COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus State men's basketball team (20-6, 9-4 OCCAC) clinched their 20th victory of the season against Clark State Community College on Wednesday night.
The Cougars pulled off the 81-70 win shooting 46.7 percent from the field (28-for-60), 45.5 percent from the three-point line (10-for-22) and 88.2 percent (15-for-17) from the free throw line.
Coach Thompson made the decision to switch it up and start his usual bench players, who made quite an impact on the court. Freshman John Montgomery led the Cougars with 16 points, tying his season high in scoring. He went 5-for-6 from the field and 6-for-6 from the line. Johnnie Robinson and Donte Smith added eight and six points respectively. Travon Hester tallied four points while Grant Dierksheide chipped in two points. Montgomery and Hester each pulled down six rebounds while Dierksheide snatched a career-high four rebounds.
Sophomore Robert Caldwell had the best three-point shooting night of his career, sinking in 83 percent (5-for-6) of his shots, totaling 15 points for the game. Rodney Willis also had a good shooting night, contributing 11 points in (5-for-8) from the field and 1-for-1 from the line.
Sophomore Lamarr Barnes tallied nine points and seven rebounds while Chris Byrd added seven points and six rebounds. Barnes also had a career and game high five steals. Kenneth Moore chipped in three points and a game-high nine assists for the Cougars.
The Cougars play their last home game of the season against Edison on Sat, Feb. 20. Tip off is 3:00 p.m.