Posted: Jan 20, 2013 9:42 AM
BATESVILLE, AR -- The Cougar men's basketball team, ranked No. 1 in the NAIA for the first time in program history, earned a road win over American Midwest Conference (AMC) opponent Lyon College on Saturday afternoon by a score of 72-59. With the win, Columbia remains unbeaten on the season at 20-0 and also improves to 6-0 in league play for the first time since the 2000-01 campaign.
The Cougars took a 35-31 halftime lead after an evenly matched first period that saw neither team build a lead of more than five points. Both squads shot better than 50 percent from the field, with the Scots hitting four of nine tries from behind the arc compared to three of nine for Columbia.
Lyon was able to hang around to start the second half, staying within single digits of the Cougars for the majority of the first ten minutes of the final frame. Columbia then used a timely 10-0 run over the next two and half minutes of the period to take their largest lead of the contest at 66-46, eventually closing out the game by the 13-point margin.
The Cougars finished the game an even 50 percent from the field (28 of 56), while the Scots hit at a 44 percent clip for the game. Lyon connected on eight of 20 attempts (40 percent) from three-point range, but was outscored 38-24 in the paint.
Senior Jordan Dressler led four Columbia players in double figures with a game-high 17 points. Devin Griffin and Derrick Dilworth each added 12 points on the day, followed by Tanner Sutton with 10. Griffin handed out six of the Cougars' 15 assists and Marquette Murrell finished with nine rebounds to lead all players.
Dressler's scoring total tonight gives him 1,002 career points in his third year with the Cougars.
The Scots were led by Jordan Layrock with nine points.
The Cougars return to action on Thursday, January 24th for a road matchup with AMC foe Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) University. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in St. Louis.