The Mountain Hawks 9-game win streak in Stabler Arena ended 0.4 seconds short of extending to 10.
Columbia's Niko Scott grabbed an offensive rebound with 0.4 seconds to play, was fouled and made both shots to give the visiting Lions a 59-58 win over Lehigh, which had not lost at home since Jan. 25 of last year (59-54). It is just the third home loss in two seasons for the Hawks, who remain without the services of big man Jason Mgebroff, out with a stress fracture.
It was the second time this season Lehigh lost to an Ivy League team on foul shots at the end of the game.
Lehigh led 26-18 at the half and was up 47-39 with 8:27 to play. Columbia managed to battle back despite not making a field goal in the final 6:14 of the game. The Lions went 11 for 12 at the foul line in the second half. Lehigh was 4 for 8 at the line for the game.
Jose Olivero, whose streak of 20 consecutive double figures games was snapped when he was held to 7 at Monmouth last week, was held to 7 again. Olivero was 3 for 10 from the field, 0 for 4 from the three-point arc.
Kyle Neptune led Lehigh with 13 points. Freshman point guard Marquis Hall added 11. The Mountain Hawks host American Saturday in their league opener.
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