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Gamecenter: Lehigh 64, Columbia 74

6 January, 2008


1st 2nd Final
Lehigh (6-7) 34 30 64
Columbia (6-7) 31 43 74
Levien Gym – New York, NY Boxscore
Keys to the Game
Key sequence Columbia was clinging to a two-point lead with just over four minutes to play, but the Lions would score the next 10 points to take control of the contest late. Joe Bova kicked off the run with a three-pointer at the 4:08 mark, then after Matt Shamis’s attempt was blocked by Bova, John Baumann sank a jumper at the other end. Shamis misfired on a there-pointer, and though Columbia committed a shot clock violation, Marquis Hall committed a turnover to give the ball back to the Lions with 2:09 remaining. The shot clock again was running low when Baumann drilled a three for a double-digit lead. Hall couldn’t find the range on a three of his own, then Brett Loscalzo added two free throws to make it 66-54 with 1:07 remaining.
Key sign it was over The Mountain Hawks scored 10 points in the final minute, but the Lions shot well enough at the free throw line to hold off a late charge, making 10 of their final 12 attempts from the stripe. Lehigh eventually got its deficit down to single digits on a Bryan White dunk, but only 18 seconds remained.
Key performance Baumann was nearly unstoppable for Columbia, putting up 27 points on 10-for-13 shootings — including 4 of 5 from three. The senior big man also hauled down seven rebounds in 31 minutes.
Key statistic While the Mountain Hawks were struggling with their outside shooting at 4 of 17 (23.5 percent), the Lions were having no such problems, drilling 8 of 20 (40.0 percent) as a team on the evening.

– Ben Nwahcukwu gave Columbia another potent inside offensive presence, finishing with 17 points — though interestingly failing to record a rebound — while Brett Loscalzo was the third Lion in double figures with 10 points.

– White led Lehigh with 23 points and Matt Szalachowski finished with 14.

– Columbia harassed Hall into 1-for-10 shooting, including 1 of 6 from three, as the sophomore standout finished with just three points.

– The Mountain Hawks rebounded at 43.2 percent offensively and enjoyed a 19-12 edge in second-chance points.

– The game was closer than the final score indicated, with four tie and 11 lead changes.

– Lehigh will face another Ivy League team when Princeton visits Stabler Arena on Sunday, January 6, at 1:00 pm ET.

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