Career-High 31 Points by Agho Helps Lift Lions over Brown in Season Finale, 91-74
NEW YORK -- Noruwa Agho went off for a career-high 31 points and the Lions shot 50 percent from the field in a 91-74 victory over Brown on Senior Night at Levien Gymnasium.
After Columbia rallied a number of times in the second half and in the first overtime the previous night against Yale, a comeback of that magnitude was not needed against Brown.
The Lions were white-hot from the field in the first half with Agho setting the tone. The Columbia junior, who finishes the regular season as the Ivy League's leading scorer, scored 24 points in the first half on 10 of 11 made from the field. The Lions led Brown 51-31 at halftime with Agho nailing a three-pointer with six seconds left to finish his unbelievable half that had Levien Gym buzzing.
Columbia cruised from there, leading by as many as 25 points during the second half. Brown would close the deficit to 16 points at the 9:25 mark on a three-pointer by Andrew McCarthy, who scored 21 points, but that was as close as Brown would get until the final two minutes.
Agho led all scorers with 31 points on 12-of-18 shooting. He also grabbed seven rebounds. Meiko Lyles also notched a career high 16 points and had eight rebounds. Brian Barbour had a fantastic all-around performance with 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and no turnovers.
McCarthy and Peter Sullivan led Brown with 21 apiece. The Bears also got 14 points and nine assists from Sean McGonagill, who scored a career-high 39 points in the previous matchup between the two teams.
Columbia finishes the regular season at 15-13 and 6-8 in the Ivy League. It is Columbia's best record since the Lions went 16-12 in 2006-07 and it is the program's third winning season in 28 years.
Columbia finished the season with a 10-4 record at Levien Gymnasium ... that ties the best record at home in a season ... the Lions also went 10-4 during the 2006-07 season ... Noruwa Agho has scored 30 or more points three times in his career ... he finished six points shy of the Levien Gym record of 37 points, set by C.J. Thompkins and Buck Jenkins during the 1990s ... Agho's 470 points this season were the most since Craig Austin scored 496 during the 2000-01 campaign ... Agho's 119 assists were the most by a Columbian in a single season since Mike Jelinsky's 145 in the 1990-91 season ... Brian Barbour set a Columbia single-season record for free throw percentage at 91.7 percent (minimum two made per game) ... Barbour's 42 steals were the most since Gary Raimdondo totaled 64 steals in 1998-99 ... senior center Zack Crimmins made his first start of the season on Senior Night alongside classmate Asenso Ampim ... all four seniors -- Ampim, Crimmins, Max Craig and Brian Grimes -- saw action and scored in the game ... Ampim finished with nine points and nine rebounds, just shy of his second straight double-double ... Steve Frankoski made two three-pointers off the bench for Columbia ... the Lions outrebounded the Bears 50-36 ... under first-year head coach Kyle Smith, Columbia improved its win total from 11 to 15 from a year ago and won one more Ivy League game.