COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus State men's basketball team's second half comeback fell shy on Wednesday during a home 93-84 loss to NAIA Shawnee State University.
It was the tale of two halves for the Cougars as Shawnee State surged in front of them by as many as 25 points in the first half. However, things changed toward the end of the game with the Cougars rallying for a comeback, shooting an improved 55.8% from 25.8% and allowing only four turnovers. The final score of 93-84 was the smallest deficit the Cougars faced since the first four minutes of the game.
Several freshmen made impressive collegiate debuts on the court. Mario Young led the Cougars with a game-high 28 points on 8-of-16 shooting along with nine rebounds and a trio of assists and steals. Matthew Gierhart had the game's only double-double with 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting and twelve boards. Gierhart also added a pair of assists and steals. William Prater sunk in eleven points, including a three-pointer, and grabbed four rebounds for the Cougars.
Sophomore Johnnie Robinson just missed a double-double with ten points and nine rebounds. Robinson also had a pair of assists and steals. Juwan Demmings contributed six points and four boards while Grant Dierksheide and Justin Thompson each added three points and pulled three and two rebounds respectively. Rounding out the Cougars' scoring was Mechia Linton, who chipped in two points.
Despite the loss, the Cougars did post some notable stats. They out-rebounded Shawnee 45-35, leading to 25 second-chance points and allowed only twelve turnovers while forcing 15 lost posessions on them.
The Cougars return to action on Friday when they host Erie Community College at 7:00 p.m.