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CSU tips off basketball with Cougar Madness

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Columbus State University officially tipped off basketball season Tuesday night with the annual Cougar Madness at the Lumpkin Center.

Both the men's and women's teams were announced to the crowd, an exercise proved necessary by an influx of newcomers. The men's have five returners showing the way to nine fresh faces.

"Last year, we didn't have the kind of season we wanted to have," said head coach Robert Moore. "This year, with nine new guys added with five returning guys, I think the nucleus and the guys that are back from last year can really give us some motivation."

On the women's side, head coach Jonathan Norton has seven freshmen and six returners. The newcomers add some much-needed size to the Lady Cougars, and the coach says the team is gelling already.

"We got six returners and seven freshmen, so we're about half and half, but they've already developed some good chemistry," Norton said. "They work extremely hard, good girls on and off the floor, so we're excited for what this season holds."

Both teams open the season with exhibitions. The women host Reinhardt on Nov. 2, while the men travel to Birmingham to face UAB on Nov. 8.

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