20 Great Years - 20 Great Games

June 4, 2010
Peach Belt 20 in 20 – Game #1: NCAA Softball Regional Final: GCSU vs. Armstrong Atlantic State, May 10, 2003
Over the last five months, we’ve counted down the top 20 games in Peach Belt Conference history. Now, we have reached the end and its time to unveil what was the overwhelming fans choice as the greatest game ever played.

May 28, 2010
Peach Belt 20 in 20 – Game #2: PBC Men’s Basketball Tournament – USC Aiken vs. Armstrong Atlantic State, March 7, 2009
There are those games that become classics the instant they are over and the game that comes in at #2 on our top 20 countdown is certainly one of those as USC Aiken edged out Armstrong Atlantic State in four overtimes in the semifinals of the 2009 PBC Tournament, the greatest men’s basketball game ever played.

May 21, 2010
Peach Belt 20 in 20 – Game #3: PBC Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship – GCSU vs. Francis Marion, March 4, 2006
Georgia College & State University won the first double-overtime championship game in PBC history over Francis Marion in a game that featured 26 lead changes and 18 ties to cap off a truly unique 2006 basketball tournament.

May 18, 2010
Peach Belt 20 in 20 – Game #4: NCAA Baseball Regional: Columbus State vs. Kennesaw State, May 18, 2002
In what can now be called the greatest baseball game ever played in the Peach Belt, Columbus State beat Kennesaw State 13-11 in 10 innings to win the 2002 south atlantic regional and advance to the World Series, where they would capture their first national championship.

April 30, 2010
Peach Belt 20 in 20 – Game #5: Women’s Basketball: Columbus State vs. Francis Marion, March 11, 2000
The PBC’s 20 in 20 has reached the top five! Coming at #5 we look, for the second straight game, at a classic Columbus State/Francis Marion matchup. On March 11, 2000, the two teams met in the NCAA South Atlantic Regional Championship where Columbus State went into overtime to hold off Francis Marion 101-99 and advance to their first NCAA Elite Eight.

April 22, 2010
Peach Belt 20 in 20 – Game #6: Women’s Basketball: Columbus State vs. Francis Marion, Feb. 10, 2008
PBC 20 in 20 rolls on with game #6! Most of the games on our countdown have been in NCAA Regional or PBC Tournaments, but one of the great things about sports is that on any given night, you can see something magical. Such is the case on Feb. 10, 2008, when Francis Marion traveled to Columbus State, a game that was one among many on the schedule, and played a record-setting classic as CSU beat FMU 113-108 (2ot), the highest-scoring game in PBC history.

April 20, 2010
Peach Belt 20 in 20 – Game #7: NCAA Women’s Tennis Regional: Francis Marion vs. Columbus State, May 5, 2009
In a sport dominated by one institution it can be easy to overlook the fact that superlative competition is occurring in many different places all over the conference. Such is the case with women’s tennis. While Armstrong Atlantic State was marching towards another national championship in 2009, Francis Marion and Columbus State played a classic in the NCAA Regional that is the 7th greatest game in PBC history.

April 9, 2010
Peach Belt 20 in 20 – Game #8: NCAA Men’s Soccer Regional: Francis Marion vs. Clayton State, Nov. 11, 2000
For 10 years, the 2000 NCAA men’s soccer regional final has come to define what happens when two teams playing at their peak leave everything on the field. Through four overtimes, 150 minutes of play, and a penalty-kick shootout, Francis Marion and Clayton State defined greatness in not only the Peach Belt Conference, but in collegiate sports.

April 2, 2010
Peach Belt 20 in 20 - Game #9: NCAA Men's Basketball Region Final: GCSU vs. Columbus State, March 11, 2000.
Georgia College & State University made their first trip to the Elite Eight after overcoming a 17-point first-half deficit to defeat Columbus State in the NCAA Regional Final on March 11, 2000.

March 26, 2010
Peach Belt 20 in 20 - Game #10: NCAA Softball Regional: Kennesaw State vs. Columbus State, May 9, 1997
We begin the second half of our 20 in 20 countdown with a classic in the second round of the 1997 NCAA South Atlantic Softball regional as Kennesaw State went the distance and then some with Columbus State before winning 3-1 in 17 innings.

March 19, 2010
Peach Belt 20 in 20 - Game #11: PBC Men's Basketball Tournament: Armstrong Atlantic St. vs. Francis Marion, March 5, 2004
In one of the greatest PBC Tournament games ever played (in the quarterfinals, no less), Armstrong Atlantic State knocked off top-seeded and fifth-ranked Francis Marion 72-69 on a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Jason Sanders. It was the only possible conclusion to a game that saw 10 ties and 19 lead changes (14 in the second half).

March 12, 2010
Peach Belt 20 in 20 - Game #12: PBC Men's Basketball Tournament Championship: Clayton St. vs. USC Aiken, March 9, 2008
It took three overtimes, but Clayton State won their first tournament championship as they beat USC Aiken in the 2008 PBC championship game, the only men’s final in PBC history decided in extra frames and the biggest upset in the history of the championship game. Clayton State became the lowest-seeded team ever to win the PBC Tournament and defeated the #1, #2 and #3 seeds to do so.

February 26, 2010
Peach Belt 20 in 20 - Game #13: PBC Women's Basketball Tournament Championship: GCSU vs. North Florida, March 2, 2002
In one the most thrilling PBC women’s basketball games ever played, GCSU’s Larkin Cleaveland hit a running baseline jumper as time expired to lift the Lady Bobcats to a 68-66 win over heavily-favored North Florida in the 2002 PBC Tournament championship game.

February 19, 2010
Peach Belt 20 in 20 - Game #14: Men's Soccer - Lander vs. USC Upstate, Nov. 2, 1991
The very first Peach Belt Conference men’s soccer tournament championship game would prove to be one of the most memorable as Lander defeated USC Spartanburg (now USC Upstate) 6-5 in penalty kicks at the inaugural 1991 championship.

February 12, 2010
Peach Belt 20 in 20: Game #15 – PBC Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship: Augusta State vs. USC Aiken, March 8, 2009
It can be difficult to put things in perspective when they are less than a year old, but even from so short a distance through time, the 2008-09 men’s basketball season stands out as the most competitive and exciting the Peach Belt has ever seen. All of that came to a head in the 2009 PBC Tournament where two old rivals, both ranked in the top 25, met in front of the largest crowd to ever watch a PBC championship game.

February 5, 2010
Peach Belt 20 in 20 - Game #16 - Women's Soccer: Columbus St. vs. Armstrong Atlantic St., Oct. 29, 2006
Columbus State and Armstrong Atlantic State began their women’s soccer programs a year apart and in short order rocketed to the top of the PBC standings. When they met in the 2006 PBC Tournament championship game, each seeking their first title, they cemented themselves in the conference annals with the first and, to date, only women’s soccer final to be decided in a penalty kick shootout.

January 29, 2010
Peach Belt 20 in 20 - Game #17 - Men's Cross Country: 2000 PBC Championships
It seemed throughout the 2000 men’s cross country season that the entire year was leading up to one point: Kennesaw State vs. North Florida. When the two teams finally squared off on the campus of Columbus State University on Oct. 21, 2000, the match surpassed the hype as North Florida beat Kennesaw State 39-41 in the closest men’s championship ever run, before or since.

January 22, 2010
Peach Belt 20 in 20 - Game #18 – Women's Cross Country: 1991 Peach Belt Conference Championships
The very first championship ever held by the brand new Peach Belt Conference turned out to be the most memorable as Lander edged out Armstrong Atlantic State 32-35 on October 26, 1991.

January 15, 2010
Peach Belt 20 in 20 - Game #19 – Men’s Golf: 1993 Peach Belt Conference Championships
#1-ranked Columbus State and #5-ranked USC Aiken needed more than 36 holes to decide the 1993 PBC Golf Championships, which stands to this day as the only PBC golf tournament to be decided in a playoff.

January 8, 2010
Peach Belt 20 in 20 - Game #20 - Men’s Tennis: Lander vs. Armstrong Atlantic State, April 15, 2006
20 in 20 is here! We begin our countdown of the 20 greatest PBC games - as voted on by you! - with #20: a classic tennis match at the 2006 PBC Tournament as Armstrong Atlantic State defeated Lander 5-4 in the championship match.