Men’s Basketball Dealt Tough Overtime Loss to Lakeland

Austin Bennett scored 12 points before being sidelined with a wrist injury during a fast break in Monday's loss to Lakeland.
Austin Bennett scored 12 points before being sidelined with a wrist injury during a fast break in Monday's loss to Lakeland.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus State men's basketball team dropped a heartbreaker Monday night against Lakeland in the Delaware Hall Athletic Center. Foul trouble plagued the Cougars in addition to Austin Bennett suffering a critical wrist injury as he attempted to score on a fast break. Bennett scored 12 points on 6-for-10 shooting along with grabbing four rebounds and two steals before being sidelined.

Inside the Game

-OCCAC game, 1-1 this season against the Lakers

- Final Score: Lakeland 115, Columbus State 111 OT

- Record: Columbus State (14-8, 10-4 OCCAC), Lakeland (20-6, 9-4)

Key Points

- The Cougars edged the Lakers in field goal percentage 51.1% to 50%, rebounds 463-43, assists 23-17, steals 16-13, and second chance points 21-14. They also limited their turnovers to 18 compared to Lakeland's 23.

- With a 46-28 free throw disparity, the foul imbalance proved too much to overcome Lakeland.

Key Statistics

-Five other Cougars scored double figures: Charles Aden (20), Jeremiah Green (17), Shawn Hawkins (16), RJ Fairrow (15), and Corey Baker (13).

-Baker led all players in assists with eight while Hawkins led the team with two blocks.

-Hawkins, who snatched ten rebounds, was the only player in the game with a double-double.

Up Next

The Cougars host Hocking College at their last home game of the year on Wed, Feb. 20. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m.