|Points||Mike Smith (23)||Myles Powell (21)|
|Rebounds||Luke Petrasek (8)||Angel Delgado (11)|
|Assists||Luke Petrasek (4)||Ismael Sanogo (5)|
|Steals||Jake Killingsworth (2)||Desi Rodriguez (6)|
|Blocks||N/A||Two tied with 1|
NEWARK, N.J. – Seton Hall shot a blistering 63.3 percent in the second half to pull away from the Columbia men’s basketball team and come away with a 95-71 victory at Prudential Center Thursday night. The Lions (3-4) received a strong effort from first-year Mike Smith, who scored a career-high 23 points on 8-of-3 shooting in the defeat.
The Pirates’ (5-2) were also led by a rookie, Myles Powell, who drilled seven 3-pointers en route to 21 points to lead four players in double-figures for the defending BIG EAST Champions.
After Lukas Meisner opened the scoring with a trey from the left wing, Seton Hall rattled off 12 unanswered and led 20-11 after an old fashioned 3-point play from Desi Rodriguez at the 12:40 mark. Smith scored five of his 14 first half points during a 7-0 spurt to make it a two-point game just over a minute later, but that would be as close as the Lions would get.
Powell converted from long-range to put the Pirates in front, 42-31, with 3:02 left in the half and Seton Hall eventually took a 47-37 cushion into the locker room.
Smith brought Columbia within 50-45 just under three minutes into the second half when the Pirates caught fire, converting on 15 of their next 20 shots to put the game away.
Columbia returns to action Friday, December 9 at Navy for a 7 p.m. contest. A live radio broadcast will be 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.
- Seton Hall improved to 12-8 in the all-time series and have now won five straight against the Lions.
- Quinton Adlesh recorded a career-high 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting.