KIRTLAND, Ohio –The Columbus State men's basketball team (14-7, 8-4 OCCAC) picked up a conference win on Wednesday in a road contest with Lakeland Community College. The Cougars held off the Lakers with a strong first half to win 103-85. Sophomore Matthew Gierhart led the game in with 25 points and a career-best 21 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double.
The Cougars pulled off the victory shooting 52% from the field, 42% from three-point range, and 75% from the free throw line.
Chris Byrd and Anthony Butler sunk in 15 and 14 points and pulled down seven and six boards respectively. Mario Young rounded out the double-digit scoring with ten points and collected a team-high two steals. Butler and Zion Parham each dished out a career-high six assists apiece.
Shamar Brown came off the bench to score nine points while Malieck Evans and Ronald Fairrow each tallied eight points. Austin Bennett and Michael Mathews chipped in five points and Parham rounded out the Cougars scoring with four points.
Columbus State limited Lakeland to a 39.7% shooting percentage from the field. The Lakers slipped to 3-16 overall and 2-8 in the league.
The Cougars will host DIII rival Lorain County on Wed, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.