COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite four Cougars, scoring in double-digit points, the Columbus State men's basketball team lost at home on Friday to Div. 2 Erie Community College. Sophomore Johnnie Robinson led the Cougars with a career-high 22 points, including two three-pointers. Robinson also recorded six rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Freshman Matthew Gierhart totaled 15 points and six rebounds while Justin Thompson reached 14 points, including two from behind the arc. Mario Young rounded out the double-figure scoring with eleven points. Young also pulled down eight rebounds for the Cougars.
Sophomore Juwan Demmings just missed a double-double with nine points and rebounds along with a team-high seven assists and two steals. Freshmen Mechia Linton and Dylan Geig each grabbed a trio of rebounds and eight and one point respectively. Sophomore Grant Dierkshiede added six points and three assists.
The Cougars came out struggling against Erie's strong offense, who quickly ran the score to 8-0 in the first two minutes. Columbus State tried to catch up, but ended the half down 51-39. Into the second half, Erie maintained around a 20-point lead with things starting to look up as the Cougars narrowed the deficit to 15 points with five minutes left. Unfortunately, Erie pressed and Columbus State couldn't respond.
Columbus State and Erie had nearly the same number of lost possessions; however, Erie managed to score 28 points off of 14 turnovers while the Cougars had only 16 points off of 15 turnovers.
Columbus State finished the night shooting 38 percent (27-for-71) from the field while Erie shot 54.4 percent (43-for-79). The Cougars excelled at the charity stripe, finishing 73 percent (37-for-37) while the Erie shot 68.2 percent (15-for-22). The final score was 111-84.
The Cougars (0-2) return to action on Saturday, traveling to Erie Community College in Buffalo, New York.