COLUMBUS, Ohio – Juwan Demmings, a transfer from College of the Desert and native of Dayton, Ohio, was taken off the court on a stretcher after suffering a severe concussion and seizure in the last minute of the game on Saturday against Hocking College.
Demmings injured his head with .59 remaining in the game after blocking a shot. The game was announced as concluded 102-86 as both teams huddled and prayed for Demmings.
The 6'2 guard/forward played 37 minutes of the game, accumulated 11 points, nine rebounds along with a game-high five assists and four blocks.
Leading the Cougars was Matthew Gierhart with 21 points, going 8-for-15 from the field and 4-for-4 from the line. Mario Young and Grant Dierksheide chipped in 16 and 15 points respectively. Young went 6-for-9 from the field and 4-for-4 at the line while Dierksheide shot 3-for-5 from behind the arc.
As a team, the Cougars (2-8) shot 33-for-63 (52.4%) from the field, 9-for-17 (52.9%) from the 3-point range, and 81.8% from the charity stripe. Columbus State led the entire game, including expanding their lead to as many as 25 points in the second half.
As of Monday, Demmings remains in the hospital but it expected to make a full recovery. As for the team, Columbus State returns to action Wednesday, hosting Lorain County at 7:30 p.m.