Hot Shooting Columbia Defeats Army, 81-64

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Kevin Ferguson was 8-for-10 from the field Wednesday night.
Kevin Ferguson was 8-for-10 from the field Wednesday night.

Dec. 4, 2013

NEW YORK CITY  – Sophomore center Kevin Ferguson scored a career-high 19 points, but Columbia (5-4) buried 13 three-pointers to score an 81-64 victory over Army (1-6) Wednesday night in men’s basketball action at Levien Gymnasium. Ferguson has now scored in double figures a career-best four straight times.

Army led 3-0 after a three-pointer by Tanner Plomb, but the Lions reeled off 11 straight points to take the lead for good. Ferguson stopped the momentum to pull Army within six, but Columbia answered with a three-pointer to regain a nine-point edge. The Black Knights would not come any closer than seven the rest of the game, trailing by as many as 19 in the second half.

Army shot a season-high 52.3 percent overall (23-44), including a season-best 40.0 percent (6-15) from three-point range, but the Lions took advantage of 16 Black Knights’ turnovers.

Sophomore Kyle Wilson was the only other Black Knight in double figures with 11 points, the sixth time in seven games this season he has scored at least 10 points. Ferguson, Army’s team leader in field goal percentage entering the contest, bolstered his team lead with an 8-for-10 effort from the field. Ferguson also led the team with a career-high four assists. Dylan Cox paced the team with four rebounds.

Grant Mullins led the Lions with a game-high 28 points on 10-for-14 shooting. Mullins drained six of his 10 three-point attempts. Alex Rosenberg was also in double figures with 15 points. Maodo Lo handed out a game-high seven assists and made four steals.

The Lions shot 52.6 percent for the game (30-57), connecting on half their three-point tries (13-26). Columbia outrebounded the Black Knights, 28-24, and made 12 steals.

The Black Knights return home on Saturday to face St. Francis Brooklyn. Tip-off at Christl Arena is set for 3 p.m.

Game Notes: Dylan Cox made his team-leading 38th consecutive start … Mo Williams made his first start of the season, marking Army’s third different first unit this season … Army has lost five straight games … the Black Knights’ 15 three-point attempts were a season low … Army entered the game averaging 32.5 attempts per game … Cox made four of his five field goal attempts en route to nine points …  Columbia now leads the all-time series 37-20.