Stat Comparison
Category Howard Columbia
FGM-A 18-66  24-65 
FG% 27.3% 


3 FGM-A 9-30  6-26 
3 FG% 30.%  23.1 
FTM-A 3-14  12-17 
FT% 21.4  70.6% 
Rebounds 40  59 
Assists 13  12 
Turnovers 10  16 
Individual Leaders
Category Howard Columbia
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.

Columbia opens up Ivy League play next Saturday, January 14 at Cornell. Game time is slated for 4 p.m. The game will be simulcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network and ESPN3.

Tickets for upcoming home games are still available and can be purchased by visiting or by calling 888-LIONS-11.

- 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.