Men's basketball comes up short in loss to Owens

PERRYSBURG, Ohio - Despite double-digit efforts from three players, the Columbus State men's basketball team (10-6, 4-3 OCCAC) suffered an 84-68 loss to Owens (10-7, 4-2 OCCAC) on Saturday afternoon in conference action. The loss is the fourth straight for the Cougars, who have been in a slump since returning from winter break.

Owens held Columbus State to a 44.3% field percentage and an 11.1% from behind the arc while shooting 50% and 44.4% respectively.

Mario Young, Christopher Byrd, and Malieck Evans were the high scorers for Columbus State, combining for 43 points. Evans was 5-for-6 from the field and 2-for-3 from the line. Young had the team's only block while Byrd snatched a team-high three steals.

Matthew Gierhart grabbed a team high eight rebounds along with adding seven points. Zion Parham shot the game's only 100% from the field, going 3-for-3 for a total of seven points.

Columbus State returns to action Wednesday, hosting DII No. 1 Cuyahoga. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.