Columbus State men come up short in overtime loss against Owens

Columbus State men come up short in overtime loss against Owens

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – The Columbus State men's basketball team suffered another defeat to Owens Community College in overtime at Otterbein University's Rike Center on Saturday.

Sophomore forward Nic Williams collected his third career double-double, with 11 points and a team-high14 rebounds. Robert Caldwell lead the Cougars with 19 points while Kenneth Moore (pictured right) and Rodney Willis also reached double figures with 16 points apiece. Willis nearly missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Caldwell had a game-high five steals while Moore dished out a game-high seven assists.

Donte Smith sunk in eight points, including two three's, while Travon Hester went 3-for-4 with six points. Lamarr Barnes and Chris Byrd each tallied five points as John Montgomery rounded out the Cougars' scoring with two points. 

It started off well for the Cougars, who lead at halftime 43-36. The Cougars continued their run into the second half leading 63-46 with just over twelve minutes to go. However, things took a turn after an Express timeout, with Owens going on a 15-1 run. After narrowing the gap, Columbus State managed to stay a few points ahead but struggled in the last minute, allowing the game to go into overtime.

Once in overtime, Owens just connected their shots, going 4-for-6 compared to the Cougars 1-for-10 from the field. Columbus State managed only six points while the Express added another 14 in overtime with a final score of 96-88.

Columbus State finished the night shooting 39.2 percent (31-for-79) from the field while the Express shot 45.8 percent (33-for-72). Both teams ended the night 10-for-30 (33.3 percent) from 3-point range. The Cougars struggled at the charity stripe, finishing 61.5 percent (16-for-26) while the Express were shot 76.9 percent (20-for-26).

Columbus State returns to action Wednesday, hosting the Clark State Eagles at 7:30 p.m.