NEW YORK (AP) -- Matt Preston had 19 points and 12 rebounds and
triggered a pivotal run to start the second half that carried
Columbia to an 82-69 victory over Longwood in the opening round of
the inaugural Columbia Classic on Friday night.
Columbia (1-0) advanced to the championship game on Saturday
against Morehead State, which defeated Mount St. Mary's 66-65 in
overtime in the first game of the doubleheader.
Preston opened the second half with a layup and added another in
the 13-3 run that gave the Lions a 47-43 lead. Columbia never
trailed after that.
Lamar Barrett lead Longwood (0-1) with 18 points and Michael
Jefferson added 13.
The Lancers meet Mount St. Mary's on Saturday in the
tournament's consolation game.
Jeremiah Boswell added 11 points for the Lions, who finished
25-of-27 from the foul line.