• Columbia tied a program record with 16 3-pointers made en route to an 87-77 victory at Longwood Tuesday night.
• Quinton Adlesh posted a career-high 23 points, Mike Smith added 22 while Lukas Meisner grabbed 16 boards to go with 12 points against the Lancers
• Penn State improved to 3-0 after a 70-57 win over Montana Wednesday evening. Sophomore Lamar Stevens had 25 points, seven
• Columbia and Penn State are meeting for the first time since the 1993 season and ninth time overall. The all-time series is tied at 4-4.
• The Lions are in the midst of a seven-game road swing to start the 2017-18 campaign.
PENN STATE'S STATUS
The Nittany Lions wrap up a four-game homestand Friday night when they welcome Columbia to the Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State has won its games by an average of 16 points. Tony Carr is averaging a team-best 20.0 points to go with 5.3 assists and has knocked down 22-of-24 from the charity stripe. The Lions will have to watch out for the hands of Josh Reaves, who has compiled seven steals in three games.
COLUMBIA VS. THE BIG TEN
The Lions are 30-34 all-time against teams currently in the Big 10. Columbia’s most common opponent is Rutgers, who they hold a 26-21 record against, including their last win against a Big Ten foe, an 85-75 win on the road on Dec. 2, 1976. The Lions most recently played against the conference on Nov. 20, 2015, an 83-80 overtime defeat at Northwestern.
In his first career start, Quinton Adlesh dropped a career-high 23 points, going 9-of-14 from the floor and 5-of-9 from 3-point range at Longwood.
Lukas Meisner notched his second career double-double at Longwood, notching 12 points and 16 rebounds. The rebound total was the most for a Lion since Mark Cisco '13CC pulled down 20 rebounds against Cornell on Jan. 21, 2012. Meisner is the early Ivy League leader in rebounds, pulling down 8.5 per contest.
JAKE THE SNAKE
Sophomore Jake Killingsworth came off the bench in the second half and buried a trio of key 3-pointers in just eight minutes to help the Lions hang on to beat Longwood. His first shot brought Columbia's lead from two to five with 9:38 on the clock and his final treys extended the lead from four to seven.
Head coach Jim Engles had no problem showing off a talented class of first-years at Villanova Friday. Tai Bibbs, Jaron Faulds, Myles Hanson and Gabe Stefanini all played more than 10 minutes and found their way onto the scoresheet against the No. 6 team in the nation. Faulds registered seven points on 3-of-4 shooting. He and Hanson each logged 19 minutes of action off the bench.
After a summer training with NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler, sophomore point guard Mike Smith has started off 2017-18 strong, averaging 20.5 points through the first two games of the year - good for third in the Ivy League. Smith will look to build on a stellar rookie season where he scored 368 points, a Columbia record for a first-year. Smith started every game in 2016-17 and scored in double-figures in 19 of 27 games on his way to averaging 13.6 points per contest. He was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on January 16 and led all Ivy League freshmen, dishing out 3.5 assists per game.
AGENT “0” OUT AGAIN
After missing all of the 2016-17