Cougar Victory Earns Regular Season Title
HANNIBAL -- The Columbia College men's basketball team took care of business on the road tonight, defeating the Trojans of Hannibal-LaGrange University by a final score of 86-58. With the win the Cougars, ranked No. 18 in the NAIA, improve to 23-6 overall and 10-1 in American Midwest Conference (AMC) play. The win also gives Columbia the AMC regular season title and the top seed in the postseason tournament. The Trojans fall to 10-16 and 3-8 in league play.
After a slow start by both teams the Cougars come out with a 44-27 lead at the break. Columbia shot 55 percent from the field in the first frame and forced the host squad into ten turnovers. The Cougars also connected on 88 percent of their free throw chances while the Trojans shot just 46 percent from the charity stripe.
Columbia ran away with the lead in the second half, putting a 30-point cushion between them and the Trojans at the midway point of the second half and never looking back.
The Cougars had six players in double figures tonight, led by Devin Griffin's 16 points. Henrique Medeiros had 14 points and Matt Woodcock, Wendell Crowder and Taylor Evans each finished with 11 points. Jordan Dressler rounded out the double digit scoring for Columbia with 10 points and six rebounds.
The regular season crown is the ninth for the Cougars since the beginning of the program and gives Columbia the top spot in the AMC tournament.