COLUMBUS – The Columbus State Men's Basketball Classic extended into a third day after two of the four participating teams faced a travel ban in the Buffalo area, causing a cancellation of a Friday game. The ban also resulted in the Cougars picking up an extra game, consequently, playing three games in three consecutive days.
The Cougars opened the tournament on Friday with a 93-72 victory over Macomb Community College (Warren, Michigan). Columbus State shot an efficient 50% from the field and 47% behind the arc. Five Cougars scored in the double digits in the win over the Monarchs.
Sophomore Bryan Porter playing only in the first half, scored 17 points, including a career-best five 3-pointers. Sophomore Matthew Rhodes had 14 points, four rebounds and six assists, freshmen Robert Caldwell scored 14, Jarel Woolridge had 11, and Travon Hester had 10 for the Cougars. Sophomore Khari Burton added seven assists and three steals to go with six points.
On Saturday, freshman Robert Caldwell had an outstanding offensive performance on the court with 31 points, shooting 9/17 in 3-pointers and 4/4 from the free throw line. Matthew Rhodes had 17 points, five rebounds, and three assists while sophomore Christopher Cook had ten points and nine rebounds.
The Cougars fell short against Niagara County Community College (Sanborn, New York) with a score of 90-76. Niagara had nearly twice as many turnovers with 16 compared to Columbus State's 9, but the Thunder Wolves shot better from the field with 54%, compared to the Cougars 35% and out-rebounded the Cougars 49-32.
By Sunday, fatigue set in as the Cougars were defeated by Genesee Community College (Batavia, New York) 101-68. The Cougars were out-rebounded 26-53 and shot only 35% from the field, compare to Genesee's 58%. Freshman Khylan Jackson led the team with 15 points and four rebounds while Bryan Porter and Robert Caldwell each added 11 points to the effort.
The record stands at 4-4 for the men's basketball team as they break for Thanksgiving. They resume play in the first weekend of December, heading up to Michigan to take on the 16th ranked Mott Community College and Delta Community College.