|Score By Half|
|Points||Mike Smith (20)|
|Rebounds||Lukas Meisner (11)|
|Assists||Brendan Barry (6)||Mike Smith (3)|
Will Emery (1)
Will Emery (1)
|Patrick Tape (3)|
NEW YORK – Kyle Castlin’s block on a 3-point attempt with less than a second remaining sealed a thrilling 77-74 victory for the Columbia men’s basketball team over Dartmouth Saturday night. The Big Green (4-15, 0-6) rallied from a 15-point deficit to take a one-point lead with 4:05 on the clock before Castlin netted eight of his 16 points to help the Lions (6-13, 3-3) preserve the weekend sweep.
Mike Smith led Columbia with 20 points, converting on 7-of-9 attempts from the floor. Lukas Meisner posted his second consecutive double-double and fifth of the year with 16 points and 11 boards. Meisner sank his first seven shots of the night and finished 7-of-9, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc.
Despite Castlin’s late heroics, Dartmouth would not go away. Brendan Barry tied the score, 72-72, with a trey from the top of the key, but Smith answered with a step-back 3-pointer of his own from the right wing to put Columbia up for good with 1:06 remaining. A pair of free throws pulled the Big Green within one on their next trip down the floor. The Lions missed on two attempts, however, offensive rebounds by Quinton Adlesh and Patrick Tapé extended the possession and forced Dartmouth to foul after the shot clock was turned off.
Castlin sank both free throws in the 1-and-1 bonus with just under five seconds left to extend the cushion to three. The Lions fouled a Big Green player inside the arc before they could get off a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds to go. After
After several tie scores and lead changes, Quinton Adlesh buried four 3-pointers for 12 points before the break to help Columbia go ahead, 24-15 at the 8:27 mark. The Lions took a 12-point margin into the intermission on Castlin’s tip-in with 44 seconds left in the period.
Adlesh, who netted 18 on the night, opened the second-half scoring with a three to give the Lions a 42-27 lead, its largest of the evening before Dartmouth began to attack and generate opportunities from the charity stripe. Jackson posted seven points in a row for the Big Green, while Columbia went without a field goal for 6:26 until Castlin ended the drought after Dartmouth briefly took the lead.
The Lions outrebounded the Big Green, 36-29, for the game. Tapé tied career-highs with 10 rebounds and three blocks.
Jackson registered a game-high 24 points, hit 4-of-5 from 3 and added 14 rebounds. Miles Wright added 19 points.
The Lions will hit the road next weekend to take on Yale Friday, February 9, at 7 p.m. Fans can watch the contest on the Ivy League Network, now available on Apple TV, Roku and the ILN app for Android and Apple devices.
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- Columbia honored the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 Ivy League Championship squad at halftime. In attendance were Heyward Dotson ’70CC, John Garnevicus ’69CC, Bruce Metz ’69SEAS, current Columbia Chair of the University Board of Trustees Jonathan Schiller ’69CC, ’73LAW, Paul Spooner ’70CC, Roger Walaszek ’69CC, ’73LAW along with assistant coaches Mike Griffin ’65CC and Peter Salzberg ’64CC. Representing Jim McMillian ’70, who passed away in April 2016, will be his wife Alexis and children Aron and Emon.
- The Lions won a game decided by two or fewer possessions for the first time this season (1-7).
- This was Columbia’s first Ivy League weekend sweep since last season’s home Dartmouth-Harvard weekend (Jan. 27-28, 2017).
- The Lions had two players record double-figures in rebounds (Meisner and Tapé) for the first time since Jan. 9, 2016 against Central Penn (Jeff Coby – 13, CJ Davis 11). It was the first time it occurred against a DI opponent since Nov. 23, 2014, at Lehigh (Coby – 12, Isaac Cohen – 10).
- Columbia’s bench outscored Dartmouth, 20-3
- Columbia hit 12 3-pointers to bring its monthly total to 23 for 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.