COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite double-digit efforts from four players, the Columbus State men's basketball team (16-9, 10-6 OCCAC) suffered an 83-68 loss to Owens (19-7, 13-2 OCCAC) on Saturday afternoon in conference action. The loss is the second straight for the Cougars, who previously were on a five game winning streak.
Owens held Columbus State to a 37.1% field percentage and 15.4% from the three-point range while shooting 40.3% and 38.5% respectively.
The Cougars started strong, leading by as many as eleven points in the first half. After the break, the Cougars battled for baskets and struggled with turnovers.
Chris Byrd led the scoring for Columbus State with a strong second half run, sinking 14 of his 18 points during that time. Anthony Butler put away 15 points and led the game with eleven rebounds.
Mario Young contributed 13 points and Matthew Gierhart rounded out the double-digit scoring with eleven points. Both sophomores pulled down ten boards apiece. Young also led the game with eight assists while Butler knocked down a game-high three blocks.
Columbus State returns to action on Tue, Feb. 27 to fight for the Region XII DIII title. The Cougars are looking to upset Lorain County Community College, who won it last year. The game will be played at Ohio Christian University at 7:30 p.m.