Brown's McGonagill Helps Bears Outscore Lions 94-78 in Men's Basketball
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Brown made 14 three-pointers and the Bears' Sean McGonagill burned Columbia again in his home gym, scoring 28 points in a 94-78 victory over the Lions at the Pizzitola Center on Saturday night.
In his final home game, Brown senior Jean Harris, the lone senior on his team, buried a three-pointer to start the game. That triple sparked the Bears to 10 first-half three-pointers, lifting Brown to a 43-26 halftime lead.
Dockery Walker, who hadn't attempted a three-pointer all season, canned a three with time expiring in the first half to provide the Bears with a 17-point halftime lead. Brown hit 10 of 15 threes during the first 20 minutes.
Columbia cut into the Brown lead to start the second half, cutting the lead to 11 points on an Alex Rosenberg three and again on two Brian Barbour free throws. Each time, the Lions got within 11 though, McGonagill answered.
McGonagill's three-pointer gave Brown a 63-49 advantage with 10:51 to play and the Bears' lead never dipped below 12 points after that.
Barbour finished with his first career double-double with 18 points and 10 assists. He is the first Columbia player to record double-digit assists in a game since Maurice Murphy had 14 against Lafayette on January 3, 2004.
McGonagill finished with 28 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. He led six Bears in double figures.
"[McGonagill] made some tough shots," head coach Kyle Smith said after the game. "He obviously was really comfortable.
"We still need to get better," Smith added. "We have two games at home that we need to make matter."
Columbia returns to action on Friday, March 2 against Harvard in a 7 p.m. game at Levien Gymnasium. Harvard lost to Penn 55-54 on Saturday night and is now in a virtual tie with the Quakers for first place in the Ivy League. The Crimson have a 10-2 league record and Penn is 9-2 with three regular season games left to play.
Four Lions scored in double figures ... Mark Cisco finished with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting, six rebounds and a blocked shot ... Alex Rosenberg added 13 points and five boards and Meiko Lyles scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting ... Barbour's 123 assists this season have him tied for eighth all-time at Columbia in a single season with Alton Byrd '79 ... Barbour currently ranks 13th on Columbia's all-time assists list with 227 ... Barbour (857 career points) passed former teammate Niko Scott '10 for 30th place on Columbia's all-time scoring list ... Cisco's blocked shot moved him into a tie for eighth place in career blocked shots with Steve Marusich '94 ... ten different players scored for Columbia ... rookie Samer Ozeir scored his first collegiate points, including a three ball in the second half ... Ozeir also blocked a shot ... Columbia shot 51.5 percent in the second half and 45.9 percent for the game ... Brown countered with 57.7 percent shooting and 63.6 from beyond the arc ... no opponent had scored more than 80 points against Columbia this season ... the Lions committed just seven turnovers and two in the second half ... the game was Columbia's final road game of the season.