|Points||Brian Bernardi (21)||Luke Petrasek (27)|
|Rebounds||Ty Greer (8)||Lukas Meisner (7)|
|Assists||Deron Powers (8)||Quinton Adlesh (8)|
|Steals||Two tied with 2||CJ Davis (3)|
|Blocks||Five tied with 1||Luke Petrasek (1)|
NEW YORK – Forward Luke Petrasek scored a career-high 27 points and guard Nate Hickman finished with 21 to lead Columbia back from a 12-point second half deficit, but it was not enough as hot shooting Hofstra held off the Lions in the final minute to claim an 88-86 men’s basketball win Tuesday night at Levien Gymnasium.
A Ty Greer 3-pointer gave Hofstra its largest lead of the game at 12 points (78-66) with 6:57 left to play. But Columbia battled back as Hickman converted two free throws and CJ Davis hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to six points at 83-77 with 4:14 to go. After the Lions employed a full-court press, Petrasek banked in a shot to cut the lead to four points (85-81) with 3:17 to play. On Columbia’s next possession, Hickman drew a foul and hit two free throws to pull the Lions within two points at 85-83 with 2:54 left. Petrasek then gave Columbia an 86-85 lead with a long-range 3-pointer with 1:57 to go.
Hofstra’s Eli Pemberton followed with two free throws to give the lead back to the Pride with 1:47 to go. Trailing 87-86, an offensive foul gave the ball back to Columbia with 48 seconds to play, but another offensive foul call gave the ball back to Hofstra with 33 seconds. Then Columbia’s ball-hawking full court pressure forced a jump ball and with 23 seconds to play, the Lions had possession down 87-86, but couldn’t convert on a driving layup. Columbia was forced to foul and put Hofstra’s Deron Powers at the free throw line with 2.4 seconds to play. Powers converted his first shot to give Hofstra an 88-86 lead, but his second attempt missed the mark. Columbia’s halfcourt shot at the buzzer missed its mark.
Petrasek hit 11-16 field goals, including a perfect 3-3 from 3-point range and finished with five rebounds. Hickman hit 6-10 shots and 3-5 from 3-point range for his 21 points.
Hofstra (5-3) hit 12 3-pointers and shot 58.5 percent (31-53) from the floor. Brian Bernardi led five Hofstra players in double figures with a team-high 21 points and five 3-pointers. Greer and Powers both finished with 15 points apiece and Pemberton and Jamall Robinson (4-7 from 3-point range) both added 12 points. In the second half alone, Hofstra shot 65.4 percent (17-26).
The Pride led for the majority of the game and connected on 14 of its first 19 second half field goal attempts to build its 12-point lead.
Hofstra took a 39-33 halftime lead after Greer banked in a jumper. The two teams played evenly throughout the first half as neither team led by more than four points through the game’s first 17 minutes. The Pride took advantage of back-to-back 3-pointers from Robinson to outscore the Lions 10-6 over the half’s final 4:56.
Columbia will take on Seton Hall Thursday, December 1 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, for a 7 p.m. contest. The game will be broadcast on FS1 and the FOX Sports Go App. Free audio is available on The Ivy League Digital Network.
Tickets are still available for Columbia’s home games and can be purchased by visiting GoColumbiaLions.com/Tickets or by calling 888-LIONS-11.
- Luke Petrasek scored a career-high 27 points. It surpassed his previous career-high of 26 set at Manhattan on Dec. 9, 2015. His 11 field goals tied a career-high that evening.
- With his 21-point performance tonight, Nate Hickman has now scored 20 or more points in three of his previous four games.
- Columbia hit a team season-high 11 3-pointers in the contest tonight.
- Columbia and Hofstra met for the 11th time in series history. Hofstra now leads the series with a 9-2 record.