|Points||Jordan Swopshire (26)||Luke Petrasek (24)|
|Rebounds||Jordan Swopshire (9)||Luke Petrasek (9)|
|Assists||Jordan Swopshire (4)||Mike Smith (5)|
|Steals||Nathan Harries (1)||Quinton Adlesh (2)|
|Blocks||Francisco Amiel (1)||Two tied with 1|
NEW YORK – Nate Hickman’s 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds remaining gave the Columbia men’s basketball team an 81-78 overtime victory over Colgate Saturday afternoon. The Lions (3-2) led by as many as 24 points and never trailed, but the Raiders tied the game with five seconds left in regulation to force overtime.
Columbia jumped ahead, 74-69, in the extra session after Luke Petrasek scored five-straight, but Colgate answered the bell again and tied the game on a deep trey by Jordan Swopshire, who finished with a game-high 26 points, with 2:03 to play.
With the Lions back up, 78-75, the Raiders’ Nathan Harries found room from the left corner to knot things up again with 13 seconds left. Mike Smith brought the ball up the floor and tossed the ball back to Hickman, who fired from about 35-feet out and nailed the try to put Columbia ahead for good. Colgate had one last chance, but did not get a half court heave off in time.
In the first half, the Lions buried six of their first seven attempts from beyond the arc and built a 45-21 lead after a Chris McComber layup with 1:33 left. However, the Raiders scored the last eight points of the frame to pull within 16 and turned it into a 13-0 run with the first five points of the second half.
From there, the teams nearly traded stop-for-stop and bucket-for-bucket until the 3:05 mark when Colgate strung together a pair of Harries’ free throws and a triple from Swopshire to pull the Raiders within 65-63. Hickman knocked down a pair with 1:07 remaining to make it a two-possession game, but Swopshire made his way to the line again and hit 1-of-2 to make it 67-64.
Columbia came up empty on its next trip down the floor, got a stop on the other end, but Colgate regained possession with 14.9 left in regulation after the Lions could not corral the loose ball. Swopshire fed Sean O’Brien from the left corner on a pick-and-pop play, who buried the open look to send the game into overtime.
Columbia concludes its three-game home stand against Hofstra this Tuesday, November 29 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.
- This was the second overtime game in the last three meetings between Columbia and Colgate. The Lions came away with a 76-70 double overtime victory the last time the teams squared off in Hamilton, New York (Dec. 30, 2013).
- Petrasek (24 points, nine rebounds) was one board shy of his third consecutive triple-double.
- The Lions finished with a 43-33 advantage on the glass and outrebounded an opponent for the first time this season.
- Lukas Meisner netted a season-high 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds before fouling out.