Columbia College men's basketball equals program record for straight wins

Thursday, January 10, 2013 | 9:52 p.m. CST; updated 7:43 a.m. CST, Wednesday, January 16, 2013

COLUMBIA — The Columbia College men's basketball team stayed unbeaten with a 73-40 victory over Benedictine-Springfield on Thursday night at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

The Cougars improved to 17-0 and 3-0 in American Midwest Conference play, matching the program record for consecutive victories in a season.


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Columbia College, which led 35-15 at halftime, held the Bulldogs to 26 percent shooting and recorded 29 points off turnovers.

Junior Devin Griffin led the Cougars with 12 points and Jordan Dressler had 10 to finish as the only two Columbia players in double figures. Senior Hal Payne came off the bench to grab seven rebounds and Marquette Murrell led all players with four assists.

Benedictine-Springfield was led by Jeremic Bennett with eight points.

Columbia College returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in a AMC road game at Hannibal-LaGrange.

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