Columbus State defeats Hocking and Lorain County over the weekend

Columbus State defeats Hocking and Lorain County over the weekend

NELSONVILLE, Ohio - The Columbus State men's basketball team defeated the Hocking College Hawks 106-59 on Saturday evening. Twelve Cougars had at least 12 minutes of playing time as Coumbus State shot 51.6% from the field and 76.7% from the line.

Sophomore point guard Kenneth Moore led the Cougars with 20 points, going 8-for-10 from the field, 1-for-1 from behind the arc, and netting 3-for-5 from the line. Moore also tallied four rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Also having a career-high evening were John Montgomery, who went 4-for-5 from the field and 8-for-9 from the line for 16 points and Patrick Ngene-Igwe, who achieved his fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Contributing 13 points apiece were Nic Williams and Donte Smith. Williams, who is Columbus State's leading scorer, went 5-for-8 from the field as well as pulled down six rebounds. Smith, who leads in overall three-point percentage for the Cougars, went 3-for-5 from behind the arc and 4-for-4 from the line. 

Two of the Cougars' starters, Robert Caldwell and Lamarr Barnes, sunk in six points each while Travon Hester came off the bench to score five points and grab a career-high three steals and five rebounds.

Rounding out the Cougars' scoring was Rodney Willis and Chris Byrd with four points, Grant Dierksheide with three points, and Johnnie Robinson with two points.


ELYRIA, Ohio - Freshman forward Rodney Willis matched his career-high with a game-high 28 points to lead the Columbus State men's basketball team to a 76-72 victory Lorain County on Sunday afternoon.

With its fourth straight win, Columbus State is 18-5 overall and 8-3 in conference play.

Willis also had his second career double-double with ten rebounds to go along with two steals and an assist. He shot 10-for-18 from the field, including going 5-for-11 from behind the arc.

Also in double figures were Nic Williams and Kenneth Moore with 11 and ten points respectively. Williams also pulled down eight rebounds and had one assist and one block. For his effort, Moore added a career-high six rebounds, a team-high four assists, and one steal.

John Montgomery contributed eight points and and five rebounds while Lamarr Barnes tallied seven points and eight rebounds. Travon Hester chipped in four points while Chris Byrd and Johnnie Robinson rounded out the Cougars' scoring with two points apiece.

Collectively, the Cougars slightly edged out the Commodores in rebounds 43-41 and scored 38 points off of turnovers. The Navy & White shot 41.2% (49-of-119) from the field while holding off Lorain to a 28.9% shooting percentage.

Columbus State returns to action on Wednesday when they hit the road to take on Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland at 6:30 p.m.