Columbia
Columbia
71
77
Penn
Penn

Score By Half
Team 1 2 Total
Columbia 28 43 71
Penn 33 44 77
Stat Comparison
Category Columbia Penn
FGM-A 28-71 27-62
FG% 39.4% 43.5%
3 FGM-A 6-25 12-33
3 FG% 24.0% 36.4%
FTM-A 9-15 11-17
FT% 60.0% 64.7%
Rebounds 43 43
Assists 3 12
Turnovers 14 20
Blocks 2 3
Steals 11 7
Individual Leaders
Category Columbia Penn
Points Mike Smith (27) AJ Brodeur (30)
Rebounds

Lukas Meisner (9) AJ Brodeu (8)
Caleb Wood (8)
Assists Nate Hickman (2) Darnell Foreman (6)
Steals Four tied (2) AJ Brodeur (3)
Blocks

Patrick Tape (1)
Jaron Faulds (1)
AJ Brodeur (3)


PHILADELPHIA – A late rally turned a 12-point deficit into a two-point game with 49 seconds before Penn iced the game from the foul line to come away with a 77-72 victory over the Columbia men’s basketball team Saturday night. Mike Smith scored 23 of his 27 points after halftime to lead the charge for the Lions (3-12, 0-2).

The Quakers’ (12-5, 3-0) were led by AJ Brodeur’s career-high 30 points to go with eight rebounds. Brodeur came into the night with seven made 3-pointers on the season before draining 6-of-12 tries from downtown against Columbia.

With the score 51-39 with 10:18 Smith and Quinton Adlesh, who finished with 15 points, teamed up to go on a 9-0 run to pull the Lions within three. After Adlesh capped the run with a transition layup, Columbia got an initial stop before Jarod Simmons tipped a rebound to reigning Ivy League Player of the Week, Ryan Betley, who canned a triple to stop the bleeding.

The Lions were still within striking distance, down just 58-54 on the strength of free throws by Smith until an 8-2 outburst by Penn, highlighted by Brodeur’s final trifecta of the evening to make it a 10-point contest with 2:18 to play. However, Adlesh answered with a trey of his own, and after the Quakers converted on just 1-of-2 from the charity stripe, Smith was hacked after making a trey from the top of the key and drilled the foul shot to complete the four-point play, bringing Columbia within 67-63.

Penn, who started the game 0-for-5 from the free throw line, knocked down some clutch free throws to keep the Lions at bay, but Columbia’s full-court press forced three turnovers down the stretch and Smith finished in the lane to make it 71-69 at the 49-second mark. Max Rothschild buried two more foul shots on the ensuing possession and a turnover by the Lions cemented the Quakers’ win.

Betley added 20 points, going 4-of-7 from long range, and six rebounds.

The Lions and Quakers each pulled down 43 rebounds. Penn came into the night leading the Ivy League in rebounding margin (+1.8).

In the first half, Penn held a slim 12-10 cushion before six unanswered by Columbia, capped by a steal and layup by Gabe Stefanini before Brodeur responded with back-to-back buckets to knot the score with 8:37 on the clock. Stefanini 3 later put up a trey, with a hand in his face, from the right wing to give the Lions a 28-27 advantage before Brodeur stepped up with three consecutive 3-pointers to help Penn take a 33-28 lead into intermission.

The Lions will make their conference home debut next Saturday, January 20 against Cornell. Game time is set for 7 p.m. Tickets are still available. To purchase, visit gocolumbialions.com/tickets, call 888-LIONS-11.

Fans can also watch the contest on SNY and the Ivy League Network, now available on Apple TV, Roku and the ILN app for Android and Apple devices.

 POSTGAME TIP-INS
- All nine Columbia players that checked into the game scored.
- The Lions were just 6-of-25 (24 percent) from 3-point range and were held under 10 treys for the second consecutive night. Columbia had recorded 10 or more 3-pointers in 11 of 13 contests before the weekend.
- Mike Smith scored in double-figures for the 24th straight game against Division I opponents.
- Lukas Meisner posted a game-high with nine rebounds.