|Score By Half|
|Points||Matt Morgan (20)||Lukas Meisner (19)|
|Rebounds||Joel Davis (8)||Patrick Tape (8)|
|Assists||Matt Morgan (4)||Mike Smith (5)|
|Steals||Matt Morgan (2)
Stone Gettings (2)
|Mike Smith (3)|
|Blocks||Josh Warren (3)||Rodney Hunter (2)|
NEW YORK – Columbia tied a program record for the second time this season with 16 made 3-pointers and converted at season-best 57.1 percent (16-of-28) from downtown as it registered its first Ivy League win of the year with an 88-62 win over Cornell Saturday evening. The 26-point victory marked the Lions’ largest Ivy League win since a 93-65 win at Penn on February 27, 2016.
Defensively, Columbia (4-12, 1-2) posted eight steals, led by Mike Smith’s three, and forced 20 turnovers, which it turned in to 22 points.
It was a full-team effort for Columbia (4-12, 1-2) as seven players knocked down treys. Five players reached double-figures led by Lukas Meisner, who led the Lions with 19 points on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Quinton Adlesh finished with 14 points and knocked down 4-of-5 from 3-point range. Nate Hickman tied his season-high with 14 points, while Gabe Stefanini added 11 and Kyle Castlin contributed 10 off the bench.
Earlier in the year, the Lions hit 16 3-pointers at Longwood on November 14, 2017, and it is the second time Columbia has accomplished the feat against an Ivy League opponent (Brown – Feb. 10, 2012).
Columbia jumped out to a commanding 20-6 lead midway through the first half, fueled by an 8-0 run and four 3-pointers, including two from Adlesh and one each from Smith and Meisner. The Lions extended their lead to 15 on a great one-handed offensive rebound putback for a 3-point play by
Columbia kept the pressure on in the second half as it hit nine 3-pointers to outscore Cornell 45-33. The Lions took advantage of a 12-1 run to extend their lead to 24 points (62-38) with 12:13 to play. Adlesh led the rally with a 3-pointer, followed by four layups from Castlin, Myles Hanson, Meisner (3-point play) and another from Hanson.
Cornell was led by Matt Morgan, who scored a game-high 20 points, including 16 in the first half. The Big Red shot 43.8 percent from the floor were just 46.4 percent (13-of-28) on their free throw attempts.
The Lions will take face the Big Red once again in Ithaca on Saturday, January 27. Game time is set for 4 p.m. Fans can also watch the contest on the Ivy League Network, now available on Apple TV, Roku and the ILN app for Android and Apple devices.
Tickets for upcoming home games are still available. To purchase, visit gocolumbialions.com/tickets, call 888-LIONS-11.
- A total of 10 players scored for Columbia after nine found their way into the scoresheet last Saturday at Penn.
- Mike Smith had nine points, ending his streak of reaching double-digits in scoring against Division I opponents at 24 games.
- Columbia was a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe.
- The Lions are now 35-27 in Ivy League home debuts.