Visiting Columbia got off to a 16-5 start Tuesday en route to a 73-50 non-conference victory over the Missouri Valley College men's basketball team.
The 14th-ranked Cougars shot 57.1 percent from the field during the first half to take a 41-22 lead over MVC, which was held to 32.1-percent shooting.
Down by 23 points early in the second half, the Vikings got a bucket inside from senior Bryan Corley and a conventional three-point play by freshman Landers Riddle to trim the margin to 47-31, but never got any closer.
Columbia got 14 points from sophomore Devin Griffin and a combined 25 points off the bench from senior Taylor Evans and junior Hal Payne. The Cougars (4-2) controlled the boards, 38-29, with 12 rebounds from junior Jordan Dressler -- a Rock Bridge product and son of Mark Dressler, a forward on Missouri's four-time Big 8 Conference champions from 1980 to '83.
Corley finished with a double-double for the Valley, scoring 16 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Riddle added 14 points.
The Vikings (2-5) begin Heart of America Conference play Dec. 1 at Culver-Stockton.