COLUMBIA — The Columbia College men’s basketball team closed out the annual Cougars vs. Cancer Classic presented by Cost Cutters with an 84-67 victory over Culver-Stockton (Mo.) College Sunday. The Cougars improve to 14-0 on the year with the win, marking the first undefeated non-conference season in program history.
The Cougars vs. Cancer Classic presented by Cost Cutters raises money for Columbia’s Relay for Life team to benefit the American Cancer Society. Through ticket sales, raffle tickets, silent auction bids and other items for sale the Cougars raised over $6,100.
Six Columbia players finished in double figures for the game, with junior Devin Griffin leading the way with 22. Brock Walker added 13 points and seven rebounds off the bench to go along with 12 points apiece from Jordan Dressler, who was named tournament MVP, and Derrick Dilworth. Marquette Murrell and Zach Rockers each finished with 10. Dressler and Murrell pulled down nine and eight rebounds, respectively.
In Sunday’s earlier game, the University of Indiana at South Bend defeated William Woods (Mo.) University by a score of 65-59.
Following the contest a five person all-classic team as well as an MVP was named. Members of the team include: from Culver-Stockton, Marshawn Norris (40 points, nine rebounds, five steals, 10 assists), from Indiana University South Bend, Chris Beam (30 points, seven rebounds, four assists) and Steven Heatherly (27 points, six rebounds, three steals), from William Woods University, Daniel Armah (32 points, 21 rebounds, three assists). Columbia’s Derrick Dilworth (24 points, six rebounds, four assists) rounded out the team while Dressler (31 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, four blocks) was named the Classic MVP.
Columbia will return to action Thursday to start American Midwest Conference (AMC) play against Williams Baptist (Ark.) College. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. in Walnut Ridge, Ark.