CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio - Sophomore guard Robert Caldwell scored a career-high 26 points and six assists as the No. 2 Columbus State men's basketball team (22-6) defeated No. 7 Edison Community College (12-19) in the quarterfinal round of the District 11 Tournament.
Up ten at halftime, the Cougars held on to the 12 point lead they had at the four minute mark in the second half to win the game 94-82. They out-rebounded the Chargers 47-30, turning 22 offensive rebounds into 20 points, compared to three points off seven offensive boards for Edison.
Caldwell sunk in 6-of-12 of his three-point shots and went 8-for-9 from the charity stripe. Two other Cougars scored in double figures including sophomores Nic Williams and Donte Smith. Williams posted his fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and ten rebounds while Smith tallied 13 points, shooting 5-for-10 from the field, including two three-pointers. Smith also had a career-high five assists.
Freshman Rodney Willis drilled in nine points, all from behind the arc while sophomore Lamarr Barnes contributed eight points, five rebounds, and a trio of assists and steals. Freshman Chris Byrd grabbed a career-high seven rebounds along with seven points and three assists.
Sophomore Patrick Ngene-Igwe had a strong game, smacking down a career-high seven blocks while snatching seven rebounds and pouring in six points. Kenneth Moore added a quintet of points, assists and rebounds as well as two steals to the effort.
The Cougars advance to the semifinal round to take on No. 3 seed Lakeland on Fri, Mar 4 at 8:00 p.m. at Ohio Christian University.