Columbia College continues strong play on the road

Saturday, November 20, 2010 | 10:00 p.m. CST; updated 10:54 p.m. CST, Saturday, November 20, 2010

WAXAHACHIE, Texas — The Columbia College men's basketball team is starting to feel at home in away games this season.

The Cougars improved to 3-1 on the road with a 76-62 victory over Southwestern Assemblies of God University on Saturday in Waxahachie, Texas.

Junior forward Darnell Moore led the Cougars with 21 points and 15 rebounds in 34 minutes of play. The Cougars grabbed 43 rebounds and controlled the post on offense and defense.

“We moved the ball and did all the stuff we do at practice,” junior guard Henrique Medeiros said. “We’re not a set play offense, we just have a system, and we do what we do every day.”

The Cougars took an early lead thanks to a foul-heavy first half in which both teams were in the double bonus with six minutes left. Columbia College shot 82 percent at the free-throw line while the Lions shot 68 percent.

Columbia College stepped up defensively in the second half, limiting the Lions to 24 points in the final 20 minutes.

“We wanted to contain the shooters to make sure that they didn’t get hot and contain the guards to make sure that they didn’t penetrate and pitch to the shooters,” Moore said.

After playing four of their first five games on the road, the Cougars will return home for a five-game home stand starting on Tuesday against Missouri Valley.

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