DAHLONEGA – Josh Cottrell hit four three-pointers, and Ephraim Tshimanga earned his second double-double in as many games as the University of North Georgia men’s basketball team earned an 80-65 win over Columbus State Wednesday night.

Both teams started very slow offensively with the score being tied, 10-10, with just over 10 minutes to play in the first half. From there, the offense exploded, getting kickstarted by a Darnell Snyers three from the top of the key that gave UNG a small lead.

CSU answered by taking a six-point lead with just under six minutes to play until halftime. UNG responded with a 29-7 run to take a 15-point lead early in the second half, a lead that the Nighthawks would not relinquish the rest of the way.

– The Nighthawks held Columbus State to just 40 percent from the floor while shooting nearly 54 percent themselves. UNG’s shooting performance included hitting 8-of-19 three pointers.

– Tshimanga finished with 22 points to go with 11 dimes. He also added eight rebounds, falling two short of a triple-double. Each of the last two games, the senior has been just shy of the triple-double due to rebounds.

– Also finishing in double figures for North Georgia were Bailey Minor (13), Cottrell (12) and Zach Brown (12).