FULTON — After losing a game Friday night, Columbia College basketball coach Bob Burchard said he worried about his team's energy heading into a 2 p.m. Saturday game against Lindenwood University-Belleville.
Even when the Cougars led the Lynx 44-17, Burchard did not look happy. The Cougars did not let up, beating Lindenwood 89-46 at Anderson Arena in the William Woods University Invitational.
The Cougars worked for many good scoring opportunities, and four Cougars players finished with 10 or more points. But even when the Cougars didn't find open shots, the game went their way.
With five minutes left in the game and a 42-point lead, Cougars forward Zach Rockers received a pass at the top of the key, just inside the 3-point line. As the shot clock ran down, defenders swarmed toward Rockers. With one second left, he pivoted back and threw up a fade-away jump shot. The Cougar bench erupted with excitement as the shot went straight through the net.
After losing a close game to No. 5 Martin Methodist, Burchard said the Cougars maintained the same level of play against the Lynx that they had against the No. 5 team in the country.
Burchard said the main focus for his team is to continue to get better, which is why the coach likes playing tough opponents early in the season.
"There is no way to play against good teams and not get better," Cougars forward Ben Bowman said.
"We might lose some, but in the long run, it will help out," Bowman said, "Our goal is to get to the national championship. There is not going to be any easy teams there."