NEW YORK – After a 75-70 win over Lehigh on Thursday night at Levien Gym, Columbia is back in action on Saturday, December 5 at Stony Brook at 2 p.m. The Lions came back from a two-point deficit at halftime to defeat the Mountain Hawks behind 21 points apiece from Patrick Foley and Brian Grimes.
Stony Brook enters the game at 5-2 overall, coming off a 63-55 loss at St. John's on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The Seawolves are led by Muhammad El-Amin (13.5 ppg) and Bryan Dougher (12.3 ppg).
The game will be televised live on MSG+, widely available in the New York metropolitan area. It can also be heard live on gocolumbialions.com with Jerry Recco and Dalen Cuff on the call. Game notes are now available.
THE SERIES UP CLOSE
Series record: Stony Brook, 6-4
Series started: 1998-99
Last time out: Stony Brook, 62-60 (11/29/08)
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FOLEY, GRIMES LEAD LIONS TO 75-70 HOME WIN OVER LEHIGH
Patrick Foley tied his career high and Brian Grimes set a new career high as the Columbia duo scored 21 points apiece to lead the Lions to a hard-fought, 75-70 win over Lehigh Thursday night at Levien Gym. Columbia went 6-of-6 from the foul line in the final two minutes as Lehigh made it interesting by nailing some long three-pointers. Grimes canned the final pair of free throws, giving the Lions a 73-67 lead with 19 seconds left, all but icing the third straight home win for Columbia to start the season.
AGHO RACKS UP AWARDS
This week, sophomore guard Noruwa Agho was named the Ivy League Player of the Week, the ECAC Player of the Week and Columbia’s Male Student-Athlete of the Month for November. Over the first six games of the season, Agho is averaging 17.2 points per game, 3.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and has a team-high nine steals. The 6-3 guard is shooting 52.3 percent from the field and 68.8 percent from three-point range, which is the best percentage in the nation so far this season.
COLUMBIA SECOND IN THE NATION FROM LONG RANGE
Over the first six games of the season, Columbia ranks second in the country in three-point field goal percentage as a team. The Lions are shooting 48.7 percent from beyond the arc so far this season, just behind Nebraska, which has made 50 percent of its attempts from three-point range after its first six games.
LIONS ON TV FOR THIRD TIME DURING EARLY SEASON
This will be the third time in Columbia’s first seven games that the Lions will be on TV as the Stony Brook game will be shown live on MSG+ throughout the New York metropolitan area. Columbia’s games against DePaul and Syracuse last month were shown on SNY.