Men's basketball falls just short in battle with Sinclair

Men's basketball falls just short in battle with Sinclair

COLUMBUS, Ohio - After three blowout victories earlier this month, including to #19 ranked Cincinnati State, the Cougars were looking to take down #7 Sinclair on Tuesday night. The record-breaking attendance couldn't help the effort though and the men drop their first home loss of the season.

Columbus State and Sinclair went back and forth the entire game but the Tartan Pride managed to hold the Cougars to a 49.3 field goal percentage while shooting a solid 61%.

Leading the Cougars was sophomore Nic Williams, who had a season-high 20 points along with four rebounds. We should have done better," Williams said. "But all we need is to make a few adjustments and we can beat them."

Sophomore Robert Caldwell and freshman Chris Byrd each contributed 13 points. Caldwell went 4-of-10 in triples and 1-2 from the line while Byrd went 2-of-8 and 7-7 from the line. 

Sophomores Lamarr Barnes and Patrick Ngene-Igwe each tallied 12 points and eight and five rebounds respectively. Barnes also had a game-high three steals.

Freshman Rodney Willis chipped in seven points and five rebounds while sophomore Kenneth Moore added four points, two rebounds, and a game-high eight assists.

The Cougars (9-3, 1-1 OCCAC) will be back in action after the holidays when they hit the road on Wed, Jan 6 to take on Lakeland at 7:30 p.m.