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Cougars Clip Eagles Wings in Rivalry Game

(01/16/10) Clearwater, FL- The Clearwater Christian Cougars hosted their rival, the Pensacola Christian College Eagles, on Saturday, January 16. The crowd packed the CCC gym in anticipation for this match up.

The Cougars came out with a strong game plan running the floor at a quick pace and playing lock down defense. Clearwater fed off the energy of the crowd and jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Coach Championís offense only committed 2 turnovers in the first half which propelled them into the half with a 50-32 lead. The game resumed with the Cougars staying hot until mid way through the half when Pensacola hit their stride, helped by excellent free throw shooting. The Eagles continued to fight their way back from the early deficit but came up short by a final score of 86-78.

The Cougars spread the ball around very well on offense and were led in scoring by freshman Andy Carson who had 17 points and 6 rebounds. Carson came up huge when needed down the stretch and looks to be a strong contributor in the remainder of the Cougarís season. Troy Hadlock played tough defense and also finished with 15 points while Lonzo Saunders chipped in 13 points. Bryan Copeland ran the point smoothly and finished with 12 points and a team high 8 assists. The Cougars will be in action again on January 19, when they host Florida Christian College.