NEW YORK (AP) Jake Killingsworth led a balanced attack with 14 points and Columbia made five free throws in the final 30 seconds to hold off Iona 74-71 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
The Lions (3-6), who lasted played at the Garden in 2008 and against the Gaels 26 years ago, made 12 of 13 from the line, going 5 of 6 in the last minute when Iona had two critical turnovers after forcing Columbia into turnovers.
Gabe Stefanini made two free throws with a minute to play to put Columbia up 69-64 but Tajuan Agee answered at 46.8 with a big dunk. After a Columbia turnover, Iona picked up an offensive foul. Then Iona tied up the Lions and owned possession but then stepped out of bounds upon receiving the ensuing inbounds pass.