|Points||Nate Hickman (16)||Shawn Anderson (20)|
|Rebounds||Patrick Tape (10)||Three tied with 7|
|Assists||Chris McComber (3)||Two tied with 3|
|Steals||Patrick Tape (2)||Zach Fong (3)|
|Blocks||Luke Petrasek (1)||Two tied with 1|
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Columbia men’s basketball team fell at Navy, 69-54, Friday night. Shawn Anderson led four Midshipmen (5-6) players in double figures with 21 points. The Lions (3-5) dropped their third straight game.
Both teams got off to strong offensive starts, going a combined 8-for-12 to start the game, but Navy held a 10-8 advantage early on. The Midshipmen pulled away, using a full court press to force five straight turnovers to spur an 8-0 run, giving them a 28-16 cushion with 7:40 left in the half.
The Lions came as close as eight after a pair of Nate Hickman free throws at the 3:10 mark and Navy took a 40-30 lead into the break.
In the second half, both offenses stalled and Columbia was unable to put together a sustained run. Mike Smith, who finished with 15 points, drained a 3-pointer from the right wing to trim the margin to 48-41 with 11:05 on the clock, but that was as close as Columbia came.
Navy took its largest lead of the night, 66-48, on a Tom Lacey layup with 2:27 on the clock and never looked back.
Hickman led the Lions with 16 points.
Columbia returns to Levien Gymnasium this Sunday, December 11 when they face Manhattanville at 12 p.m. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting GoColumbiaLions.com/Tickets or by calling 888-LIONS-11. For fans that cannot make it to the game, it will be broadcast live on The Ivy League Digital Network.
- Patrick Tape had a strong game, netting career highs of seven points, 10 rebounds and two steals in just 13 minutes of action in the second half.
- Navy converted 19 Columbia turnovers into 23 points.
- Luke Petrasek was held to just 14 minutes of action due to foul trouble.
- The Midshipmen are now 17-18 all-time against the Lions