COLUMBIA — The Columbia College men's basketball team defeated Missouri Baptist University 69-64 Thursday in St. Louis.
The Cougars, ranked No. 1 in the NAIA, fought back from a 33-28 halftime deficit to win their 27th consecutive game and clinch a share of the American Midwest Conference regular-season championship.
Trailing early in the second half, a steal and layup by junior Devin Griffin gave the Cougars a one-point lead with 16 minutes left in the game. Six minutes later, the Cougars were up by 11 points and maintained the lead for the remainder of the game.
Junior Derrick Dilworth led Columbia College in scoring with 21 points while senior Jordan Dressler contributed 13 points. Dressler and senior Marquette Murrell grabbed eight rebounds apiece.
Columbia College plays next when it hosts Lyon College (Batesville, Ark.) at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Arena of the Southwell Complex.