COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus State men's basketball team accumulated triple digit points for the the third time this season in a dominating 53-point win over Clark State. The Cougars' 105-52 victory is their fifth win of the season, and third in conference play.
The Cougars started off shaky in the first half, but managed a 17-point lead by halftime. They came out strong after halftime; however, shooting an efficient 76.7% from the field and 86.7% from the line. The Cougars allowed the Eagles to score only 29 points in the second half.
Columbus State forced 35 turnovers on Clark State while turning them into a season-high 51 points. The Cougars also had season-high stats in field goal percentage (63.5), assists (28), and steals (24).
Matthew Gierhart led the Cougars with 20 points and 11 rebounds, his fifth double-double of the season. Gierhart went 9-for-15 from the field while snatching four steals and dishing out three assists. Jeremiah Fair-Harris had 19 points while Mario Young sunk in 18 for the Cougars.
Johnnie Robinson had a remarkable night filled with career-bests. The sophomore huard had 16 points on a perfect 7-for-7 shooting from the field, including 2-for-2 from behind the arc. He nearly missed a triple double with nine assists and seven steals.
Andre Daniels and Rodney Willis added nine points while Grant Dierksheide and William Prater chipped in eight and six respectively. Like Robinson, Dierksheide also had career-highs in assists (7) and steals (4).
The Cougars return to action on Sat, Jan. 28 when the travel to Elyria, Ohio to take on Lorain County Community College at 1:00 p.m.