Owens hands Columbus State first conference road loss

Owens hands Columbus State first conference road loss

PERRYSBURG, Ohio  – The Columbus State men's basketball team (10-4, 2-2 OCCAC) dropped their second conference loss of the season to Owens Community College (9-9, 2-2 OCCAC) on Saturday.

Columbus State was down by just five points by the half and ended the game trailing by eight points. The final score was 95-87.

Rodney Willis (pictured right) and Chris Byrd led the Cougars with 16 points apiece. Willis had game-high 11 rebounds, his first career double-double along with three assists. Byrd added two rebounds and two steals.

Three more Cougars hit double figures in the game: Kenneth Moore (12), Nic Williams (11), and Lamarr Barnes (10). Moore also added five steals and four assists while Williams and Barnes grabbed eight and seven rebounds respectively.

Patrick Ngene-Igwe narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds while Donte Smith sunk in three shots from behind the arc for nine points. John Montgomery rounded out the Cougars' scoring with four rebounds.

Columbus State shot 34.9% from the floor and 76% from the line while Owens shot 47.6% and 82.9% respectively. The Cougars did manage to out-rebound the Express 54-37.

The Cougars return home to host Cuyahoga Community College at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.