|Points||Nate Hickman (23)||Mikey Dixon (17)|
|Rebounds||Luke Petrasek (14)||Abdulai Bundu (9)|
|Assists||Quinton Adlesh (4)||Daniel Harris (5)|
|Steals||Two tied with 1||Daniel Harris (2)|
|Blocks||Jeff Coby (3)||Two tied with 1|
HAMDEN, Conn. – The Columbia men’s basketball team came up with a bounce-back 86-78 victory over Quinnipiac Monday night. Nate Hickman led all scorers with a career-best 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor.
Luke Petrasek notched his first double-double of the season, posting 18 points and 14 rebounds. Jeff Coby returned to the lineup after missing the first two contests due to injury and registered 12 points, five rebounds and tied a personal-best with three rejections.
Quinnipiac (0-2) hit the offensive boards hard, grabbing six early to lead to 10 points, as they jumped out to an 18-12 lead with 11:40 left in the first half. However, the Lions settled in and picked apart the Bobcats’ full-court pressure defense to pick up some easy buckets.
A Hickman trey gave Columbia (2-1) the lead, 26-25, during a 19-3 run to put the Lions ahead by 12 with 3:56 before halftime. Coby punctuated the half with a tip-in at the buzzer go send Columbia into the locker room ahead, 48-30.
The teams exchanged buckets to start the second half before the game got physical. Quinnipiac slowly chipped away at their deficit by getting to the foul line and closed within seven points at the 1:32 mark. Despite on netting one field goal in the final 6:00 of play, the Lions made enough foul shots down the stretch to hold off the Bobcats.
The Lions will make their home debut Wednesday, November 23, against Army West Point at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting GoColumbiaLions.com/Tickets or by calling 888-LIONS-11.
The game will also be broadcast live on The Ivy League Digital Network.
- Columbia defeated Quinnipiac for the first time in four tries.
- Quinton Adlesh tied a career-high with four assists and Columbia dished out a season-best 21 helpers as a team.