COLUMBUS, Ohio – After an explosive first half for Columbus State, it seems the Cougars were unstoppable. Up by 15 points at the half, they shot 72.4% (21-for-29) and had only three lost possessions.
After halftime, however, the Erie Kats dominated the floor, scoring 57 points to the Cougars' 36.
Sophomore Melieck Evans had a career-best game with 18 points on 8-for-9 shooting from the field. He also had four rebounds and a pair of assists and steals.
Corey Baker and A.J. Smith also scored in double-figures with 13 and 12 points respectively. Baker shot 3-for-4 from the field and 7-for-8 from the line while all of Smith's points came from three-pointers. Baker dished out a career-high six assists and Smith, for his part, added a trio of assists and rebounds to the effort.
Along with his nine points, Jeremiah Green pulled down a team-high eight boards. RJ Fairrow added eight points and five rebounds while Shawn Hawkins chipped in seven points, four assists, and three rebounds.
Collectively, Columbus State had a season-high 58.5% shooting from the field as well as in assists (19) and blocks (4).
The Cougars return to action after the Thanksgiving holiday, when they travel to Kirtland, Ohio to take on Lakeland Community College on Wed, Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Overall Statistical Leaders
-Smith leads the team in points per game with 12.6.
-Green leads the team in field goal % with 66.7% while averaging 10 points per game.
-Baker leads the team in three statistical categories: rebounds (7.6), assists (3.8), and steals (2).