Columbia 70

(7-4, 1-3 away)

St. John's 76

(8-3, 7-3 home)

    7:30 PM ET, December 23, 2006

    Carnesecca Arena, Jamaica, New York

    1 2 T
    CLMB 29 4170
    SJU 29 4776

    Top Performers

    Columbia: P. Foley 12 Pts, 1 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    St. John's: L. Hamilton 36 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast

    St. John's 76, Columbia 70

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Lamont Hamilton scored a career-high 36 points and St. John's extended its winning streak to six games with a 76-70 victory over Columbia on Saturday night.

    The 6-foot-10 senior was 11-for-13 from the field and 14-for-16 from the free throw line for the Red Storm (8-3), whose winning streak is their longest since a six-game run in 1999-00.

    Anthony Mason Jr. had 11 points for St. John's, while Eugene Lawrence had seven points and 10 assists.

    John Baumann had 13 points for the Lions (7-4), who had won their previous three games, while Pat Foley and Justin Armstrong both added 12.

    The win was the 11th in a row over Columbia for the Red Storm, who lead the series 16-7. The Lions' last win came in 1978.

    Columbia pulled with 56-51 on two free throws by Armstrong with 4:30 to play. St. John's answered with a 7-0 run in which Hamilton had a jumper and two free throws. The Red Storm took their biggest lead at 66-53 on two free throws by Lawrence with 2:37 left.

    Columbia got within 74-70 on a jumper by Foley with 32 seconds to play.

    St. John's senior guard Daryll Hill missed the game with a contusion in his left quadriceps. He was injured taking a charge in Thursday night's win over New Jersey Tech. Hill, fourth on the team in scoring at 7.3 points per game, has been mainly used as a sixth man this season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 70 76
    FG Made-Attempted 23-49 (.469) 21-46 (.457)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-23 (.435) 3-19 (.158)
    FT Made-Attempted 14-21 (.667) 31-46 (.674)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 34 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 18

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