COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus State men's basketball team wrapped up its regular season with a 98-90 comeback win against Edison Commuinity College to a crowded house on Saturday. With the win, the Cougars are currently in second place in the OCCAC standings with a 10-4 conference record.
Sophomore guard Donte Smith led the Cougars with 18 points, his second-highest career scoring. Smith shot 6-for-12 from the field, including two three-pointers, and went 4-for-5 from the line. He also grabbed a career and game high five steals to go along with three rebounds and two assists.
Also having a stellar game was Lamarr Barnes (pictured right), who secured his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Barnes shot 5-for-8 from the field and 6-for-8 from the line.
The last two Cougars to score in double figures were Patrick Ngene-Igwe and Travon Hester who sunk in ten points apiece. John Montgomery contributed seven points and nine rebounds while Robert Caldwell and Chris Byrd each drained five points.
Starting out, things weren't looking good for the Cougars who were down at one point in the first half by 22 points. After halftime, Columbus State fought to narrow the gap, and by the last five minutes gained a lead off the Chargers. From there, the Navy & White continued to rally, concluding the game with an eight-point victory.
Overall, Edison shot better from the field than the Cougars (49.3-41.3 percent) and tied Columbus State in rebounds (44). However, crucial free throws and points off turnovers (25) helped the Cougars to the win.
As is tradition, the final home game of the regular season was designated as Sophomore Day, where seven student-athletes were recognized for their commitment to the program. This year, Lamarr Barnes, Robert Caldwell, Travon Hester, Kenneth Moore, Patrick Ngene-Igwe, Donte Smith, and Nic Williams were honored before tip off with their families.
The Cougars now enter postseason play in the District 11 Quarterfinals, to be held Tue, Mar 1. Location and opponent will be announced by Mon, Feb 29.