The Columbia College men's basketball team defeated Benedictine University 60-41 on Thursday in Springfield, Ill.
The Cougars, ranked No.1 in the NAIA, overcame early poor shooting to win their 25th consecutive game and remain undefeated in the American Midwest Conference.
Trailing early in the game, a steal and dunk by junior Devin Griffin sparked a Columbia College run that saw the Cougars gain a 10-point lead. The Cougars sustained this momentum in the first half, forcing 15 turnovers by halftime.
After Benedictine tied the game in the second half, baskets by sophomore Tanner Sutton and senior Jordan Dressler put Columbia College ahead. The Cougars wouldn’t trail again.
Griffin led the Cougars in scoring with 13 points. Junior Derrick Dilworth, sophomore Zach Rockers and Dressler all finished with nine points apiece.
Columbia College’s next game will be against Hannibal-LaGrange University on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m at the Arena of the Southwell Complex.