• Columbia wraps up a three-game homestand Sunday afternoon against Navy and will round out the fall semester at Boston College Tuesday before an 18-day layoff due to final exams and the holidays.
• After a strong first half, Columbia went cold offensively in the second half as Stony Brook erased a 10-point halftime deficit and came away with a 76-66 victory Thursday evening.
• Columbia rejected 10 shots and recorded double-figure steals for the second consecutive game against the Seawolves.
• Navy extended its winning streak to four after a 70-53 dispatching of Coppin State on the road Wednesday.
• Columbia is 18-17 all-time against the Midshipmen. Last season, Navy claimed a 69-54 victory over the Lions in Annapolis.
The Midshipmen are a strong defensive squad, allowing just 67.1 points per game and have ranked No. 25 in the NCAA the past two seasons in scoring defense. Bryce Dulin and Shawn Anderson pace the offense, averaging 12.5 and 12.4 points, respectively. Hasan Abdullah is 13th in the country in steals per game (2.6).
COLUMBIA VS. THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
Columbia has a rich history playing teams in the Patriot League. The Lions are 130-101 against teams currently in the conference. Columbia’s most common opponent is Army, who they have faced 59 times. The Lions are 0-2 against Patriot League foes, falling to Army and Colgate in November.
Columbia posted a season-best 10 blocks against Stony Brook Thursday night, which was the most for the program since Nov. 13, 2015, against Kean (10). It was the most against a Division I opponent since the Lions recorded 10 against Brown on Feb. 15, 2002. Jaron Faulds led the parade with four rejections. Patrick Tapé added three Rodney Hunter had two and Mike Smith recorded the first block of his career. Faulds is currently ranked second in the Ivy League in blocks, averaging 1.3 per contest.
The Lions have also been more active in creating turnovers in the past two games, registering 11 against Quinnipiac and 10 against Stony Brook. Mike Smith and Quinton Adlesh have combined for 14 of the 22 steals. Smith now leads the Ancient Eight, averaging 1.7 per game.
Columbia spent much of the second half against Quinnipiac feeding its two primary post players, Patrick Tapé and Jaron Faulds, who each scored 12 points. For the game, the Lions' outscored the Bobcats, 48-26, in the paint.
After a summer training with NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler, sophomore point guard Mike Smith has started off 2017-18 strong, averaging 18.0 points - good for fourth in the Ivy League - and leads the Ancient Eight in assists (4.6) and steals (1.8). Smith filled the stat-sheet against Stony Brook on Dec. 7, registering 18 points to go with career-highs of eight assists and five steals. The Burr Ridge, Illinois, native compiled a career-high 27 points at UAlbany. Smith scored 368 points, a Columbia record for a first-year in 2016-17.
Columbia's four of its last five losses have come by four points or less. The Lions battled back from 22-points down to come within three against Colgate, took UConn to overtime and was tied with UAlbany with under a minute left before a four-point decision, all on the road.
Lukas Meisner is having breakout junior campaign, averaging 13.1 points on 56.4-percent shooting from the field and a 48.8 clip from 3-point range. Meisner set career-highs in scoring in three-straight from Nov. 17-29, including a 25-point, 11-rebound effort at UConn. The Braunschweig, Germany, product leads the Ancient Eight in rebounding (7.3) and his two double-doubles are tied for the most in the conference. At Longwood, Meisner posted 16 rebounds, which was the most for a Lion since Mark Cisco '13CC pulled down 20 rebounds against Cornell on Jan. 21, 2012.
The Lions lead the Ivy League in 3-point makes (10.3) and are second in 3-point field goal percentage (.371). The Lions' made trifectas per game also put them in the 26th nationally. Columbia has knocked down nine or more treys in each of the last six games. Earlier this season, the Lions tied a school record with 16 made 3-pointers in their win over Longwood on Nov. 14. Columbia previously accomplished the feat against Brown (Feb. 10, 2012) and Kean (Nov. 13, 2015).
Columbia has had five or more players score in double-figures twice this season. The Lions had six