Columbia Cruises to Win in First Night of Arris Classic
FULTON, MO -- The Columbia College men's basketball team earned an 85-56 victory Friday night over Mid-Continent University in the first night of play at Arris' Pizza and Pub College Basketball Classic. The Cougars, ranked 10th in the NAIA Preseason poll, improve to 8-0 with the win. The loss drops the Mid-Continent Cougars to 8-6.
Columbia built an early lead in the first half, jumping out to a 13-2 lead five minutes into the contest. Behind nine first half points from both Devin Griffin and Derrick Dilworth, the Cougars took a 39-23 lead into the halftime break after shooting 61 percent from the field in the opening period. The Columbia defense held Mid-Continent to a 39 percent clip in the first 20 minutes and scored 12 points off 10 Cougar turnovers.
The Cougars' hot shooting continued on into the second half as they cruised to the 29-point win. Columbia connected on 15 of 28 attempts from the floor in the final period to finish at 57 percent for the game. The Cougars owned a big advantage on the glass as well on the night, outrebounding Mid-Continent 25-12 in the second half and 43-26 for the game.
Senior Jordan Dressler led the way for Columbia with 19 points, including 14 in the second half. Dilworth and Griffin each finished in double figures with 17 and 15 respectively, along with Marquette Murrell chipping in 10 points and a game-high four assists.
Gavin Scott and Charles Peden led the Mid-Continent Cougars with 14 points apiece.
The Second Annual Arris' Classic wraps up Saturday with Columbia taking on Lindenwood University-Belleville at 4:00 p.m. William Woods and Mid-Continent will follow at 6:00 p.m.