West Point, NY – The 1-2 Columbia Lions travelled upstate on Tuesday to take on the 2-1 Army Black Knights at West Point Military Academy. Army has been playing spirited basketball this season led by junior guard Jordan Fox, who is coming off a 33 point effort including nine threes against Marist. The Lions meanwhile have faced a difficult schedule to open the season, beginning with a loss at No 5-ranked Villanova.
Army came out of the gate firing and continued their hot shooting, knocking down two quick three pointers to jump out to a 10-0 lead. The Black Knights appeared to have the game in hand through the majority of the first half, holding a 15-point lead with under eight minutes remaining. However, Army uncharacteristically failed to protect the ball, committing nine first half turnovers, allowing Columbia to hang around. Lions freshman Tai Bibbs brought energy off the bench and sparked a run to cut the lead to five heading into the half.
The game remained tight through the second half, and with just two-and-a-half minutes remaining it was still only a four-point game. However, team captain Fox stepped up for the Black Knights and took the game over down the stretch, converting two difficult baskets and knocking down the game clinching free throws, capping off his 26 point outing. Army was able to withstand their 17 turnovers by substantially winning the rebounding battle and through shooting 45.5 percent from deep, defeating Columbia 88-78.
Fox put together another strong showing after his career night at Marist, contributing 26 points on 4-of-9 from three, six rebounds, five assists, and a steal. Continuing his efficient three point shooting on the season, Fox also demonstrated his scoring versatility by attacking the basket when his team needed to stop runs, seeking out contact and converting a number of athletic layups. He showed great poise down the stretch and controlled the pace of the game over the last few minutes, sealing the victory.
Lukas Meisner led the way for Columbia with a career high 16 points. The 6-8 junior forward from Germany flashed his ability to score inside and out, most notably demonstrating his leaping ability by throwing down two monstrous dunks in the first half. Meisner demonstrated a well rounded offensive skill set, knocking down a three and getting out in transition, but also flashing in the PnR as the roll man and showing off some post moves. Playing as Columbia’s big for most of his time on the court, Meisner battled for rebounds, grabbing a team high eight. He also displayed some positive defensive instincts, hedging and recovering well in the PnR.
The third consecutive win for Army places them atop the Patriot League standings, as they look to continue their steak next Monday when they travel to Niagara. Columbia falls to 1-3 following the loss and will play their fifth straight road game in a matchup against Colgate on Saturday.
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