|Score By Half|
|Army West Point||49||39||88|
|Points||Lukas Meisner (16)||Jordan Fox (26)|
|Rebounds||Lukas Meisner (8)||Matt Wilson (10)|
|Assists||Mike Smith (5)||Tommy Funk (9)|
|Steals||Mike Smith (3)||Two tied with 2|
|Blocks||Jaron Faulds (2)||Matt Wilson (2)|
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army West Point raced out to an early 10-0 lead and never trailed as they came away with an 88-78 victory over the Columbia men’s basketball team. Five players scored in double figures for the Lions (1-3) led by a career-high 16 points and eight rebounds from Lukas Meisner.
Jordan Fox continued his strong play for the Black Knights (3-1). Three days removed from a career-best 33 points at Marist, Fox dropped a game-high 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting and added six rebounds and five assists. Matt Wilson added 17 points and 10 boards for Army.
Meisner ended the rally with the first of two highlight-reel slam dunks at the 16:46 mark, but Columbia trailed by double-digits for much of the first half until a late rally. The Lions ripped off a 12-3 spurt, capped by Meisner’s posterizing dunk and a left-wing trey to make it 47-44 with 42 seconds left in the half. However, Tucker Blackwell’s fall-away jumper just beat the shot clock to give the Cadets a five-point cushion at the break.
Army shot 54.3 percent from the floor and 8-of-16 (50 percent) from 3-point land in the first 20 minutes.
Hickman cut the deficit to 59-57 on a jumper from the foul line extended with 14:59 to play, but Columbia committed back-to-back turnovers to swing the momentum back in favor of Army. The Lions came within four three more times, however, the Black Knights had an answer each time and held on for the win.
The Cadets held a 47-34 advantage on the glass and finished the game shooting 53.8 percent, but were held to just a pair of treys.
The Lions will take on its second consecutive Patriot League foe when they travel to Hamilton, New York to take on Colgate. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. on the Patriot League Network. A free audio broadcast is also available on the Ivy League Network.
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- Columbia fell to 37-22 all-time against Army West Point.
- Jaron Faulds made his first career start.
- Bibbs set a new career-best with 12
- Columbia’s eight steals and 17 forced turnovers were both season-highs.