New York, New York – Columbia built a 23-point lead at halftime behind 11 first half treys to cruise to an 86-60 Ivy League victory over Brown at Levien Gymnasium. The Lions extended their record to 14-9 overall, 3-4 in Ivy play, while Brown falls to 7-17, 1-6 in the Ivy League.
The depleted Bears dressed just nine players and competed without sophomore point guard Sean McGonagill, their leading scorer, averaging 14.0 points per game. He did not travel with the team this weekend after being injured against Penn a week ago. McGonagill had started every game for the Bears for the past two years, totaling 51 consecutive games.
Columbia finished the game with 16 treys on 29 attempts (55-percent), while the Bears hit 10 of 19 treys (52-percent).
Lions' sophomore guard Chris Crockett netted a game high 18 points on sizzling 6 of 10 shooting from behind the three-point arc. Meiko Lyles contributed 16 points to the Lions cause by hitting 5 of 8 treys, while Brian Barbour registered 16 points.
Brown junior guard Matt Sullivan scored a team high 17 points on 6 of 11 shooting overall, and 4 of 6 shooting from behind the three-point arc. Senior Jean Harris tossed in 14 points while connecting on 4 of 8 treys.
The Lions opened the game with a three-point barrage, opening up a 23-5 lead in the first nine minutes on 7 of 10 shooting from behind the three-point arc. Columbia kept up the pressure on the cold shooting Bears and grabbed a 23-point lead, 33-10, on Crockett's third trey of the night with 6:43 left in the half.
Columbia held a 47-24 lead at the half behind 11 of 18 shooting from behind the three-point arc. Lyles connected on 5 of 8 first half treys to lead the Lions.
The second half was more evenly played, but Columbia built its lead to as many as 33 points, 79-46, with 7:43 left in the game following a trey by Alex Rosenberg.
Brown is back in action again Saturday evening, facing Cornell in Ithaca, New York. Tip-off is 7:00 p.m.