|Points||Luke Petrasek (16)||Ja'Quan Newton (22)|
|Rebounds||Rodney Hunter (6)||Ja'Quan Newton (9)|
|Assists||Mike Smith (5)||Bruce Brown (5)|
|Steals||CJ Davis (3)||Two tied with 3|
|Blocks||Rodney Hunter (1)||Two tied with 2|
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Columbia men’s basketball team Wednesday night. Luke Petrasek led the Lions (4-6) with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go with five rebounds.
A pair of Petrasek triples kept Columbia in the ballgame early, but the Lions were forced to play without starters Nate Hickman and Mike Smith for much of the period due to foul trouble. The Hurricanes went on a 10-2 run to open up a 23-10 lead with 10:27 left in the first half.
The Lions remained aggressive on the defensive end of the floor, forcing 12 Miami turnovers and picking up seven steals in the opening frame, but could only pull within eight as they trailed 41-31 at the break.
Jeff Coby, who finished with 13 points, and Petrasek teamed up for 12 points during a 14-3 spurt to trim the margin to 51-49 with 12:59 on the clock. After Ja’Quan Newman converted on 1-of-2 from the line, the Lions missed from close-range and committed a pair of turnovers. Miami capitalized with a transition dunk and an Ebuka Izundu trifecta from the left wing to restore a 56-49 cushion at the 11:36 mark.
Columbia closed within five on a Patrick Tape baby hook with 7:08 remaining, but the Hurricanes limited the Lions to just two field goals over the final 4:55 to go on for the victory.
Newman led Miami with 22 points and nine rebounds, but committed 10 of the Hurricanes 20 turnovers, which was the most by a Columbia opponent this season. However, the Hurricanes shot 29-of-53 from the floor (54.7 percent)
The Lions shot 47.3 percent from the floor against Miami, who was holding opponents to 36.3 percent on average.
Columbia returns to Levien Gymnasium this Friday, December 30 to face UAlbany at 7 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 the game, tune in to The Ivy League Digital Network.
- Columbia’s nine steals were the most against a Division I program this season. The Lions tied a program record with 14 swipes in their last contest against Manhattanville.
- Jeff Coby (Pembroke Pines, Fla) made his first start of the year.
- Lukas Meisner missed his second consecutive game due to injury.
- Miami improved to 3-1 in the all-time series.