COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus State men's basketball team is on a hot streak, picking up their sixth straight win after defeating the Community College of Beaver County Titans 107-81 on Saturday evening.
Five Cougars scored in double digits, including sophomore Patrick Ngene-Igwe who recorded 18 points. Ngene-Igwe, who also grabbed 11 rebounds, shot 7-of-10 from the field. Freshman Rodney Willis put up 17 points while freshman Chris Byrd put up 15 points, including three 3-pointers. Sophomores Kenneth Moore and Carlton Crowder posted 11 and 10 points respectively.
Perhaps the most exciting points of the night came from freshman John Montgomery who dunked in four of his eight baskets after stealing the ball from the Titans. Montgomery ended up with a game-high five steals.
Sophomore Robert Caldwell tallied nine points, sophomore Lamarr Barnes contributed six, and sophomores Jeffery Powell and Nic Williams chipped in four points. Sophomore Donte Smith had three points and freshman Richard Bulgin had two points to round out the Columbus State scoring
Williams also pulled down seven rebounds and had two steals and two assists on the night. Barnes smacked down two blocks and pulled down five rebounds while Moore and Willis each snatched four.
Moore also had a game-high seven assists with Caldwell close behind with five.
The Cougars forced 19 turnovers on the Titans and shot 73.1% from the line, compared to CCBC's 59.5%. Columbus State shot 45.9% percent from the field on the night and had 22 points inside the paint.
The win brings the Cougars' record to 6-2 overall. They remain home to host the University of Rio Grande's JV squad on Tue, Nov. 24. Tip is at 7:30 p.m.
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