DAYTON, Ohio – Mario Young had a game-high 26 points on 11-for-15 shooting from the field as the Columbus State men's basketball team (1-8, 0-2 OCCAC) dropped a hard-fought, 91-87 loss against No. 4 Sinclair Community College (10-0, 1-0) on Wednesday night. Young also posted a career-best eight assists.
Down to seven players do to injuries, the Cougars battled with the Tartan Pride, down by eight points by halftime. In the second half, Columbus State came out hard, securing a double-digit lead early. The Cougars held onto the lead until Sinclair's Dwayne Chastain, Jr. sunk in three 3-pointers to put in motion a strong run for the Pride. Sinclair was able to hang onto that lead towin the game.
Conference Player of the Week Matthew Gierhart logged 20 points, going 50% from the field while Johnnie Robinson totaled 16 points, including 4-for-5 shooting from behind the arc. Robinson notched his second double-double of the season with 11 rebounds. Grant Dierksheide chipped in 12 points while Juwan Demmings added nine for the Cougars.
The Cougars return to action on Saturday, hosting the Hocking College Hawks at 3:00 p.m.