No. 1 Cuyahoga’s strong defense halts Cougars in loss at home

No. 1 Cuyahoga’s strong defense halts Cougars in loss at home

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus State men's basketball team (10-7, 4-4 OCCAC) were halted by a big Cuyahoga defense on Wednesday night, losing 82-58 on the home court.

The Challengers (18-0, 6-0 OCCAC) held Columbus State to a 39.6% field percentage while shooting 52.4%. The Cougars remained within reach until the late in the game, when Cuyahoga's offense took off to widen the deficit.

Columbus State was led by sophomore Christopher Byrd who scored 20 points, draining a trio of three's in the effort. Mario Young was the only other double-digit scorer with ten points. Austin Bennett came off the bench to add eight points and a team high six rebounds while Malieck Evans chipped in seven points and four boards.

Young and Zion Parham each dished out four assists and two steals while Michael Mathews matched Evans with four rebounds.

The Cougars return to action on Saturday, when they head south to Nelsonville, Ohio to take on Hocking College. Tip-off is at 3:00 p.m.