Columbia College men's basketball takes down William Woods

Thursday, January 30, 2014 | 10:17 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — If Columbia College has a rival, it’s William Woods University.

Anyone who entered The Arena of Southwell Complex was handed a “White Out Woods” T-shirt.

But Thursday’s result didn’t indicate a rivalry.

The Columbia College men's basketball team jumped out to an 18-5 run at the outset, and once the Cougars were up by double digits, it stayed that way.

Columbia College blew out William Woods 81-59.

The Columbia College victory was aided by the return of senior Derrick Dilworth, who was out until Thursday with a broken hand. He played only 15 minutes but scored nine points and gave the Cougars a new look offensively.

“We can do some things offensively with him on the floor that we can’t do with other guys,” coach Bob Burchard said. “His ability to shoot and pass — I mean, he won a state championship as a quarterback in high school. So he has that vision.”

But senior Devin Griffin was the star of the night for the Cougars.

Since he was inserted into the starting lineup, Columbia College has blown out its opponents. Griffin had 24 points on Thursday.

Junior Jeremy Nolen added 17 points and nine rebounds, while senior Patric Massey scored 10 points and pulled down 11 boards.

Next up for Columbia College is Harris-Stowe State University at 4 p.m. Saturday at home.

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