The Lions used an 8-1 run over the final 1:40 to hold off Stony Brook Friday night. Columbia led by as many as 13 points, but the Seawolves rallied to tie the game, but Quinton Adlesh’s 3-pointer kick-started the rally and put the Lions up for good.
ABOUT SAINT JOSEPH’S
• Shavar Newkirk (28 points, seven rebounds) and Lamarr Kimble (16 points) teamed up to lead Saint Joseph’s to a 77-76 win over Toledo Saturday.
• The game saw 25 lead changes in the second half alone. The Hawks largest lead was only three points.
• James Demery (8.1 PPG) is the squad’s top returning scorer from the 2015-16 A10 Championship squad.
Monday will mark just the second meeting all-time between Columbia and Saint Joseph’s. The Hawks claimed a slim, 80-78, victory in Levien Gym last December.
COLUMBIA VS. THE ATLANTIC 10
The Lions hold a 33-67 record against teams currently in the Atlantic 10. Columbia’s most common A10 foe is Fordham, who they are 28-50 against. The Lions last victory from an A10 opponent came against the Rams (65-62) in 2008 when Fordham was a member of the Patriot League. Prior to that, Columbia came away with a 52-40 win over UMass on Dec. 29, 1984.
SMITH SHINES IN DEBUT
First-year point guard Mike Smith played a key role in Columbia’s opening night win, netting 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting after earning the starting nod. The Burr Ridge, Illinois, native drilled a key 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down and drew a charge on the ensuing possesion to help seal the Lions’ victory.
Senior forward Luke Petrasek started the season strong with a game-high 20 points to go with five rebounds and two blocks at Stony Brook Friday. Petrasek is the team’s leading returning scorer after posting 10.2 points on 44.2-percent shooting from downtown. Petrasek recorded 16 points and eight rebounds in the CIT Championship Game against UC Irvine and hit a game-winning trey at Manhattan last season.
A NIGHT OF FIRSTS
In addition to Smith making his collegiate debut against the Seawolves, fellow rookie guard Jake Killingsworth and junior Nate Hickman made their first career starts. Additionally, sophomore Rodney Hunter saw his first action for Columbia and netted six points on 3-of-3 shooting.
LET’S GET IT STARTED
Columbia improved to 78-38 all-time in season openers after posting a 73-66 victory at Stony Brook on Nov. 11.
Head coach Jim Engles became the first Lions coach to win his Columbia debut since Armond Hill in 1995. No stranger to Morningside Heights, Engles enters his first year on the Columbia sidelines after a successful eight-year stint with NJIT. Engles spent five years as an assistant coach under Joe Jones from 2003-08.
COACHING STAFF IVY LEAGUE “EDUCATED”
Assistant coaches Jesse Agel and Jean Bain are also familiar with the Ivy League. Agel served as the head coach at Brown from 2008-12, while Bain is coming off a four-year stint as the associate head coach at Dartmouth.