|Score By Half|
|Points||Akwasi Yeboah (30)||Mike Smith (18)|
|Rebounds||Elijah Olaniyi (9)||Patrick Tapé (6)|
|Assists||Jordan McKenzie (5)||Mike Smith (8)|
|Steals||Tyrell Sturdivant (3)||Mike Smith (5)|
|Blocks||Tyrell Sturdivant (2)||Jaron Faulds (4)|
NEW YORK – Stony Brook erupted in the second half to turn a 10-point halftime deficit into a 76-66 victory over the Columbia men’s basketball team Thursday night. The Seawolves (4-6) were led by Akwasi Yeboah, who finished with 30 points on 9-of-12 shooting and eight rebounds.
The rest of Stony Brook shot just 16-of-45 (35.5 percent) from the floor, however, the Seawolves converted on 21-of-28 free throws. Columbia shot 52.0 percent in the opening stanza, but went cold in the second half and shot just 25.8 percent. After a 31.2 percent first half from the floor, the Seawolves knocked down 55.2 percent after the intermission
Mike Smith, who came into the night the Ivy League leader in assists, dished out a career-best eight dimes to go with 18 points and five steals (also a new personal-best). Lukas Meisner was the only other Lion (1-8) to score in double figures with
Columbia netted the first nine points, thanks to triples from Smith and Meisner, and led 14-5 after a personal 5-0 spurt by Meisner with 15:55 left in the first half. Stony Brook stayed in the game thanks to strong shooting from the charity stripe and forcing turnovers. After Yeboah knocked down a pair from the foul line to make it 25-23 before Myles Hanson provided a spark off the bench.
With Meisner sitting with two fouls, the Minnesota native sparked a 7-2 outburst with five points as the Lions extended the advantage to seven after a Smith free throw. Yeboah scored the next four before a barrage of treys by Columbia put the Lions in front, 41-31, at the break.
The Seawolves quickly pulled within two with an 8-0 run in just over two minutes and took their first lead of the night, 46-45, on an Elijah Olaniyi layup with 14:56 to play. The Lions were held to one field goal in a 5:25 span but buckled back down on defense to not let the game slip away. Gabe Stefanini’s triple in transition put Columbia back in front, 50-48, before another stretch of nearly five minutes without a basket.
This time Stony Brook took advantage with Jaron Cornish scoring six of his 11 points during an 11-0 run, giving the Seawolves a 60-51 cushion at the 5:45 mark. Still trailing by nine at the final media timeout, the Lions made one last push. Nate Hickman hit 1-of-2 from the foul line, but regained possession during the fight for the rebound and Mike Smith turned it into a 3-point play with a layup. Quinton Adlesh proceeded to intercept the inbounds pass and Meisner converted on a layup to trim the margin to 68-64 just 13 seconds later.
The teams traded buckets the next two trips down the floor and Stony Brook left the door open a crack by hitting just 1-of-2 from the line, but Columbia could not break the ice as the Seawolves took the victory.
The Lions rejected a season-high 10 shots, with Jaron Faulds registering a career-best four blocks. Stony Brook won the battle of the glass with a 42-30 edge in rebounds.
- Columbia fell to 7-13 all-time against Stony Brook.
- Randy Brumant made his collegiate debut and logged five minutes in the first half.
- Myles Hansons’ eight points established a new career-high.
- Mike Smith has recorded double-figure points in 19 consecutive games.