Columbia Cougar guard Terrence Smith is used to scoring.
But not usually like this. Smith‘s 30 points that led Columbia College to 80-53 win over Bacone College Tuesday night came off the bench.
“It’s all good. You’ve got to come out and play for the Cougars,” Smith said. “It doesn’t matter, start or no start. You still have to step out on the court and perform well.”
The performance earned him MVP honors in the Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Classic. But it was the Cougars’ MVP-caliber game that brought Columbia College (7-8) the victory over the Warriors, Smith said. He compared his team’s play last night to what he sees in practice.
“We stuck to our game plan,” he said. “If you come to our practices, that’s exactly how we practice. No matter what the score was, we never got out of what we do.”
Cougar head coach Bob Burchard was pleased with Smith’s play, especially for the first time bringing him in off the bench.
“We changed our lineup over the holidays, and we’ve been looking at doing some different things,” Burchard said. “I think it benefited him and some other guys as well. Gosh, when you can have that kind of instant offense, I think it really helps you.”
The game was a back-and-forth struggle, for the first seven minutes, 3:54 of which Smith was on the bench. A three-pointer by Aaron Edwards gave the Cougars the lead for good with 13:00 to go in the first half.
The Cougars led at halftime 48-25 and on a 25-5 run thanks to a Warrior scoring drought. Bacone scored one field goal, a three pointer, in the final 8:53 of the first half.
Smith led all scorers at halftime with 19 points. Before intermission, he had five field goals, including three three pointers. He also made all six of his first-half free throws. Cougar guard Andreas Jakobsen added 11 points of his own in the first half. At the break, Smith and Jakobsen had outscored the entire Bacone team.
Player fouls frustrated Bacone coach Alan Foster.
At the 15:31 mark of the second half Bacone had 19 player fouls to Columbia’s 10. After a string of three Bacone fouls in 30 seconds, Foster was livid.
“Don’t even it up. Keep calling them,” he said to an official after a string of three Bacone fouls in 30 seconds. Foster then was called for a technical foul.
In the end 48 fouls were called, 27 on Bacone.
With many fouls come many free throws. Despite the Cougars’ 27-point victory, Burchard said the Cougars’ free-throw shooting left something to be desired.
“The way we shot free throws in the second half – we can to a little bit better job there,” Burchard said.
After shooting 93.8 percent in the first half, the Cougars made 11 out of 23 free throws after halftime. Columbia shot 66.7 percent for the game from the charity stripe.
In the end, the Cougars’ first half play proved to be the difference. Jakobsen and Melz were heavy contributors to the Cougar scoring barrage, finishing with 15 and 14 points respectively.
The Warriors were led by senior guard Mike Olden, who had 11 points.
Burchard was happy with Columbia’s performance overall.
“To start the second semester with the way we played tonight, I’m very pleased.”