In the midst of another basketball season -- the Columbus State Cougars are scoring on the court and in the classroom. It didn't take long for the men to make a mark. With just one loss in the first few weeks of the season they had achieved a national top-12 ranking in Division Two for junior colleges.
Pat Carlisle, Men's Basketball Coach: Team chemistry is a huge thing: Having the team on the same page and what that plan is. And it ultimately comes down to players have to make plays to win. To do that you have got to play hard.
Coach Carlisle has had an impressive run at Columbus State -- including 100 wins within five seasons. And his team qualified for the national tournament two years in a row including a finish as runners-up in the 2008 championship game. However, Carlisle stresses academic success alongside scoring success. Daily study tables before practice are mandatory.
Bernie Agnew, Freshman Guard, 3.3 GPA: The responsibility of grades is real important to emphasize for everybody to get their grades in basically so we can all prosper later in our careers
Glenn Cosey, Freshman Point Guard, 3.7 GPA: They're real big because sometimes you don't feel like doing homework, but when you get at study table you have no choice.
The focus pays off. During the autumn 2010 quarter the team's GPA averaged a 3.1 percent -- a new high. The team hasn't lost a player to academic ineligibility in four seasons. With another season off to a good start, these cougars plan to keep scoring big -- on the court - and off.
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