Photo Courtesy of Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin.
By David Cordova
During the season, there are games in which small schools get the chance to matchup against bigger schools as a chance to get ready for conference play. In this game, Columbia (4-5), coming off of two straight losses to Seton Hall and Navy, would go up against Division III Manhattanville College (3-4). This game was a chance for the Lions to exercise their anger after the previous losses.
Columbia 84, Manhattanville 42
Early on, both programs kept the game close. Sophomore guard Quinton Adlesh had eight points in the first few minutes of the game, with the Lions leading 19-8, with 10:24 to go in the first half.
Although Manhattanville was led by junior forward Alex Tuci with ten points early on, Columbia’s size, as well as their hot shooting, intimidated the visiting Valiants as they went up fifteen, 30-15, with under seven minutes to go in the half. The Lions went on a balanced scoring attack, that brought the Lions up 45-22 at the half.
In the second half, the Valiants could not contain the Lions’ balanced attack and the victory would be earned by the host squad, as they won by a lopsided margin.
Senior center Connor Vann led Columbia with 14 points and senior forward Luke Petrasek added 13 points and seven rebounds. For Manhattanville, Tuci finished with 15 points and junior forward Brian Haggerty added 10 points in the loss.