|Score By Half|
|Points||Gabe Stefanini (19)||Matt Morgan (29)|
|Rebounds||Kyle Castlin (6)||Josh Warren (8)|
|Assists||Mike Smith (5)||Stone Gettings (5)
Matt Morgan (5)
Terrance McBride (5)
|Steals||Quinton Adlesh (3)||Five tied with 1|
|Blocks||Patrick Tapé (2)||Steve Julian (1)|
ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell’s 1-2 punch of Matt Morgan and Stone Gettings powered the Big Red to an 82-81 decision over the Columbia men’s basketball team Saturday afternoon. Morgan netted 29 points, going 8-of-11 from the floor, and added five assists. Gettings dropped 25 points (9-of-18 FG) to go with seven rebounds and five assists for Cornell (7-10, 1-3), who earned its first Ivy League victory of the season.
Gabe Stefanini recorded a career-high 19 points, knocking down 3-of-4 of his tries from 3-point range, and posted four rebounds for the Lions (4-13, 1-3), who had four players score in double-figures.
After tying the program record for 3-pointers last week, Columbia shot 7-of-25 (28.0 percent) from downtown and was just 16-of-23 from the foul line.
Myles Hanson and Stefanini teamed up for 10 of Columbia’s points during a 14-2 run that turned a two-point deficit into a 25-15 lead with 9:38 to play in the first half. The Lions led by as many as 11 points before Gettings and Morgan heated up. The duo netted the Big Red’s next 13 points to even things up at 31-31 at the 3:47 mark.
Out of a timeout, Lukas Meisner, who finished with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting, connected from the left wing to put Columbia back in front and the Lions took a 39-35 advantage into the intermission.
Cornell started the second half 6-of-7 from the floor to take a. 48-47 lead with 15:08 to play, its first since 13-11. Bryan After erasing a four-point deficit, Columbia found themselves behind by two before three consecutive offensive possessions led to second-chance points, capped by a pair of Meisner free throws to give the Lions a 64-61 lead with 8:12 remaining, but the Big Red would not go away.
Jimmy Boeheim gave Cornell the lead for good with a triple at the 7:20 mark. Columbia remained within two possessions the rest of the way but missed a pair of foul shots with 34 seconds on the clock that would have tied the game at 75-75. The Big Red left the door open by going 1-for-2 from the line on their next trip down, but an off-balance Mike Smith trey was off the mark with 20 seconds to go.
Morgan and Gettings combined to go 6-for-6 from the line to put Cornell in front by five before Stefanini buried a long trey from the top of the key made it 80-78 with six seconds left. However, Morgan calmly sank two more from the line, making Stefanini’s last-second 3-pointer meaningless.
The Lions outrebounded the Big Red, 37-32, and held a 24-9 advantage on second-chance points. Columbia was also strong in the paint, outscoring Cornell 43-24 from close-range.
The Lions return to Levien Gymnasium Friday, February 2 against Harvard to kick-off Alumni Weekend. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. Tickets are still available. To purchase, visit gocolumbialions.com/tickets, call 888-LIONS-11.
Fans can also watch the contest on SNY and the Ivy League Network, now available on Apple TV, Roku and the ILN app for Android and Apple devices.
- The loss snapped a five-game road winning streak at Newman Arena for the Lions.
- All nine players that saw action for Columbia scored. The Lions have had nine or more players record points in three consecutive games.
- Columbia is now 129-101 all-time against the Big Red.
- The Lions dropped to 0-7 on the year in games decided by six points or less.