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Columbia 54, Lutheran West 51
By Zavier Roberts staff
Friday, February 2, 2018

ROCKY RIVER --  In another heated rivalry matchup, the Lutheran West Longhorns suffered a crushing last second lost against the Columbia Raiders 54-51. Columbia was up by three with 5.4 seconds left in the game when sophomore Jalen Barnes was fouled while shooting a three-pointer and proceeded to sink all his free throws to tying the game. But Columbia forced the ball down to court quickly and was able to find an open three from Raider sophomore Bailey Coleman on the left side to break the Longhorns hearts as the buzzer sounded. 

The game started out slow for the Longhorns with a scoring drought and plenty of fouls. Columbia fed off of West turnovers and pushed out to a 14-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. The sheer size of Columbia's starting five made it tough for West to grab rebounds and get the ball inside the three point line against the Raider's 1-2-2 zone. 

Fortunately for the Longhorns, an arrays of threes by junior Ourtney Bryant and sophomore Jeremiah Stover rallied West back to cut Columbia's lead down to four at the half by scoring 19 points in the second quarter. 

After a slow start, Barnes went on a tear throughout the second half finding the bottom of the basket with ease. Aggressive defensive pressure by West aided in gaining more rebounds and steals for the Longhorns. A last second three at the end of third quarter gave West a two point advantage with the score at 39-37. In the fourth quarter, both teams were relentless in their efforts to out rebound and out play each. Tensions were high and fouls began to pile up eventually leading to both teams having key players foul out.

Barnes finished with 25 points and 7 assists while Bryant added 15 points and 5 assists. Lutheran West drop their record to 7-8.
Tue 12/5/17
W, 75-67
Fri 12/8/17
L, 60-42
Tue 12/12/17
W, 65-55
Fri 12/15/17
W, 76-23
Tue 12/19/17
L, 71-39
Fri 12/22/17
L, 47-32
Fri 1/5/18
W, 61-60
Tue 1/9/18
L, 64-58
Tue 1/16/18
W, 77-60
Fri 1/19/18
L, 92-65
Mon 1/22/18
L, 73-69
Tue 1/23/18
W, 63-46
Fri 1/26/18
W, 80-46
Tue 1/30/18
L, 62-52
Fri 2/2/18
L, 54-51
Tue 2/6/18
L, 70-59
Fri 2/9/18
L, 52-47
Tue 2/13/18
W, 56-54
2017-18 Coach Nick Toth
2017-18 through current
2017-18 Varsity Men's Basketball
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