NEW YORK – The Columbia men’s basketball team continued to roll at Levien Gymnasium, earning an 81-61 victory over St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday in a game they led wire-to-wire. The Lions (9-6) improved to 7-1 on their home floor and have won each contest by double-figures.
Sophomore Maodo Lo led the way with 22 points, on a scorching 8-of-12 shooting night, and grabbed eight rebounds. Junior Alex Rosenberg reached the 20-point plateau for the second straight game and finished with 21. Sophomore Isaac Cohen pulled down a career-best 14 boards and added seven points and five assists.
Columbia raced out to a 15-2 run, keyed by a trio of 3-pointers, just 4:43 into the game. The Lions continued to stroke it well from downtown throughout the early stages and back-to-back triples by Rosenberg and Meiko Lyles extended the advantage to 27-9 at the midway point of the half.
On the strength of 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) shooting from 3-point range, Columbia took a 50-33 advantage into the locker room, which was the highest single-half output of the season for the squad.
The Lions picked up right where they left off in the second half, going on a 9-0 spurt to push the advantage to 26 with 16:20 left in regulation. The Terriers (9-6) responded with nine in a row as they tried to get back into into the game, 59-42, at the 14:10 mark.
After trading baskets over the next several minutes, St. Francis trimmed the margin to 68-55 with 6:00 to go, but Rosenberg answered with five straight points and Columbia never looked back.
The Lions defense held the Terriers to 31.3 percent shooting from the field and 3-for-16 from beyond the arc. Columbia posted two 20-point scorers for the first time since Jan. 15, 2011 against Cornell when Noruwa Agho ‘12CC (25) Brian Barbour ‘13CC (21) accomplished the feat.
Jalen Cannon and Ben Mockford each scored 15 points to lead St. Francis.
The Lions continue its four-game homestand on Wednesday, Jan. 8 against Stony Brook at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by clicking here. For fans who cannot make it to Levien Gymnasium, catch all the action on the Ivy League Digital Network.