The Lions finished their season opening road swing 2-1 after an 86-78 victory over Quinnipiac Monday night. Columbia shot 61.3 percent in the first half to take an 18-point lead into the locker room. However, the Bobcats showed a knack for gettting to the foul line in the second to keep things close.
ABOUT ARMY WEST POINT
• The Knights check in at 1-3, but one of those losses was at No. 5 Oregon and the other two defeats came by a combined eight points.
• Luke Morrison leads the team, averaging 10.0 points and is shooting 40 percent from downtown, coming off the bench in all four contests.
• Mac Hoffman is pulling down 6.5 rebounds per game to lead the squad.
Columbia leads the all-time series with Army West Point, 37-20, and have won two-straight dating back to 2013.
COLUMBIA VS. THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
Columbia has a rich history playing teams in the Patriot League. The Lions are 129-97 against teams currently in the conference. Columbia’s most common opponent is Army, who they have faced 57 times. Last season, the Lions went 2-0 against the Patriot League with wins over Lehigh and Bucknell.
HOME SWEET HOME
Columbia is 83-32 all-time in home openers and have won seven of its last eight debuts in Levien Gymnasium after dispatching Kean, 107-62, on Nov. 13, 2015.
Both of Columbia’s victories this season hold a little extra meaning. The Lions topped Quinnipiac for the first time in four tries on Nov. 21 and beacme the first non-conference opponent to beat Stony Brook at Island Federal Credit Union Arena in three seasons.
Junior Nate Hickman has emerged as the team’s leading scorer through three games, averaging 16.7 points while shooting 51.7 percent from the floor. Hickman is coming off a career-high 23 points at Quinnipiac.
Senior Jeff Coby made a strong return to the lineup at Quinnipiac after missing the first two games due to injury. Coby netted 12 points, five rebounds and tied a career-high with three blocked shots against the Bobcats.