NEW YORK (AP) -- Ben Nwachukwu scored 13 of his 19 points in the
second half as Columbia held off a furious rally to defeat Troy
73-71 in the championship game of the Tyler Ugolyn-Columbia Classic
on Saturday night.
Brett Loscalzo hit two free throws with 21.8 left to give the
Lions (2-0) a 73-69 lead before Cedric Jackson's layup brought the
Trojans within two.After Troy forced a 10-second violation on Columbia, Bobby Dixon
had a chance to tie it, but his shot bounced off the rim at the
buzzer.Jacob Hazouri had 24 of his 29 points in the second half for the
Trojans, who rallied from a 10-point deficit.Columbia freshman K.J. Matsui, the first Japanese native to play
for an NCAA Division I team, had 14 points. He scored his first
points by hitting a 3-pointer from the left corner at 17:09 of the
opening half.Dalen Cuff led the Lions with 18 points and John Baumann had 15.Dixon finished with 12 for the Trojans and Jackson had 11.Quinnipiac edged New Hampshire 64-62 on Adam Gonzalez's layup in
the final second in the consolation game.