Men’s basketball secures big conference wins

Men’s basketball secures big conference wins

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus State men's basketball team (8-2, 4-0 OCCAC) picked up two more conference wins, beating Edison Community College and No. 120 Sinclair Community College at the Delaware Hall Athletic Center this past week.

Against Edison, Christopher Byrd led the game with 29 points, including five three-pointers and six boards. Mario Young had the game's only double-double with 21 points and ten rebounds, along with adding a game-high three blocks. Maliek Evans scored 14 points while Shamar Brown added ten points to round out the double digit scoring. Anthony Butler tallied nine points and matched Byrd's six rebounds.

As a team, the Cougars shot 50% from the field and behind the arc while forcing 13 turnovers onto the Chargers.

In the Sinclair game, Anthony Butler led with 29 points on 12-for-18 shooting from the field and grabbed 14 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Tyson Kent scored 16 points and dished out four assists while Chris Byrd and Mario Young each chipped in 14 points. Byrd matched Kent's four assists while Young grabbed a team-high three steals and blocked a game-high two balls.

As a team, the Cougars shot 53% from the field and nearly 80% from the line. Currently, Columbus State ranks 10th in the country in field goal percentage.

The Cougars return to action on Sat, Dec. 16 when they travel to University of Pittsburgh-Titusville for a tournament.