NEW YORK – On a rainy day in Manhattan, it was raining threes in Levien Gymnasium. Columbia established a new single-game record with 18 made trifectas in a 104-78 win over Central Penn on Saturday. The Lions finish non-conference play with an 11-6 mark and improve to 8-1 on the season at home.
Columbia went 18-of-44 from beyond the arc, breaking the old record of 16 makes, set against Brown on Feb. 12, 2012, and was two away from the Ivy League benchmark of 20 held by Princeton.
Sophomore Maodo Lo led the charge with 23 points, going 7-of-11 from downtown for the second straight game. Grant Mullins scored 20 points and dished out six assists to make it the third consecutive contest Columbia has had a pair of 20-point performances.
Turnovers plagued Columbia in the opening moments, but Alex Rosenberg scored the first eight points of the game to help the Lions take an 8-5 early lead. With Rosenberg on the bench, Lo took over, scoring the next 12 points (all on triples) for Columbia to extend the margin to 20-11 at the 12:29 mark.
Despite the hot shooting of the Lions, the Knights (8-7) used a 5-0 spurt to pull within two with 11:12 remaining in the half. However, Rosenberg, who chipped in 19 points to mark his 12th straight double-figure effort, stemmed the tide with an open trey. Later, Columbia ended the stanza on an 11-2 run to take a 56-38 lead into the locker room.
Central Penn stayed in the contest until the Lions netted 14 unanswered to balloon their lead to 83-55 with 9:04 on the clock and never looked back.
Devon Dorsey led the Knights with 21 points and eight rebounds.
The Lions will begin the “14-Game Tournament” against Cornell next Saturday, Jan. 18, at 7 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.