CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio - The Columbus State men's basketball team (17-9, 10-6 OCCAC) defeated the nationally ranked Lorain County Community College in an intense battle on Tuesday night, resulting in a 90-75 victory. The Cougars now advance to the district championship game to take on No. 5 seed Joliet Junior College on Saturday, March 3 at 8:00 p.m. at Ohio Christian University.
The win was sweet after last's year overtime loss to Lorain County in the regional championship. As a team, the Cougars shot 47.9% from the field and 66.7% from the line compared to the Commodores' 44.1% and 57.1% respectively. Columbus State also out-rebounded Lorain County 47-34.
Six Cougars scored in double figures in the victory, led by Chris Byrd, who has had double digit points in the last 13 games. He tallied 20 points, including draining a game-high three three-pointers.
Austin Bennett came off the bench to score 17 points off of 7-for-12 shooting without committing a single turnover. Anthony Butler achieved the game's lone double-double of 13 points and ten rebounds. He also had a team high four blocks.
Mario Young sunk 14 points, going 5-for-9 from the field while Matthew Gierhart and Zion Parham added 13 and 11 points respectively. Parham dished out a game-high four assists while Byrd, Young, and Gierhart contributed a pair of assists in the effort.