CINCINNATI, Ohio – Columbus State trimmed a 22-point early second-half deficit to six points late in the second half on Saturday, but the Cougars' comeback fell just short in a 90-84 loss to conference rival Cincinnati State.
Columbus State (1-7, 0-1 OCCAC) saw five Cougars score in double digits. Matthew Gierhart led the Cougars with a game-high 26 points on an 11-for-18 performance from the field and 4-for-5 at the line. Johnnie Robinson added 17 points while Juwan Demmings, William Prater, and Grant Dierksheide chipped in ten points each.
Robinson grabbed eight rebounds and tallied game-highs in assists (5) and steals (3). Demmings and Mario Young followed Robinson with seven boards apiece.
Columbus State rebounded from a first half that saw it shoot 13-of-31 (41.9%) from the field, as the Cougars went 18-of-35 (51.4%) after the break.
Next up for the Cougars is a road game against the undefeated No. 5 Sinclair in Dayton, Ohio. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m.