Any cliché would fit nicely when talking about Columbia’s 68-42 victory over Wellington on Tuesday night in a Patriot Athletic Conference crossover game.
The Raiders (13-1, 9-0 PAC) played their last eight games on the road dating back to Dec. 18, and showed they were excited to be back on their home court by pretty much dominating all statistical categories.
“Feels good to back on our home floor,” said senior Zach Stopper, who led the Raiders with 21 points. “We had the home crowd and we just kept pushing our lead up.”
“I forgot we even had a home gym,” said junior Jay Banyasz, who finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds. “To put on that white jersey felt weird.”
The Raiders won each quarter and extended the lead all night. Only twice did Wellington manage to put together consecutive scores.
“We played well,” Columbia coach Larry Babics said. “I think home court definitely helped. We’ve been away a little bit. The kids get after it. We’re very proud of them. They all can shoot it. I was really, really happy with our defense and our bench guys because we got into a little foul trouble early.”
That pretty much summed it up. Columbia shot nearly 50 percent from the floor (25-of-52) and hit six 3-pointers, but it was the glass where the Raiders really cleaned up. Columbia outrebounded the Dukes by an astounding 41-21.
Senior Jacob Simon, despite early foul trouble, finished with 16 points and eight rebounds. Junior Brandon Severo set the tone with a pair of early 3-pointers.
“They do a lot of things well,” Wellington coach Dan Gundert said of the Raiders. “They’re very unselfish. They’ve got shooters and they get to the middle. It’s a good team and their record proves it.”
It wasn’t that Wellington (5-9, 5-4) played all that badly. Dylan Kidd led the Dukes with 15 points and Dave Clark and Dylan Weidrick combined for 23 points, but Wellington simply couldn’t match Columbia’s performance.
“We’re not getting the effort we want,” Gundert said. “We’ve got to play harder to win basketball games.”
Columbia 68, Wellington 42
WELLINGTON (42): Dylan Kidd 4-6-15, Jacob Grimmett 0-0-0, Dave Clark 6-0-13, Dylan Weidrick 4-2-10, Tim Young 2-0-4, Joey Holliday 0-0-0, Tony Walker 0-0-0. Totals 16-8-42.
COLUMBIA (68): Jay Banyasz 3-3-11, Jacob Simon 6-3-16, Kevin Simon 1-0-2, Zach Stopper 7-6-21, Brandon Severo 3-0-8, Tyler Edmisten 0-0-0, Michael Boey 3-0-6, David Delahunty 2-0-4. Totals 25-12-68.
Wellington 8 13 10 11 — 42
Columbia 19 15 12 22 — 68
Three-point goals: Wellington 2-7 (Kidd, Clark), Columbia 6-18 (Banyasz 2, Severo 2, J.Simon, Stopper). Field goals: Wellington 16-41 (39 percent), Columbia 25-52 (48 percent). Free throws: Wellington 8-15 (53 percent), Columbia 12-17 (70.5 percent). Rebounds: Wellington 21 (Weidrick 6), Columbia 41 (Banyasz 13). Turnovers: Welllington 17, Columbia 13. Total fouls: Wellington 14, Columbia 18. Fouled out: None.
Junior varsity: Columbia, 60-50.
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