|Score By Half|
|Points||Rich Kelly (22)||Mike Smith (20)|
|Rebounds||Abdulai Bundu (8)||Lukas Meisner (9)|
|Assists||Rich Kelly (10)||Mike Smith (7)|
|Steals||Three tied (1)||Quinton Adlesh (4)|
|Blocks||Cameron Young (2)||Four tied (1)|
NEW YORK – Rich Kelly converted on a layup to give Quinnipiac the lead with four seconds remaining as the Bobcats picked up an 89-87 win over the Columbia men’s basketball team Monday night. Kelly, who scored all eight of Quinnipiac’s (3-6) points in the game’s final four minutes, led five Bobcats in double figures with a game-high 22 points on 6-of-10 3-point shooting. He also finished with a game-high 10 assists.
Both teams had stellar shooting nights. Quinnipiac converted on 17-of-34 (50 percent) of its 3-pointers, outrebounded Columbia 37-27 and shot 50 percent (32-63) from the floor. The Lions posted a season-best 55.4 percent field goal percentage, outscored the Bobcats 48-26 in the paint and assisted on 23 of their 36 baskets. The squads exchanged the lead 24 times and the score was knotted on 10 occasions.
Six Columbia reached double figures in scoring led by Mike Smith, who finished with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting to go with a career-high seven assists. Quinton Adlesh scored 16 points (4-of-7 3FG) with five assists. Nate Hickman added 14 points, Lukas Meisner scored 13 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out six assists and Patrick Tapé and Jaron Faulds scored 12 points apiece.
Columbia led by four on a Hickman trey with 4:08 left, but Kelly cut the deficit to 85-84 on a triple at the 3:50 mark. Hickman followed with a jumper for an 87-84 Columbia lead with 3:19 to play, but that was
The Lions were opportunistic on defense to start the game, registering four of their season-high11 steals in the opening five minutes to take a 14-5 lead after a Hickman layup with 15:27 left in the first half. However, Quinnipiac could not miss from long-range to stay in the ballgame. The Bobcats and Adlesh traded trifectas on four consecutive possessions to keep the Lions up, 30-29, at the 7:34 mark to start a three-minute stretch where the lead changed hands 10 times.
Meisner found Smith for a 3-pointer to extend the mark to 44-38, but Quinnipiac answered with an 8-2 spurt to knot things up after a pair of free throws by Jacob Ragoni with 46 seconds left. Adlesh closed the first-half scoring with a tip-in to give Columbia a 48-46 edge at the break.
Tapé and Faulds were fed the ball just about every trip down the floor early in the second half and the twin towers teamed up for 16 of the Lions first 24 points of the half. However, the Bobcats continued to knock down their shots and the game remained nip-and-tuck.
Adlesh and Hickman 3-pointers gave the Lions an 85-81 advantage with 4:08 remaining before going 1-for-6 in the final minutes, the only cold shooting stretch of the game for either team.
The Lions will continue their homestand Thursday, December 7 against Stony Brook at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting gocolumbialions.com/tickets or calling 888-LIONS-11.
- Columbia fell to 1-4 all-time against Quinnipiac.
- The Lions dropped to 83-34 in home openers and have now lost two-straight.
- Mike Smith recorded 10 or more points in a game for the 18th consecutive contests.
- Tapé’s 12 points were a season-high.
- Columbia’s last four losses have come by an average of 4.0 points.