|Score By Half|
|Points||Quinton Adlesh (23)||Isaiah Walton (32)|
|Rebounds||Lukas Meisner (16)||B.K. Ashe (10)|
|Assists||Quinton Adlesh (4)||B.K. Ashe (6)|
|Steals||Three tied with 1||Isaiah Walton (3)|
|Blocks||Lukas Meisner (1)||N/A|
FARMVILLE, Va. - The Columbia men’s basketball team tied a team record with 16-made 3-pointers to land an 87-77 victory at Longwood to even its record to 1-1 on the young season. Junior Quinton Adlesh led the attack with a career-high 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the floor to go with five treys.
Mike Smith posted 22 points and drained three key free throws down the stretch to help preserve the win. Lukas Meisner added 12 points and a career-best 16 rebounds, the most for a Columbia player since Mark Cisco ’13CC hauled down 20 against Cornell on January 21, 2012.
The Lions built an 11-point halftime lead, thanks in part to nine of their triples and a 21-14 edge on the glass. The Lancers (0-2) shot a blistering 51.9 percent in an exciting up-tempo second period, but the Columbia offense did not stall either, converting on a 48.3 percent clip and hitting big shots when Longwood drew near.
Columbia started out the game red-hot, drilling 4-of-5 from downtown to start the game. Senior Nate Hickman’s second triple of the night gave the Lions a 12-4 lead with 16:53 to go. However, the Lions missed their next six shots, all from 3-point range, and Lancers (0-2) pulled within one on two occasions.
Despite not recording a field goal for the next 6:05, Columbia remained in front and Gabe Stefanini ended the drought with 10:48 left in the half to give the Lions a 17-14 advantage. Longwood rallied to take the lead twice, but Adlesh answered with a pair of treys to restore order.
Jaron Faulds sparked a mini-run with a dunk and put-back to make it 29-23 at the 5:55 mark and Columbia netted the final eight points of the period to take a 46-35 lead into the locker room.
Longwood turned the tables on the Lion after the break, knocking down six of its first seven shots in the period to pull within 55-51 at the 14:54 mark. The teams traded buckets over the next few minutes and the Lancers closed within two, but just like the first half, the Lions had the answer. Smith buried a straightaway three after Longwood comeback bid and Adlesh converted a layup with 10:36 remaining to make it 67-63.
With the Lancers still hanging around, Jake Killingsworth knocked down the first of his three 3-pointers from the left corner to push the margin to 71-66 less than a minute later.
Longwood only registered one field goal over the next eight-plus minutes but stayed within two possessions during most of that span by getting to the foul line. With Columbia up by four, Meisner buried a triple and the Lions held the Lancers to just one more bucket the rest of the way.
Isaiah Walton finished with a game-high 32 points for Longwood. B.K. Ashe added 17 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
Columbia outrebounded the Lancers, 41-29, for the game.
The Lions continue their road swing at Penn State this Friday, November 17 at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed live on BTN Plus and the BTN2Go app. A free audio broadcast is also available on the Ivy League Network.
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- Columbia now leads the all-time series with Longwood, 3-2. The win snapped a two-game losing streak against the Lancers and was the Lions’ first-ever win in Farmville.
- Adlesh made his first career start, replacing the injured Kyle Castlin (elbow).
- The Lions had two players with 20 or more points for the first time since Jan. 2, 2017 at Maine (Luke Petrasek 22, Smith 21).