Columbia College men's basketball wins tournament opener

Friday, November 23, 2012 | 11:51 p.m. CST; updated 3:24 p.m. CST, Saturday, November 24, 2012

COLUMBIA — The Columbia College men's basketball team defeated Central Bible 90-51 in the first day of the Thanksgiving Classic tournament Friday at the Arena of Southwell Complex to improve to 6-0 this season.

After playing to a 46-26 halftime advantage the Cougars produced an 11-2 run in the opening minutes of the second half that led to a 30-point lead. The Cougars forced 24 turnovers that led to 28 points.

Devin Griffin led Columbia College with 17 points and four assists. Zach Rockers had 14 points, and Derrick Dilworth had 12.  Hal Payne scored 11, and Jordan Dressler had 10. Marquette Murrell led the Cougars with seven rebounds, while Chantel Stanciel had seven assists.

In the first game of the tournament, McPherson College defeated Hannibal-LaGrange. Action continues Saturday at Southwell Complex when Hannibal plays Central Bible at 1 p.m. Columbia College will square off against McPherson at 3 p.m.

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