Cougars beats rival Cincinnati State on the road in triple overtime

Cougars beats rival Cincinnati State on the road in triple overtime

CINCINNATI, Ohio - Four Cougars scored in double-figures led by Nic Williams' career-high 24 points to lift the Columbus State men's basketball team to a dramatic three-overtime victory over Cincinnati State on Saturday. 

With the win, Columbus State improves to 15-5 overall and 6-3 in OCCAC play, while the Surge drop to 14-10 and 3-5, respectively.

Williams' career-high 24 points replace with 23 points he made earlier this month against Cuyahoga. In this game, he shot 10-of-13 from the field, including one three-pointer.

Robert Caldwell tied his career-high of six three-pointers along with two foul shots to score 20 points. Caldwell also had a career-high seven rebounds.

Chris Byrd sunk in 18 points and grabbed a career-high five rebounds while Rodney Willis rounded out the double digit scoring with 10 points along with a team-high nine points.

Kenneth Moore, who played 48 of 55 minutes, dished out a game-high six assists as well as eight points and a quartet of rebounds and steals. Donte Smith and John Montgomery each chipped in four points while Patrick Ngene-Igwe added three points to round out the Cougars' scoring. Ngene-Igwe and Montgomery pulled down six and four rebounds respectively.

There were fourteen lead changes and fourteen ties in the road thriller. The Surge shot 41% compared to the Cougars' 36% but were plagued by turnovers which allowed Columbus State to pick up the momentum.

The Cougars return home to host Lakeland Community College at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.