Men's basketball surrenders lead in two-point loss to Sinclair

Men's basketball surrenders lead in two-point loss to Sinclair

DAYTON, Ohio - The Columbus State men's basketball team came close to topping nationally ranked Sinclair but late foul trouble and missed free throws allowed the Pride to slip away with a two-point win.

The loss snaps the Cougars' four game winning streak, resulting in a 5-3 conference record and 14-5 overall record.

Leading the effort was Rodney Willis who accumulated 14 points, two from behind the arc. Willis also had six rebounds and a career-high six assists.

Nic Williams had the team's only double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, his second of the season, while dishing out three assists.

The last Cougar to reach double figures in scoring was Kenneth Moore who tallied 10 points, along with three rebounds.

Patrick Ngene-Igwe nearly missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds while Robert Caldwell contributed eight points and two rebounds. Lamarr Barnes and Chris Byrd rounding out the Cougars' scoring with six points apiece. Barnes also had seven rebounds and a team-high two steals.

Although Columbus State and Sinclair were neck and neck most the game, Sinclair was able to connect their shots better than the Cougars. The Pride finished 41.3% from the field while the Cougars were held to 38.2%. Most strikingly, Columbus State shot a mere 38.9% from the line.

Next up, the Cougars hit the road Saturday to take on Cincinnati State at 3:00 p.m.