COLUMBIA — The No. 21 Columbia College men's basketball team beat No. 13 Park University 67-65 Saturday in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Game of the Week.
The Cougars have won six in a row and improved to 20-3. Columbia College is now tied with Park for first in the American Midwest Conference at 7-1.
The game was tied 64-64 with 1:10 left in the game when junior Taylor Evans made two free throws to give the Cougars a 66-64 lead. On each team's next possession, a player made one of two free throws. With 19 seconds left and the Cougars up two points, 67-65, a Park player's 3-point attempt fell just short to end the game.
Freshman guard Wendell Crowder led all scorers with 19 points after scoring 13 of the team's first 17 points. Senior forward Jaron Strickland added 12 points.
Columbia College shot 52 percent and outrebounded Park 32-25 for the game.
Columbia College's will host McKendree University on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at The Arena at Southwell Complex. The Cougars beat McKendree University in their first meeting, 53-46 on Jan. 13.