Lafayette Men's Basketball vs. Columbia (01/05/2011)

Lafayette Men's Basketball vs. Columbia (01/05/2011)
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Game 15
Lafayette vs. Columbia
January 5, 2011

EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette put four players in double figures, but it was Columbia that walked away with a 76-73 win. Ryan Willen led the way for the Leopards with 15 points, but the Leopards couldn_t seem to slow Noruwa Agho who scored 17 of the Lions_ final 18 points over an eight-minute span to close the game. Agho finished with a game-high 23. Darion Benbow finished a rebound shy of a double-double, contributing 10 points, while Jared Mintz and Jim Mower both added 13 points. In the first half, Columbia went on an 18-3 run over the span of five minutes to lead the Leopards 36-22 with 6:07 remaining. The Lions had a trio of three-pointers in the run. Lafayette trailed 42-31 at halftime. The Leopards opened the second half with a 16-6 run that began with a Mower three-pointer in the opening 12 seconds and ended on a Willen five-point play. Willen drove to the hoop and was fouled on his shot attempt. The layup was good. Columbia head coach Kyle Smith was whistled for a technical, resulting in two extra free throws. Willen made all three foul shots and the Leopards led 50-48 with 13:56 left to play. After the five-point play, Columbia tied the game for the fourth time at 50-50. From that point, the teams exchanged the lead seven times. With just over four minutes to play, Columbia_s Brian Barbour put in a layup to lead 67-66, the final of 19 times the lead changed hands. Lafayette trailed by as many as four twice in the last minute and a half. Benbow cut the deficit to 74-73 with a three-point play with 12 seconds remaining, but Agho_s free throws sealed the 76-73 decision.

Columbia 76, Lafayette 73
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