Columbia College men's basketball coach Bob Burchard claimed his 600th victory at Columbia College on Wednesday night in the Cougars' 85-75 victory at Central Methodist in Fayette.
In just his 25th season with the Cougars, Burchard, who also serves as Columbia College's athletic director, sits at No. 11 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in total wins.
“In all honesty, those 600 victories belong to all the individuals and teams that have invested in the Cougars athletic department and in this program,” Burchard said in a release.
The Cougars played to a 41-33 halftime advantage, but the Eagles came back in the first part of the second half to tie at 43. Columbia College shot back ahead with an 8-0 run and maintained the lead the rest of the way.
The Cougars (3-0) claimed nine 3-pointers in the victory, including three by Derrick Dilworth, who finished with a career-high 23 points. Tanner Sutton and Devin Griffin each added 14 points, while senior Jordan Dressler scored 12. Dressler also added a game-high 11 rebounds and Dilworth made five assists.
The game rekindled an old rivalry. It was the first time in four years the Cougars faced the Eagles, but it was their 60th meeting all-time.
The Cougars return to the Arena of Southwell Complex to host Ottawa (Kan.) University at 7 p.m. Friday.