Cougar Men’s Basketball Opens Season with Win

Shawn Hawkins was 5-for-6 on shooting in Wednesday's night win over Edison State.
Shawn Hawkins was 5-for-6 on shooting in Wednesday's night win over Edison State.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In front of a record-setting crowd, the Columbus State men's basketball team defeated Edison State 98-91 on Wednesday evening in the Delaware Hall Athletic Center.

Six Cougars scored in double-figures in the victory. A.J. Smith led the team with 11 points in his collegiate debut. His points came off of 3-for-7 shooting from the field, including a trio of three-pointers and a perfect 6-for-6 from the line.

Antwon Hampton had an impressive 6-for-8 shooting for 13 points while Corey Baker had the team's lone double-double with 12 points and 11 boards. Melieck Evans and Shawn Hawkins each put away 11 points while Austin Bennett scored ten points for the Cougars.

Jeremiah Green and Keshawn Underwood each pulled down six boards while Evans and Bennett snatched five rebounds apiece. Bennett also collected a game-high four steals.

Columbus State scored 31 of their points off of Edison State's 30 turnovers. Additionally, the Cougars led by as many as 29 points before allowing Edison to close in late in the second half. According to Coach Ed Thompson, this shows there's still a lot of work to do. "When we were up, we got too comfortable. Our defense started to lax and we stopped playing as a team. There's going to be plenty of growing pains."

Next up, the Cougars hit the road for the Montgomery College Tournament, held in Rockville, Maryland Nov. 9 – 10. They will face the host and Frederick College, both DIII schools.