• Columbia will play its second consecutive home game after starting the season with seven-straight on the road.
• The Lions dropped a heartbreaker to Quinnipiac, 89-87, Monday. The Bobcats drilled 17 3-pointers and Ryan Kelly's layup with four seconds remaining gave his squad the victory.
• Six players scored in double-figures for Columbia Monday and the Lions' shot a season-high 55.4 percent from the floor, but Quinnipiac went 17-of-34 from beyond the arc.
• Stony Brook is coming off a 75-71 loss at LIU Brooklyn Monday night, snapping a mini two-game winning streak.
• Columbia is 7-12 against Stony Brook all-time. The Lions took the last meeting against the Seawolves, 73-66, to open up the 2016-17 campaign to give Jim Engles his first victory at Columbia.
SCOUTING STONY BROOK
The Seawolves have a balanced scoring attack, led by Akwasi Yeboah (11.8 PPG, 46.7 percent 3FG) and Tyrell Sturdivant (10.7 PPG, 4.4 RPG). Stony Brook dishes out 16.8 assists per game and defensively, averages 8.0 steals per contest.
COLUMBIA VS. THE AMERICA EAST
The Lions are 16-20 against teams currently in the America East Conference. Columbia’s most common foe is Stony Brook who they will meet for the 20th time. The Lions fell to UAlbany, 86-82, Saturday and will also take on Maine to close out 2017 on Dec. 30.
Columbia spent much of the second half against Quinnipiac feeding its two primary post players, Patrick Tapé and Jaron Faulds, who each scored 12 points. For the game, the Lions' outscored the Bobcats, 48-26, in the paint.
Columbia's last four losses have come by an average of just 4.0 points. The Lions battled back from 22-points down to come within three against Colgate, took UConn to overtime and was tied with UAlbany with under a minute left before a four-point decision, all on the road.
Lukas Meisner has had a breakout junior campaign, averaging 12.9 points on 53.9-percent shooting from the field and a 46.2 clip from 3-point range. Meisner set career-highs in scoring in three-straight from Nov. 17-29, including a 25-point, 11-rebound effort at UConn. The Braunschweig, Germany, product leads the Ancient Eight in rebounding (8.0) and his two double-doubles are tied for the most in the conference. At Longwood, Meisner posted 16 rebounds, which was the most for a Lion since Mark Cisco '13CC pulled down 20 rebounds against Cornell on Jan. 21, 2012.
The Lions lead the Ivy League in 3-point makes (10.3) and 3-point field goal percentage (.366). The Lions' made trifectas per game also put them in the 32nd nationally. Columbia has knocked down nine or more treys in each of the last five games. Earlier this season, the Lions tied a school record with 16 made 3-pointers in their win over Longwood on Nov. 14. Columbia previously accomplished the feat against Brown (Feb. 10, 2012) and Kean (Nov. 13, 2015).
After a summer training with NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler, sophomore point guard Mike Smith has started off 2017-18 strong, averaging 18.0 points - good for fourth in the Ivy League - and leads the Ancient Eight in assists (4.1). The Burr Ridge, Illinois, native is coming off a career-high 27-point performance at UAlbany. Smith scored 368 points, a Columbia record for a first-year in 2016-17.
Columbia has had five or more players score in double-figures twice this season. The Lions had six
In his first career start at Longwood, Quinton Adlesh dropped a career-high 23 points, going 9-of-14 from the floor and 5-of-9 from 3-point range. Adlesh is converting on 43.5 percent of his tries from downtown and burying 2.5 per contest, both ranking in the top-five in the Ivy League.