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Columbia College men's basketball team cruises past Lyon College

Monday, November 7, 2011 | 10:42 p.m. CST; updated 11:02 p.m. CST, Monday, November 7, 2011

COLUMBIA — It seemed like the Columbia College men's basketball team wasn't challenged Monday night in its 93-39 win over visiting Lyon College, but Cougars coach Bob Burchard might disagree.

The Cougars, ranked No. 14 in the NAIA, improved to 2-0 with the win over the Scots. Both of the Cougars' victories were 50-point blowouts. But Burchard said, smiling, that he was "very concerned" with the play of his team.

After big men Hal Payne and Jordan Dressler had little impact in the first game, Burchard said he was pleased with their performance tonight.

"They played a lot better. Those guys looked very comfortable our there," Burchard said. "We debated on whether we should change (the rotation) up or not."

Dressler had 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Payne had eight points and six rebounds. Sophomore guard Wendell Crowder said their presence inside helped the Cougars move the ball for open shots.

"They suck the defense in," Crowder said. "If they get low, you have to respect them and double team them."

Just about the only thing that went wrong for Columbia College was a scoreboard malfunction.

With 4:11 left to play in the first half, the big scoreboard in the arena of Southwell Complex went blank. Without panicking, Columbia College's assistant athletic director Drew Grzella grabbed a volleyball and lobbed it at the scoreboard.

After a gentle hit from the ball, the scoreboard lit up again. Players said this has happened before, and throwing a ball usually starts things back up.

"I don't know what's wrong with it," Dressler said, laughing. "Someone needs to fix that."


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