Pioneers Fall to Columbia, 61-59

Pioneers Fall to Columbia, 61-59

Nov. 30, 2005

Final Stats

FAIRFIELD, CT - Sophomore guard Justin Armstrong hit a fade away jumper in the lane with :06 left in the game to lead Columbia University to a 61-59 win over host Sacred Heart University Wednesday night.

Columbia, now 5-0, led 33-23 at the intermission. Sophomore John Baumann (Westport, CT) led the Lions with eight points, including a desperation three with the shot clock winding down with :17 to play in the half.

The Lions extended the lead to 11 at 38-27 four minutes into the second half on a three-pointer by sophomore Brett Loscalzo (Ridgefield, CT). Sacred Heart, 0-5 ran off the next eight points to close within 38-35 with 14:39 to play. Junior Jarrid Frye had six of the points in that span.

A layup by senior center Kibwe Trim off a steal by Luke Granato cut the Columbia advantage to 44-43 with 10:09 to play in the game. After Baumann answered with a bucket to put his team back up by three, Trim converted at the other end and completed a three-point play when he was fouled to tie the score at 46-46.

The Pioneers went on an 8-1 run to lead 54-47 with 5:29 left. The Lions roared back and reeled off the next nine points, capped by a pair of free throws by Baumann to retake the lead, 56-54 with 3:05 remaining. A dunk by Trim put SHU back on top 57-56 with 2:22 remaining, but Loscalzo drained a wide-open three with 1:46 left to give the Lions the lead at 59-57.

After a Frye miss for the Pioneers, sophomore Brice Brooks grabbed the offensive board and got the put-back to knot the score at 59-59 with 1:22 left. Armstrong missed a jumper with :59 to go and Frye got the rebound for SHU but the Pioneers turned it over with :40 remaining. After calling a timeout, Columbia ran the shot clock down and Armstrong drained the eight-footer for the win.

Baumann led the Lions with 12 points, while sophomore center Ben Nwachuku finished with ten and a game-high nine rebounds.

Trim finished with 26 points and six rebounds for the Pioneers. Sophomore guard Drew Shubik had a career-high 14 points, while Frye chipped in 13.