Defense Leads Men’s Basketball to Home Win


Columbia, Mo. – The Columbia College men’s basketball team picked up a double-digit win over Hannibal-LaGrange on Thursday evening. The Cougars defeated the Trojans, 66-47, and have now won six-straight in the series.

The Cougars started the game on a 19-4 run to start the game. CC led by as many as 19-points (30-11) after a Tony Burks 3-pointer. Cameron Vanleer tipped in a basket as time expired and Columbia led 33-17 at the break.

Hannibal-LaGrange came out of the halftime locker room on fire and went on a 14-4 run to close the gap to six points (37-31), forcing a CC timeout. After the timeout, the Cougars responded with a 14-2 run to push their lead back to double figures (51-33). The Cougar lead reached as many at 26 in the second half.

The Cougars held the Trojans to 18-53 shooting (34.0-percent) from the field and 25.0-percent (4-16) from behind the three-point arc.

Key Moment:
After the Trojans cut the Cougar lead to six points (37-31), the Cougars went on a 14-2 run to regain control of the game.

By the Numbers:
8 – CC hit eight three-pointers, including five in the second half.
47 – Columbia gave up a season-low 47 points.
10 – The Cougars had 10 steals.  

Columbia Leaders:
Scoring Leader – Tony Burks (21)
Rebounding Leader – Chima Oduocha (9)
Assist Leader – Carson Parker / Cameron Vanleer / Beau Washer (2)
Steals Leader – Tony Burks (5)

Hannibal-LaGrange Leaders:
Scoring Leader – Joe McBride (13)
Rebounding Leader – Joe McBride / Michael Hood / Khalib Becton (4)
Assist Leader – Roger Guardiola (3)
Steals Leader – Roger Guardiola (3)

Up Next:
The Cougars travel to St. Louis, Mo. on Saturday, Jan. 15 to face Harris-Stowe at 3:00 PM.

This article is provided by Columbia Cougar Athletics