COLUMBUS, Ohio — Despite double-digit offensive efforts from five players, the Columbus State men's basketball team (9-12, 6-6 OCCAC) saw its winning streak end on Wednesday as Cuyahoga (24-1, 11-1 OCCAC) captured the 'W' on Wednesday evening.
Sophomore guard Johnnie Robinson led the Cougars with 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting, including going 2-for-2 from behind the arc. Rodney Willis scored 16 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds while Mario Young sunk in 13 points to top 400 career points as a freshman.
Dylan Geig added 12 points while William Prater chipped in 11, including hitting a trio of three-pointers. Robinson and Young tied for a team-high four assists while Prater grabbed a career-best four steals.
Cuyahoga was up 42-40 at the half with Columbus State shooting the ball better (42.4% to 38.1%). After halftime, the Challengers stepped it up, hitting 62.1% from the field compared to the Cougars' 44.4%. Despite Cuyahoga stretching their lead by as many as 16 points in the second half, Columbus State narrowed the deficit to just seven points with two minutes left. However, the Cougars ultimately couldn't overcome Tri-C's big men and deep bench, losing 90-77.
The Cougars return to action on Sat, Feb.18 when they face Owens in Perrysburg, Ohio. Tip-off is at 3:00 p.m.