The Lakers men's basketball team dropped a hard fought 76-71 decision to the Columbus State Cougars Wednesday night. With the loss, the Lakers fall to 6-12 overall and 2-7 in the OCCAC. The Cougars had a balanced attack as all five starters scored in double digits. The Lakers were led by freshman Trevon Granger who scored 30 points and recorded 6 rebounds. Sophomore Jeff Nevulis had another strong night as he added 13 points and 15 rebounds. The Lakers had the lead for much of the night and consistently led by 3-6 points throughout the first and most of the second half. However, late in the first half, with a 7 point lead, they committed two critical turnovers that allowed Columbus to cut the lead to 3 at the break, 36-33. The Lakers maintained control and had a 5 point lead with 6:30 left to play. Unfortunately, they had three straight trips down the court where they failed to convert or turned the ball over. That was all Columbus needed to take the lead that they would not relinquish. The Lakers certainly had their chances throughout the game but had a tough shooting night as they shot under 39% from the field and 30% from beyond the arc.
The Lakers are home again this Saturday as they play host to the Edison State Chargers. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.