Cougars Clinch Victory over William Woods
COLUMBIA -The Columbia College men's basketball team held on for a victory against William Woods (Mo.) University Thursday Night. Columbia, ranked No. 24 in the latest NAIA Top 25 Poll, defeated the Owls 70-64. The Cougars are 15-5 on the season and 2-0 in AMC play. William Woods drop to 9-12 overall and 0-3 versus conference foes.
Columbia held the Owls to seven field goals in the first frame but only drained nine of their own. The Cougars dominated on the boards in the first frame though, outrebounding the visitors 26-14 and took a 28-20 lead at the intermission.
The Cougars picked up the pace in the second half and turned up the heat offensively, shooting 41 percent. As did the Owls, shooting 58.6 percent from the field. Columbia led the majority of the half but the Owls were right there with them in the closing minutes. Leading by just three with under a minute to go, Jordan Dressler's jumper gave Columbia a five-point cushion. The Cougars would then go on to make eight of their nine free-throws in the final minute to seal the victory.
The Cougars were led by Jordan Dressler. Dressler's 31 points are a career high, outscoring his previous high of 26 points versus Kansas Wesleyan earlier this season. Jordan also pulled down 11 rebounds. Devin Griffin also finished in double figures with 11 points. Hal Payne had 10 rebounds.
The Owls hit at a solid .586 pace in the second half to finish the game on a .436 shooting clip, with a .455 mark from distance. WWU held the normally stout Cougar squad to just 1-of-20 shooting from distance and a .371 overall mark, but were outpaced at the free throw line. Columbia shot 23-of-32 from the stripe to an 11-of-18 performance from WWU.
Dontre Jenkins led the Owls with a team-high of 18 points.
In addition to Jenkins's 18, Nutt added 16 and Decker contributed 13. Helle led the Owls with seven rebounds. Dressler led both teams with 31 points and 11 rebounds on the night.
The Cougars return to the court in St. Louis, Mo. on Saturday, January 21st. They will take on Missouri Baptist University in a conference contest. Game time is slated for 4:00 p.m.
Also, William Woods is back home on Saturday as well, hosting Williams Baptist College in a 4 p.m.