EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Myles Cherry had 14 points and 11 rebounds off the bench, including the winning put-back with 30 seconds to go, to lift Lafayette to a 65-63 season-opening win over Columbia on Tuesday night.
After Justin Jaworski missed a contested layup, Cherry kept the ball alive at the rim, then grabbed the ball and banked it in.
Jake Forrest's 3-pointer from the top of the key rolled off the rim at the end.
Lukas Jarrett had 10 points for Lafayette, which led by 10 midway through the second half.
Jawkorski was just 1 of 5 from 3-point range but it ran his streak to 48 games with a trey, the second-longest in the nation.
Mike Smith had 22 points for the Lions. Ike Nweke added 12 points and seven rebounds.
Lafayette was without junior guard Alex Petrie, who is out for the season with a medical condition. The one-time Rookie of the Year in the Patriot League averaged 15 points as a freshman and more than 14 last season.