|Points||James Miller (15)||Nate Hickman (14)|
|Rebounds||Marcel Boyd (7)||Jeff Coby (13)|
|Assists||James Daniel (4)||Mike Smith (3)|
|Steals||James Miller (2)||Nate Hickman (2)|
|Blocks||Marcel Boyd (3)||Conor Voss (2)|
NEW YORK — Columbia limited Howard to 27 percent shooting and used a 12-0 first half run to notch a 66-48 win home over the Bison Saturday evening at Levien Gymnasium. With the win, Columbia closes out its non-conference portion of the season with a 6-7 record.
Columbia held Howard to an opponent season-low 27.3 shooting (18-66) performance. The Bison also were limited to 23 percent (6-26) shooting from 3-point range and were outrebounded 59-40. Columbia’s 59 rebounds were a season-high.
Junior Nate Hickman led Columbia with a team-high 14 points, senior Jeff Coby registered his first career double-double with a season-high 13 points (5-7 shooting) and a career-high 13 rebounds in only 20 minutes of action and senior Luke Petrasek contributed nine points and eight rebounds. Howard’s James Miller led all scorers with 15 points on 6-13 shooting, while James Daniel contributed 10 points.
Columbia took control of the game midway through the first half with a 12-0 run to lead 26-13 on a Conor Voss layup with 3:33 to left in the first half. The run stretched six minutes and was sparked by a Nate Hickman 3-point play, a C.J. Davis 3-pointer and a Petrasek backdoor layup off a Quinton Adlesh pass. But it was the Lions’ 1-3-1 defense that held Howard scoreless during the six-minute stretch. The Lions held Howard to 21 points and 25 percent shooting (8-32) in the first half alone.
On offense, Columbia shot a season-low 36.9 (24-65) after entering the game as the Ivy League’s team leader in field goal percentage (.469) and ranking second in points per game (76.3). Previously, Columbia’s season-low shooting was a 37.7 percent (20-53) performance at Navy on Dec. 9.
Midway through the second half, the Lions used an 9-0 run to extend their lead to 21 points, 50-29, with 11:22 to play. Two Davis baskets, a Petrasek 3-pointer and Mike Smith jumper sparked the rally. Columbia led by as many as 23 points late in the game.
Columbia raced out to an 8-0 lead after the opening tipoff. Hickman sparked the rally with five points and Coby contributed a 3-pointer on the game’s first play, while Smith assisted on all three field goals. Led by Miller, Howard battled back to trail 14-13 after the Lions missed nine straight field goal attempts.
Howard (3-13, 0-1 MEAC) was selected as the preseason MEAC favorite, but have faced a variety of injuries to several of their top players.
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- Columbia improved to 3-0 all-time against Howard. The Lions also registered a 72-59 victory over Howard on December 28, 2015. The two teams first met on Dec. 8, 1989, a 69-68 Columbia win.
- Nate Hickman reached double figure scoring for the ninth time in 13 games. He scored 12 of his team-high 14 points in the first half.
- Columbia shot a season-low 36.9 percent (24-65) from the floor.
- Columbia held Howard to a season-low 27.3 percent shooting night. The Bison converted just 18 of their 66 field goal attempts.
- Senior Jeff Coby registered his fifth career double-double with a season-high 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. His previous career rebounding high was 12 at Maine on Jan. 2.
- Columbia finished with a season-high 59 rebounds.
- Columbia never trailed in the contest.