NEW YORK - Maodo Lo scored a career-high 29 points, including 21 points in the second half, to lead Columbia to a thrilling 68-63 victory over Stony Brook in Levien Gymnasium.
In a game that had 15 ties and lead changes, it was a barrage of three-pointers by Columbia (10-6) that gave the Lions the edge in the second period. Columbia hit nine threes in the second half, and did not score a two-point basket until 3:41 left in the final stanza.
Junior Alex Rosenberg scored 16 points to carry the first half load for Columbia and finished with a personal-best 24, for his third straight 20-point performance, while adding eight rebounds.
Trailing by one at the intermission, the Seawolves (9-6) scored the first five points to take a 32-28 lead just 1:01 into the frame. Triples by Rosenberg and Lo, who canned seven on the night, helped the Lions leap-frog SBU again at the 16:57 mark.
The teams continued to battle back-and-forth and the score was deadlocked once again until a pair of Grant Mullins free throws put Columbia in front, 48-46, at the 11:49 mark but the Seawolves would not go away quietly.
After both teams went scoreless for a three-minute stretch, Eric McAllister evened things up for the final time with a leaner in the lane with 5:31 to go. Cory Osetkowski broke the tie with a free throw and provided the first bucket from inside the arc a few moments later to push the margin to 60-56 at the 3:41 mark.
With the Lions still up four with under two minutes remaining, the defense dug deep. Stony Brook missed six consecutive shots with the game still on the line and Columbia went 6-for-6 from the charity stripe to come away with the win.
In the first half, both teams struggled to score out of the gates but each team warmed up as the period progressed. The Lions were able to get some separation after a 10-3 run gave Columbia a 26-19 cushion with 3:15 before the break. However, the Seawwolves answered with an 8-2 spurt of their own to cut the deficit to 28-27 at the half.
The Lions held a 35-25 advantage on the boards and drilled 12-of-30 (40 percent) from 3-point range.
The Seawolves were led by Warney, who scored 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field.
The Lions will have one more tune-up before Ivy League play commences next weekend when they host Central Pennsylvania on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 4 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.