|Score By Half|
|Points||Gabe Stefanini (17)||Miye Oni (17)|
|Rebounds||Lukas Meisner (10)||Blake Reynolds (7)
Miye Oni (7)
|Assists||Mike Smith (6)||Miye Oni (6)|
|Steals||Gabe Stefanini (2)||Alex Copeland (2)|
|Blocks||Patrick Tapé (1)
Kyle Castlin (1)
|Trey Phils (2)|
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale shot 52.5 percent from the floor, buried 14 3-pointers and had five players score in double-figures to come up with an 88-84 victory over the Columbia men’s basketball team Friday night. The Lions (6-14, 3-4), who were effective offensively shooting 52.3 percent overall and 11-of-22 from 3-point range, were led by a 17-point performance by Gabe Stefanini.
Stefanini was 3-for-3 from beyond the arc and 7-of-10 from the field. Lukas Meisner posted his third consecutive and Ivy League-leading fifth double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Miye Oni scored all 11 of his first-half points in the opening 7:10, helping the Bulldogs (10-13, 3-4) jump out to a 23-12 lead before Stefanini provided a spark off the bench. Trailing by nine, the first-year netted the next 10 points for the Lions and Nate Hickman capped a 12-2 run with a trey from the right wing to give Columbia its first lead of the game, 32-31, with 6:11 left in the first half.
Phil Treys and Azar Swain canned back-to-back triples to put Yale back in front by five, but the Lions rallied again and held a 47-45 advantage heading into intermission.
However, the Bulldogs stormed out of the locker room on a 12-2 run to regain control,
Stefanini and Kyle Castlin each knocked down 3-pointers from the opposite corners sandwiched between Yale going 1-of-2 from the foul line to cut the deficit to 78-75 with 2:53 left. After Oni knocked down a clutch trifecta, Meisner banked one home from the top of the key to make it a one-possession game again with 1:39 on the clock and Columbia pulled within 86-84 after the Bulldogs went 3-of-4 from the line and a pair of Mike Smith layups at the 14-second mark. Alex Copeland iced the game, sinking two free throws before forcing the Lions into two difficult shots as time expired.
Oni finished with 17 points, going 5-of-9 from downtown. He also added seven rebounds and six assists. Treys and Swain each had 14 points.
Yale went 12-of-15 (80 percent) from the foul line, compared to Columbia converting on just 5-of-12 (41.7 percent).
The Lions are back in action Saturday, February 10, at Brown for a 6 p.m. tilt. Fans can watch the contest on the Ivy League Network, now available on Apple TV, Roku and the ILN app for Android and Apple devices.
Tickets for upcoming home games are still available and can be purchased by visiting gocolumbialions.com/tickets or calling 888-LIONS-11.
- Columbia hit 11 3-pointers to bring its monthly total to (34) 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.
- Quinton Adlesh finished with 12 points, pushing his double-figure scoring streak to a team-high seven games.
- The Lions have dropped five consecutive games to the Bulldogs and fell to 125-109 in the all-time series.
- Columbia fell to 1-8 in games decided by six points or less.