The Lions also lost their opener, a 65-63 defeat against Lafayette. Columbia was led by senior guard Mike Smith’s 22 points — a welcomed return after he tore a meniscus last season and missed all but eight games. He’s nine points away from reaching 1,000 for his career.

Columbia is 18-38 since the 2017-18 season started, and 22 of those losses have come by six points or less.

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