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.