COLUMBUS, Ohio – Twice in one week the Columbus State men's basketball team (7-11, 5-5 OCCAC) knocks off a nationally-ranked DII team at home. In Saturday's battle with Cincinnati State, the game that saw 14 ties and 11 lead changes came down to the last minute. The win was reminiscent of Wednesday's contest, where the Cougars edged out No. 19 Sinclair in a game that came down to the last second.
Columbus State's offense sealed the deal in the game, shooting 52.1% from the field and 83.9% from the line, compared to Cincinnati State's 43% and 69.6% respectively.
Leading Columbus State was Matthew Gierhart, who matched his career-best 30 points on 12-for-22 shooting from the field and 6-for-7 from the line. Mario Young poured in 26 points on 10-for-14 shooting while dishing out five assists and a game-high four blocks.
Johnnie Robinson sunk in 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field and a perfect 5-for-5 from the line. Both Robinson and Gierhart just missed double-doubles with nine rebounds apiece. Also in double-digits was Dylan Geig, who added ten points for the Cougars. Robinson also dished out a team-high seven assists.
Rodney Willis led the way in rebounding with ten boards along with nine points, six assists, and two steals.
With less than a minute left, the game was tied 99-99 after Corey Sheperd of the Surge made a layup. A foul was called on Robinson and Sheperd made the extra point. The Cougars gained possession and with a William Prater assist, Gierhart sank a shot to bring the score to 101-100. Geig fouled Anthony Coleman, who missed both free throws. Mario Young grabbed the rebound when Isaiah Jones fouled Robinson, who made both free throws. Dante Battle attempted a last second three for the Surge that missed and the Cougars held on.
The Cougars return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Kirtland, Ohio to take on Lakeland Community College at 7:30 p.m.