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Record-setting night for top-ranked Columbia College men's basketball

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 | 10:29 p.m. CST; updated 7:40 a.m. CST, Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Columbia College men's basketball team celebrated the program's first top ranking in the NAIA national poll with an 84-38 victory at Hannibal LaGrange on Tuesday to break the school record for consecutive victories.

An 18-game win streak breaks a Cougars record set in 2003-04.

The Cougars, who received 281 points overall and all 11 first place votes in the poll, are the only remaining undefeated team in the NAIA and are the first unanimous No. 1 selection of the 2012-13 season.

Pikeville (Ky.) College jumped three spots to No. 2 in the poll. Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) College, William Carey (Miss.) University, and Oklahoma Baptist University round out the top five teams.

Columbia College (4-0 in American Midwest Conference play) never trailed in Tuesday's contest and saw eight different  players get in on the scoring.

Zach Rockers paced the Cougars with 14 points. Tanner Sutton posted 12 points and Ben Bowman and Jordan Dressler chipped in 11 apiece.  Hal Payne pulled down six rebounds for Columbia who outrebounded the Trojans 40-17.

The Cougars are back on the court Thursday when they host and AMC contest against Missouri Baptist. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Arena of Southwell Complex.


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