COLUMBUS, Ohio – Briggs High School grad Rodney Willis knocked down 41 points—a school record—as the Cougars edged out the Lakeland Lakers 109-78 in what was a remarkable performance from the sophomore on the last regular season home game of the year.
Willis' 41 points came from 14-for-21 shooting, including 7-for-12 from downtown and four dunks. He also added a game-high 13 rebounds and four steals with 34 minutes on the floor. His output was the most points per game ever by a Cougar and broke the previous record of 40 points, set by Ronnie Easter in February 1993.
Matthew Gierhart came off the bench to score 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting and 2-for-2 accuracy from the line. Johnnie Robinson scored 16 points, dished out ten assists, and nearly missed a triple-double with nine rebounds. Mario Young sunk in 13 points and grabbed nine boards for the Cougars. Also in double-digits was William Prater with eleven points along with five rebounds.
Columbus State out-rebounded 51—34, out-assisted 24—9, and forced 16 turnovers on the Lakers that they converted to 20 points.
Next up for the Cougars is a road contest at Clark State on Wed, Feb. 22 @ 7:30 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of Paul Vernon)