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The Lions erased a 12-point second half deficit, but could not hold on as a hot-shooting Hofstra team took an 88-86 victory Wednesday night. Luke Petrasek, who netted a career-high 27 points, drilled a 3-pointer with 1:57 to go to give Columbia the lead, 86-85, but the Pride knocked down a pair from the free throw line on the ensuing possession and did not allow another Lions’ bucket to preserve the win.

• The Pirates went 1-2 at the Advocare Invitational in Orlando last week, topping Quinnipiac between losses to Florida and Stanford.
• Khadeen Carrington is averaging 21.7 points per game on the strength of 55.6 percent shooting from downtown to lead four players averaging double-figures.
• Angel Delgado is averaging a double-double, posting 11.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per contest.

Columbia leads the all-time series with Seton Hall, 11-8, but the Pirates have won six of the last seven meetings dating back to 1983. The teams have not squared off since a 71-50 Seton Hall victory on Nov. 16, 2008 at Prudential Center.

Columbia is 27-44 against teams currently in the BIG EAST. The Lions knocked off Villanova on the road, 75-57, on Nov. 20, 2012, marking the program’s first win over a member of the BIG EAST since the 1985-86 season. St. John’s is Columbia’s most common foe within the league, having met 25 previous times.

Junior Nate Hickman has emerged as the Ivy League’s second leading scorer through five games, averaging 19.0points while shooting 50.7 percent from the floor and 46.7 percent from downtown. He has scored 20 or more points in three of his last four games, including a career-best 30-point effort against Army West Point (Nov. 23), and drilled the game-winning 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left in overtime against Colgate (Nov. 26). Hickman, the Ivy League Player of the Week (Nov. 28), became the first Lion other than Maodo Lo or Alex Rosenberg to record 30 points since 2011 when Noruwa Agho netted 31 against Brown.

Senior forward Luke Petrasek is off to a fine start as well, averaging 15.2 points and 7.8 rebounds. Petrasek is coming off a career-high 27-point effort against Hofstra. His two double-doubles put him tied for the Ivy League lead. Petrasek is the team’s leading returning scorer after posting 10.2 points on 44.2-percent shooting from downtown in 2015-16.

Sophomore Lukas Meisner quietly put together three solid performances during Columbia’s home stand, averaging 9.7 points (11-of-15 shooting) and 6.7 rebounds.