridley each had seven boards.  CSU held a 50-44 advantage on the glass and hit 69.2 percent (18-26) of its free throws.

Auburn had a pair of players in double-figures, led by Earnest Ross's 14 points. Kenny Gabriel was the team leader with 11 rebounds while Chubb was close behind him with nine.  As a team, they shot 32.8 percent from the field and hit just seven of their 20 free throw attempts (35 percent). 

The two sides had previously met twice before during the 1983-84 and 1984-85 seasons.  Auburn won both meetings although Columbus State (Columbus College at the time) nearly pulled off the upset bid in their first meeting.

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