COLUMBUS, Ohio - Six Cougars scored double figures in what was their first win of the season over Ohio State's club team on Wednesday.
Columbus State outperformed the Ballstars across the board with the exception of free throw shooting and blocking. As a team, Columbus State shot 43.5% in three's and 46.8% from the field overall compared to OSU club's 23.3% and 426.% respectively. The Cougars forced 19 turnovers on the Ballstars and turned them into 13 points. They also grabbed 12 offensive rebounds resulting in 21 second chance points.
Freshman Matthew Gierhart led the offense with 21 points, including shooting 3-for-4 from behind the arc. Gierhart also had his third double-double of the season with ten rebounds. Freshman Mario Young sunk in 18 points as well as grabbed eight rebounds.
Freshman Dylan Geig recorded 17 points while sophomore Johnnie Robinson put up 15 points for the Cougars. Posting his first double-double of the season with a career-high 11 boards, Robinson shot 5-for-6 from the field as well as dished out a career-high seven assists.
Sophomore Grant Dierksheide put up a career-high 14 points, including going 4-for-8 from downtown. Freshman William Prater rounded out the double-digit scoring with ten points along with pulling down four rebounds.
The game was close up until halfway through the first half when Columbus State began aggressively grabbing defensive rebounds and running down the court to sink in baskets. They extended the lead to 14 points by the half. OSU did manage to narrow the deficit to ten with four minutes left but the Cougars were able to pull away to secure their 102-84 victory.
The win brings the Cougars' record to 1-4 overall. They remain home to host the 2015 NJCAA DIII Champion Rock Valley at 3:00 p.m. on Sun, Nov. 20.