|Score by Half|
|Points||Luke Petrasek - 20||Roland Nyama - 16|
|Rebounds||Lukas Meisner - 12||Tyrell Sturdivant - 10|
|Assists||Three tied with 2||Lucas Woodhouse - 4|
|Steals||Four tied with 1||
Roland Nyama - 3
|Blocks||Lukas Meisner - 2
Luke Petrasek - 2
|Tyrell Sturdivant - 10|
STONY BROOK, N.Y. — An 8-1 run over the final 1:40 helped the Columbia men’s basketball team hold off Stony Brook, 73-66, on opening night. The win gave head coach Jim Engles his first victory on the Lions’ bench.
The Lions led by as many as 13 in the second half on the heels of hot shooting from Luke Petrasek, who scored 15 of his game-high 20 points after halftime. The senior forward went on a 9-0 spurt all on his own to put Columbia in front 51-38, with 13:49 to play in regulation before the Seawolves mounted a comeback.
With Petrasek on the bench in foul trouble, Stony Brook held the Lions to just one field goal over a span of 9:21 and tied the game, 65-65, on a pair of free throws by Lucas Woodhouse. After the teams traded turnovers, Quinton Adlesh drained a triple from the left wing to put the Lions back in front with 1:40 on the clock.
The Seawolves converted on 1-of-2 attempts from the line on their next possession and both teams came up with key stops, including a rejection and rebound from Lukas Meisner at the 48 second mark. The Lions had trouble finding an open look on the offensive end and were forced to inbound the ball with five seconds on the shot clock when Mike Smith knocked down an off-balance 3-pointer with 16 seconds to extend the cushion to 71-66.
Smith followed his clutch shot with a huge defensive play, drawing a charge with 11 seconds to go and iced the game with a pair of free throws.
Smith finished with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting and made the start in his first collegiate game.
The Lions caught fire from long range midway through the first half, using four 3-point baskets to take a four-point advantage with 7:15 on the clock. A strong drive by Rodney Hunter gave Columbia its largest lead of the half, 22-16, but Junior Saintel and Roland Nyama teamed up to score the Seawolves final 13 points to cut the deficit to 31-29 at the break.
The Lions return to action Monday, November 14 at Saint Joseph’s for a 7 p.m. contest. The Ivy League Digital Network will provide live audio.
- Jim Engles is the first Lions head coach to win his Columbia debut since Armond Hill did so in 1995 (77-35 win over Ursinus)
- Columbia improved to 78-38 all-time in season openers.
- Rodney Hunter, Jake Killingsworth and Mike Smith all made their collegiate debuts.