NEW YORK - Columbia tied a program record with 16 three-pointers and led by double figures nearly the whole way in an 86-60 victory over Brown at Levien Gymnasium on Friday night.
Chris Crockett scored a career-best 18 points on six three-pointers. Meiko Lyles made five treys and finished with 17 points. Brian Barbour added 16 points and a career-high nine assists with no turnovers and Mark Cisco finished with 10 points and five boards.
Brown began the game playing a zone defense and Columbia was able to shoot over the zone on its way to a 36-13 lead over the first 15 minutes of the game. At one point, the Lions made six straight shots from behind the arc, three by Lyles, to take a 23-5 lead with 11:49 to play.
Columbia led 47-24 at the half on a nifty driving layup by Barbour, who finished a brilliant first half with eight points, eight assists and zero turnovers.
Lyles was equally brilliant during the first half, scoring 15 of his 17 points in the first 20 minutes, all coming from long range.
Columbia didn't let up during the second half and opened up a 33-point lead, its largest of the game, when Alex Rosenberg sank a three ball to make it 79-46 with 7:43 to play.
Although Columbia nailed 16 three-pointers, Brown also was hot from the outside, making 10 of its 19 three-point attempts. Matt Sullivan led the Bears with 17 points and Jean Harris scored 14.
"There was alot of ball movement and our shots went in," Chris Crockett said after the game. "We were into it on defense and that helped early."
Columbia ultimately shot 54.2 percent from the field and 55.2 percent (16 of 29) from the three. The Lions finished with 24 assists against just six turnovers.
"We played really well," head coach Kyle Smith said. "When that happens, it's fun for a coach."
Columbia is back in action tomorrow, Saturday, February 11 vs. Yale at Levien Gymnasium in a game presented by Allstate. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Columbia's 16 three-pointers tied a program record set twice, most recently against Swarthmore earlier this season ... the 16 treys are a record against a Division I opponent ... Columbia dished out assists on each of its first 16 field goals ... the 26-point margin of victory is Columbia's largest against an Ivy League opponent since a 78-42 win at Dartmouth on January 30, 2004 ... Columbia's previous six Ivy League games had been decided by five points or fewer ... the Lions outrebounded their opponent for the sixth straight game ... John Daniels grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds ... it was his fourth game with double-digit rebounds this season ... every Columbian who dressed played in the game ... Van Green scored five points and had a blocked shot for the third straight contest ... Brown shot 38.7 percent from the field but made 52.6 of its three-pointers ... it was the first game of Columbia men's basketball's alumni weekend with several alumni in attendance.