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NEW YORK – The Columbia men’s basketball team continued its home dominance, dispatching UMass-Lowell, 78-39, on Monday night. Four players scored in double-figures for the Lions (6-5), who were led by Grant Mullins’ 14-point effort.
Columbia improved to 4-1 in Levien Gymnasium, with all of its wins coming by double digits. The margin of victory was the largest for the program since a 104-42 victory over Swarthmore on Nov. 28, 2011. It also marked the first time the Lions held a team under 40 points since Jan. 7, 2001 when they topped Binghamton, 62-37.
Columbia’s bench outscored the River Hawks (1-9), 40-17, highlighted by a 13-point performance by Alex Rosenberg and an 11-point, eight-rebound night from Meiko Lyles.
UMass-Lowell hung around for the first 10 minutes before the Lions broke off a 12-2 run to make it 22-12 in favor of Columbia with 6:21 remaining in the first half. Lyles bookended another big rally, a 14-0 outburst, with a pair of 3-pointers to help the Lions take a 38-18 advantage into the locker room.
The Lions continued to roll in the second half, scoring seven of the first nine points and never looked back, shooting a blistering 66.7-percent in the second half to coast to the win.
Columbia held a 39-22 advantage on the glass and limited the River Hawks to 29.4 percent shooting.
Parris Massey had eight points and four rebounds to lead UMass-Lowell.
The Lions will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 21 when they host Fairleigh Dickinson in Levien Gymnasium. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by clicking here. Fans can also catch the action on the Ivy League Digital Network.