The two teams would continue to trade leads for the remainder of the first half, with Columbia heading to the locker room with a 30-28 advantage over Saint Joseph's.
Both teams would continue to trade leads in the second half before Saint Joseph's was able to build an eight-point lead with the help of an 11-0 run midway through the half. The 59-51 lead would be the Hawks' largest of the game, but the Lions would be far from finished.
Columbia would pull within three with 1:14 remaining in the game when a tip-in by Kyle Castlin brought the score to 76-73, Hawks.
Some dead ball contact between players would lead to a double technical with just 42 seconds left in the game. Miles would hit both of his free throws for the Hawks, while Grant Mullins hit just one of two for the Lions, stretching Saint Joseph's lead to 78-74.
Each team would turn the ball over in their next possession, eventually leading to a layup by Columbia to pull within 78-76 with 25 seconds left. Lamar Kimble would draw a foul on the next play, however, sinking both free throws to stretch Saint Joseph's lead to 80-76.
Columbia would respond with a layup to pull within two yet again and then force a turnover to regain possession with five seconds go. Maodo Lo would miss the game-tying layup as time expired, however, allowing Saint Joseph's to escape with an 80-78 win and improve to 5-2 on the season.
Aaron Brown would lead the way for the Hawks in the win, tallying a career-high 26 points. Miles would add 15 points and seven rebounds, while DeAndre' Bembry pitched in 12 points, all in the second half, to go along with nine rebounds and eight assists.
Next up for the Hawks is a matchup with Princeton at Hagan Arena on Tuesday.
By: Kyle Babcock
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