COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus State men's basketball team (4-10, 2-4 OCCAC) started off sluggish but managed to turn things around to defeat Edison State (11-6, 1-5) with a score of 90-86 on Saturday afternoon in the Delaware Hall Athletic Center.
Down by thirteen points at halftime, the Cougars managed to tie up the game three minutes into the second half. Nine lead changes and eight ties ensued while the score remained within four points until the end of the game. A 3-pointer by Johnnie Robinson in the last 20 seconds secured the victory over the Chargers.
Ball control was key in this game. Columbus State committed only five turnovers while forcing 19 on Edison resulting in 21 points for the Cougars. Each Cougar had at least one steal and one rebound in the effort.
Mario Young led Columbus State with 23 points, along with eight rebounds and a career-best six steals. Young shot 9-for-14 from the field and 5-for-5 at the line. Rodney Willis sunk in 17 points in addition to his five rebounds and two assists.
Johnnie Robinson contributed 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting and 2-for-4 from behind the arc. Matthew Gierhart added 11 points and eight boards. Grant Dierksheide and newcomer Jeremiah Fair-Harris each chipped in ten points. Robinson & Fair-Harris dished out four assists apiece.
Rounding out the scoring was Dylan Geig who had six points, six rebounds, and two steals for the Cougars.
Next up, the Cougars host Clark State on Wed. Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m.