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PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia College defeats MidAmerica Nazarene in NAIA semifinals

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 | 11:22 a.m. CDT; updated 1:10 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Columbia College fans cheer during the first half of the Cougars' game against the Mid-American Nazarene Pioneers at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.

KANSAS CITY — The Cougars defeated the Pioneers 60-56 on Monday night to reach Tuesday's championship game against Rocky Mountain. Tipoff is at 8:50 p.m.

Columbia College's Christian Lewis goes in for a jumper during the first half.
Columbia College guard Jason Ellis drives in for a layup during the second half of the Cougars 60-56 victory against MidAmerica Nazarene. Ellis was fouled on the play and converted the 3-point play with a free throw.
Columbia College's Terrell Turner hugs teammate Jason Ellis following the Cougars 60-56 victory against MidAmerican Nazarene on Monday night.
Columbia College coach Bob Burchard coaches his team from the sideline during the first half.
The Columbia College bench celebrates after the buzzer following the Cougars 60-56 victory against MidAmerica Nazarene University.
Columbia College coach Bob Burchard, center, imitates a surfer in the locker room — to the amusement of his players surrounding him — following the Cougars' win over MidAmerica Nazarere in the NAIA tournament semifinals. Burchard told his players "to keep riding the wave" they were on in the tournament.

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