COLUMBIA — Sometimes things can go bad quickly.
"It's a funny thing about the game," Columbia College men's basketball coach Bob Burchard said. "When you're making the shots you seem to play harder. When you start missing, you drop your head and you don't play quite as hard."
Despite leading for the majority of the game, the Cougars couldn't hold off a Missouri Baptist rally and lost 78-71 on Thursday night at the Arena of Southwell Complex.
When the Spartans' Kyle Hubbard hit back-to-back 3-pointers to pull within 52-49 of the Cougars with 13:47 left, the Cougars, who had 19 turnovers in the game, started to make mistakes. Eventually, another pair of back-to-back 3-pointers from Brice Scott put Missouri Baptist ahead 65-60 with just less than six minutes left. the Spartans made 70 percent of its 3-pointers in the second half.
"They started hitting some shots," Burchard said. "There were a couple bang-bang plays that kind of turned the tide, which happens in games. There was a real momentum switch in the game and we didn't answer."
The Cougars (7-14, 1-4 in the America Midwest Conference) had success forcing Missouri Baptist to settle for low percentage shots and they pulled down more rebounds and had more second chance points than the Spartans with Reo Quarles contributing three blocks in the first half for the Cougars.
"Matchups, you know size wise, were more to our favor," Burchard said. "I thought perimeter defense was strong, at least in the first half."
But Missouri Baptist (9-9, 1-2) had five players score 10 or more, including 22 points for Hubbard.
"We knew tonight was going to be a struggle cause they didn't have any post players," Burchard said. "Our guard core is a little depleted."
Taylor Evans led the Cougars with 16 points and Quintin Totta (13) and Aleksander Eric (11) also finished in double digits, but it was not enough to keep up with the Spartans.
"They're averaging 76 (points a game) maybe, and our goal was to keep them to 60 or 50 and we didn't get that done," Burchard said.