|Score By Half|
|Points||Mike Smith (22)||Desmond Cambridge (23)|
|Rebounds||Lukas Meisner (12)||Jason Massey (8)|
|Assists||Mike Smith (6)||Obi Okolie (5)
Brandon Anderson (5)
|Steals||Mike Smith (3)||Desmond Cambridge (4)|
|Blocks||Lukas Meisner (1)
Gabe Stefanini (1)
|Three tied with 1|
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Brown’s Obi Okolie converted on a 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Bears to a 91-88 victory over the Columbia men’s basketball team Saturday evening. The contest featured 16 lead changes and seven tie scores and each team led by double-figures at one point in the game.
The Lions (6-15, 3-5) had three players score 20 or more points, led by Mike Smith’s 22. Smith also dished out six assists and added three steals. Lukas Meisner posted 20 points and 12 boards for his fourth consecutive double-double and extended his Ivy League lead to six on the year. Gabe Stefanini chipped in a career-best 20 points, going 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.
Smith sent the game into overtime by hitting a pull-up triple from the right wing with five seconds left and a long 3-pointer by Brown (10-10, 4-4) rimmed out as time expired in regulation to force another five minutes of action.
A pair of Smith free throws put Columbia in front by three with 23 seconds left in the extra session, but Brandon Anderson drew a foul on the next trip down the floor. Anderson hit the first and missed the second, leading to an offensive rebound and kick-out to Obi on the left wing, who buried the shot to put the Bears up one. The Lions drove to the basket, but a contested layup did not fall and Okoli sank two free throws with 2.8 seconds on the clock. Smith heaved a half-court shot before the buzzer that was left short as Brown came away with the win.
Columbia led 69-64 after Stefanini beat the shot clock horn with a trifecta before Brown rattled off five in a row to knot things up with 4:20 left in the second. Quinton Adlesh, who finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, drilled one of his four triples at the 2:36 mark. However, Anderson recorded four in a row to put the Bears up 77-74 with 19 seconds remaining in regulation before Smith’s theatrics.
Prior to that, the Lions erased a 10-point deficit thanks to a barrage of 3-pointers that included a four-point play from Smith. With Columbia down by just two, Stefanini stripped the ball away from a Brown player and sent a long pass to Smith for a layup, evening the score 50-50 with 13:24 on the clock. The Bears built the advantage back to five until a 12-2 run gave the Lions a 64-58 cushion with 7:43 to go, but Brown had one last answer.
Eight points from Meisner and a 7-of-8 start shooting helped the Lions gain a 17-7 advantage with 15:34 left in the first half. However, a 13-3 run capped by a steal and dunk by Obi Okolie evened the score at 20 at the midway point. Cambridge converted from inside the arc for two of his 13 first-half points to put the Bears up 27-25 with just over five minutes remaining and Brown took a 36-29 cushion after 20 minutes of action.
The Bears turned 17 Columbia turnovers into 22 points and scored 16 second-chance points on 14 offensive rebounds.
Cambridge totaled 23 points, six rebounds
The Lions return to the friendly confines of Levien Gymnasium Friday, February 16, when they take on Penn at 7 p.m. Tickets, are still available and can be purchased by visiting gocolumbialions.com/tickets or calling 888-LIONS-11.
The game will be broadcast live on SNY and the Ivy League Network, now available on Apple TV, Roku and the ILN app for Android and Apple devices.
- Columbia hit 14 3-pointers to bring its monthly total to 48 for the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge. Fans can pledge a dollar amount for every triple Columbia makes in February or make a one-time donation. All funds will the American Cancer Society. To donate, click here.
- Castlin went 2-for-2 from the foul line, extending his streak of 19 makes in a row in his last seven games.
- The Lions dropped to 5-2 when Adlesh knocks down at least four 3-pointers.
- Columbia fell to 1-9 in games decided by six points or fewer.