Lakeland gives up too many points in the paint in loss to Columbus State, 103-85

Lakeland gives up too many points in the paint in loss to Columbus State, 103-85

KIRTLAND, Ohio – Lakeland Community College men's basketball didn't have a bad night on offense but defensively, the Lakers gave up too many easy buckets in the paint in a 103-85 loss Monday night.

With the loss, Lakeland falls to 3-16 overall and 2-8 in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference play.

Trey Granger put together a solid game on offense by scoring 23 points and pulling down six rebounds. Ty Howard hit four 3-pointers and finished with 20 points. Ben Sternberg came off the bench and scored 11 points while Aaron Pate finished with 10 and Chandler Fointno narrowly missed out on a double-double with 10 points and nine assists.

Lakeland struggled out of the gate as Columbus State jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first four minutes. Columbus State extended that lead to 21-8 with 13:41 left as Lakeland had a hard time getting the game within 10 points.

Howard scored 13 points with the help of three 3-pointers in the first half but Columbus State held on to a 55-37 lead at halftime.

Lakeland had bursts of momentum in the second half to make the game a little closer. After Jeramie Burge hit a layup with 17:19 left the Lakers pulled within 56-43. Unfortunately, Lakeland couldn't get the game any closer than that as Columbus State pulled away for the 18-point victory.

Granger did put together a solid second half with 19 points in the loss.

Lakeland will be back home on Wednesday, Feb. 14 to face No. 3 Cuyahoga Community College at 7:30 p.m.

For more information about Lakeland athletics, visit

About Lakeland Community College

Founded in 1967, Lakeland Community College was the first college in Ohio created by a vote of the people. True to our mission, Lakeland provides quality learning opportunities to meet the social and economic needs of the community.

Offering day, evening, weekend and online classes, the college serves more than 10,800 credit and 2,800 noncredit students (2016). For more information about the College, visit