|Score By Half|
|Points||Seth Towns (31)||Quinton Adlesh (20)|
|Rebounds||Justin Bassey (6)||Lukas Meisner (10)|
|Assists||Justin Bassey (5)||Mike Smith (5)|
|Steals||Seth Towns (2)||Quinton Adlesh (3)|
|Blocks||Chris Lewis (1)||Patrick Tape
Quinton Aslesh (1)
NEW YORK – Columbia used a 14-0 run to come-from-behind and hand Harvard its first Ivy League loss of the season, 83-76, Friday evening at Levien Gymnasium. The Lions (5-13, 2-3) had five players score in double-figures, led by 20 points from Quinton Adlesh.
Adlesh was 5-of-7 from downtown, 7-of-11 from the floor and added a game-high three steals. Lukas Meisner registered his third double-double of the year with a 16-point, 10-rebound performance.
Trailing for the entire first half and then by eight (46-38) early in the second half, before the Lions drilled nine shots in a row over a five-minute span during its big rally. Columbia began its comeback with a Tapé layup, two Smith free throws
Harvard cut the lead to 69-67 when Corey Johnson nailed a 3-pointer, but Smith answered with a tough finish in the lane with 5:20 to play. Later, Patrick Tapé’s slam with 2:57 left gave Columbia a commanding 75-67 advantage with 2:57 to play. An Adlesh steal and timeout led to Tapé sneaking behind the Crimson’s full-court press for a flush from a full-court pass from
In the second half, Columbia outscored Harvard 48-35, converted 60 percent of its field goal attempts (15-of-25) and 91.7 percent of free throw attempts (11-of-12). The two teams combined for 27 3-pointers and 63 attempts. Columbia shot 54 percent (27-of-50) from the floor
After hitting 10 3-pointers and riding an 18-point first half performance by Seth Towns, Harvard held a 41-35 halftime lead. From the opening tipoff, the Crimson jumped out to an 8-0 advantage and built a 19-6 lead after converting four trifectas just four minutes into the game. But the Lions answered with a 10-0 run, which trimmed the deficit down to four points at 28-24. The run was fueled by senior Kyle Castlin, who came off the bench to score eight points in the rally. Castlin, who finished the first half with 12 points and 16 for the game, hit all four of his shots in nine minutes, including two treys.
Tapé chipped in 10 points, knocking down 5-of-6 of his attempts to go with seven boards.
Towns, who was 6-of-9 from 3-point range, had a career-high 31 points to lead all scorers. Johnson added 15 points, coming on five makes from beyond the arc.
The Lions are back in action tomorrow, February 3, against Dartmouth. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. At halftime, Columbia is honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Men’s Basketball Ivy League Championship team. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting gocolumbialions.com/tickets or calling 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.
- The Lions have won the last three meetings against the Crimson in Levien Gym since 2016 and are 4-1 against Harvard in the past two-plus seasons.
- Columbia had five players score in double-figures for the fourth time this season and second time in three games.
- The Lions outscored the Crimson, 29-16, in the paint.
- Gabe Stefanini made his first start of the season, replacing Mike Smith (coach’s decision) in the lineup, who had started the previous 44 games of his career.
- Columbia won for the first time this season after trailing at the half. The Lions are 1-8 on the year.
- Columbia hit 11 3-pointers to begin the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge. Fans can pledge a dollar amount for every triple Columbia makes in February or make a one-time donation. All funds will the American Cancer Society. To donate, click here.