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Lady Cougars: Head coach Joel Renner returns for his 3rd year at the helm. Hannah Frey, a 5-8 guard from Carey Riverdale, is the lone returnee from last year’s squad, and newcomers Jaslynn Rollins (6-2), Kiara Garrus (6-0), Katie McNally (6-0) will give height to this year’s Lady Cougars.
Cougars: After Pat Carlisle departed at the end of the 2013 season to coach at Vandalia-Butler High near Dayton, Columbus State tapped former Cougar player DeAndre Walker for the men’s head coaching position. Coach Walker was an assistant coach at Ohio Dominican last year.
6-5 forward Tayvion Thomas from Westerville North is the only Cougar who returns from last year’s team. Newcomers include Tomial Gary, DeVon King, and Khari Burton, as well as Stefan Danic from Belgrade, Serbia.
Season-opening double-header last night against the Ohio State University BallStars club team.
The Cougar men won 82-67. Jordan Marrow, Bryan Porter, and DeVon King led the Cols State scoring with 13, 12, and 11 points respectively, with King also pulling down 12 rebounds and Porter adding a pair of treys.
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The Lady Cougars dropped a hotly-contested game to the Lady BallStars, 57-60. Hannah Frey led all scorers with 16 points, and Kiara Garrus collected 10 rebounds.
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Columbus State will be hosting two tournaments this month: the CSCC Women’s Classic on Nov 15-16, featuring teams from Mott, Jamestown, Edison, Roxbury community colleges and the Spire Institute.
Also, the CSCC Men’s Classic on Nov 22-23 will have Danville, Edison, and Jamestown community colleges
The Lady Cougars swept both of their games in last week's home tournament, beating Roxbury CC (Massachusetts) 59-45, then easily defeating Spire Institute (Geneva OH).
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On Day 1 of the Columbus State Men's Basketball Classic tonight, the men's team defeated Jamestown (NY) CC tonight, 104-79. Claude Lewis led the Cougars with 23 point and 11 rebounds, and Taivion Thomas added 21 points and 6 rebounds. Lewis was 5 of 7 from three-point land, Jordan Marrow added 2 treys, and Bryan Porter hit 3 times beyond the arc.
The Cougars face the Otterbein JV team at 2 PM Saturday, and Jamestown will go up against Danville Area (Illinois) CC at 4 PM.
The Lady Cougars defeated the Southern State CC Patriots last night 124-15 in a decided mis-match. The Patriots dressed only seven players, who could not keep up with the Lady Cougars' attack. Erinn Bailey shot 100% from the floor, leading the scoring with 18 points. Taylor Horn was close behind with 17 points, on 8/12 shooting from the floor. Seven Cols State players registered in double figures.
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After easily defeating the the Otterbein University JV team 119-76 on Saturday, the Cougar men beat Southern State CC last night, 111-87, although Southern State played better than the scoreboard indicated, despite dressing only 7 players. The Patriots led 17-9 after the first five minutes, then the Cougars went on an 11-0 run in the next three minutes to take a lead they never relinquished.
Jordan Marrow shot lights out for 27 points, including hitting 5 of 7 from the arc, all of the treys coming in the first half. Tayvion Thomas added a steady stream of buckets from inside for 24 points. Devon King and Bryan Porter hit for 13 and 11 points respectively, with King collecting 11 rebounds.
Southern State's P.J. Russell led the Patriots with 27 points and 4 steals.
The Lady Cougars lost two games this past week while hosting Cincinnati State last Wednesday and traveling to Sinclair CC on Saturday. They are now now 4-4 in league play (5th place, 3 games out of 1st) and 16-5 overall
Cinci State won the very close match, 77-72. Cols State was down 15 at the half, settled down in the second and erased the deficit before the Surge took over again in the final minute. Kalyn Daniel led all scoring with 27 points on 9/18 shooting and 9 free throws, as well as collecting 12 rebounds for the Lady Cougars. Hannah Frey added two treys, one of the them tieing the game up with a minute to go. Cinci State's Phylicia Johnson dropped in four treys in the first half to lead the Surge's surge withe 27 points.
The Columbus State men have had a rocky second half, playing a severely depleted roster and dressing only 6 or 7 players for nearly every game since January 1, and still have managed to keep many games close. However, Cinci State came into town last Wednesday and overpowered the Cougars 103-76. Jordan Marrow led all scoring with 33 points on 11 of 20 shooting for the Cougars. However, Cinci State's 70% shooting from the arc in the second half (7/10) and 50% shooting overall for the game helped them dominated the second half.
The Cougars are now 1-7 in league play (6th place, over Edison CC) and 8-12 overall.
The Lady Cougars handled Edison CC last night, 92-71 while shooting 51% as a team. Sophomore Hannah Frey led Columbus State with 26 points, hitting 8 of 10 from the arc. Taylor Horn tossed in 16 points, Erinn Bailey added 14 points and 7 rebounds, and Breyonia Hearn also contributed 14 points., . Edison's Brooke Richard poured in 32 points to lead all scorers.
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The Cougars defeated Edison last night 102-81, both schools dressing only 7 players. Tayvion Thomas led the Cougars with 28 points. Jordan Marrow added 23 points on 8 of 12 shooting, including hitting 5 of 6 three-point shots. Claude Lewis had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.