|Points||Jordan Fox (22)||Nate Hickman (30)|
|Rebounds||Mac Hoffman (7)||Luke Petrasek (11)|
|Assists||Tommy Funk (5)||Luke Petrasek (5)|
|Steals||Three tied with 3||Three tied with 1|
|Blocks||John Emezie (1)||Luke Petrasek (2)|
NEW YORK – Army West Point erased an 11-point lead with 7:47 on the clock to come away with an 88-83 victory over the Columbia men’s basketball team in the Lions’ home opener. Nate Hickman scored a career-high 30 points on 11 of-17 shooting to continue his strong offensive start.
Columbia (2-2) trailed by seven at the break, but Hickman erupted in the second half, going on a 9-0 run on his own to put the Lions in front, 55-54, at the 16:13 mark. The lead ballooned to seven after CJ Davis found a streaking Hickman for a fast break dunk less than two minutes later. Army (2-3) cut the deficit to 68-64 at the midway point until Columbia responded with seven unanswered, highlighted by a two-handed slam from Lukas Meisner.
The Lions committed four consecutive turnovers to keep the Knights in the game and a second chance put-back by Matt Wilson put Army back in front, 78-77, with 3:20 remaining in regulation.
Columbia remained within one possession and had a chance to tie the game after a pair of free throws by the Knights with 14 seconds to play. Nate Hickman raced down the court, crossed over and pulled up from the top of the arc, but his attempt was off line as Army secured the victory with two more free throws.
The first half saw ebbs and flows for each team as well. The Lions scored the first five points of the ballgame, but found themselves behind 14-9 at the 12:31 mark. From there, Columbia posted a 12-2 spurt to regain the lead, 21-16, and led by as many as seven until the Knights exploded with four consecutive makes from downtown to take a 45-38 cushion into halftime.
The Lions return to action this Saturday, November 26, against Colgate 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.
- Luke Petrasek notched his second consecutive double-double (11 points, 11 rebounds) and added a personal-best five assists.
- Hickman is the first Columbia player not named Alex Rosenberg or Maodo Lo to score 30 points since Noruwa Agho did so against Brown on March 4, 2011.
- Columbia fell to 83-33 all-time in home openers.
- Rodney Hunter netted career-highs of 10 points and eight rebounds.