Columbia 63, LIU 53

John Daniels and Mark Cisco scored 12 points apiece and Columbia

gave a strong defensive effort to defeat Long Island University

63-53 Saturday for its seventh consecutive victory.

Brian Barbour added 11 points and six assists for the Lions

(7-4), who forced 23 turnovers by the Blackbirds (5-5) while

committing 12 of their own. Meiko Lyles had four steals for

Columbia.

Columbia’s winning streak is its longest since the 1981-82 Lions

won eight straight.

Columbia scored 10 of the first 14 points in the second half to

lead 38-27, but Long Island narrowed the gap to 40-36. Noah

Springwater then sank a 3-pointer for Columbia. After a layup by

Arnold Mayorga of the Blackbirds, Steve Egee, who had just entered

the game, nailed another 3-pointer to give the Lions a 46-38

lead.

Jamal Olasewere scored 18 points to lead Long Island, which had

won three in a row.