On Saturday, the men’s basketball team, one of the top 100 defensive teams in the country according to Pomeroy, hosted St. Francis Brooklyn—itself in the top 50. The game looked like it would be a tough, low-scoring battle, especially since Columbia usually plays at a slow pace.
Instead, the Lions put together arguably their most impressive offensive performance of the season, defeating the visiting Terriers 81-61.
The game was only close in the early going. Columbia needed barely more than four minutes to open up a double-digit lead and was ahead 50-33 at halftime, thanks in large part to good 7-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Maodo Lo and junior forward Alex Rosenberg each hit a pair of treys en route to 11 first-half points, while sophomore guard Isaac Cohen grabbed eight boards.
After a Lo three-pointer early in the second half pushed the Light Blue’s lead to a game-high 26, the Terriers were able to claw away at the lead over the next 10 minutes, getting to within 13 with six minutes to play. But Lo and Rosenberg ended St. Francis Brooklyn’s comeback chances with a pair of baskets and free throws.
Lo scored 22 points and Rosenberg scored 21 to lead Columbia, while Cohen added 14 rebounds and five assists. Guard Ben Mockford and forward Jalen Cannon each scored 15 points for St. Francis Brooklyn.
The Lions will continue their homestand Wednesday against Stony Brook.