La Salle 82, Columbia 71

Ruben Guillandeaux, in his first game after missing most of last

season as a medical redshirt, scored a career-high 29 points to

lead LaSalle to an 82-71 win over Columbia on Friday night.

Guillandeaux made 6 of 8 shots from three-point range and scored

25 points in the second half to help a second-half comeback by the

Explorers that erased a 12-point deficit.

Columbia led 56-44 with 15:33 to play, but the Explorers battled

back to tie the game at 65-65 on a 3-pointer by Guillandeaux with

5:28 to play. The Explorers outscored Columbia 17-6 the rest of the

way.

Aaric Murray added 16 points for the Explorers in the season

opener for both teams. The loss spoiled the debut of Columbia coach

Kyle Smith.

Noruwa Agho led Columbia with 26 points and Brain Barbour added

10.