The Columbia College men’s basketball team lost 77-50 to No. 1 seed Mountain State on Wednesday in the first round of the NAIA tournament at Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium.
The Cougars (21-14) shot poorly in the first half and were unable to account for Mountain State’s height on the perimeter.
“Shots were really contested,” coach Bob Burchard said. “We allowed that size and quickness to speed us up.”
Columbia College didn’t score for the first five minutes of play, which led to a 27-6 deficit with just over seven minutes left in the first half.
“I think the guys were excited, trying to do it all at once,” Burchard said.
Mountain State (30-3) led 42-17 at halftime and never allowed the Cougars to get within 25 in the second half.
Mersad Terzic led Mountain State with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
The defeat marks the end of Columbia College’s season and the fourth consecutive time the Cougars have lost in the first round of the NAIA tournament.