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Columbia 61, Army 50

December 6, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Playing without coach Armand Hill, Columbia broke a five-game losing streak with a 61-50 victory over Army Saturday night as Gary Raimondo scored 16 points.

Hill, who was ejected from Columbia’s loss at Rutgers on Thursday, sat out the game by agreement with Columbia athletic director John Reeves.

``(He) is not on the bench tonight as the result of the execution of an oral agreement between Armand and me after (several) ejections,″ Reeves said in a statement. ``We agreed that he would serve a one-game suspension following his next ejection.″

Raimondo’s first basket at 17:37 of the first half made him the 20th player in Lions history to score 1,000 career points. The senior guard scored 14 of his 16 in the second half as Columbia (3-5) pulled away after leading 22-21 at halftime.

Jamie Uppgraft led Army (1-7) with 13 points as the Cadets lost their third straight.

Abe Yasser’s 3-pointer with 36 seconds left gave the Lions the lead at the half and Eric Crep hit two 3-pointers to start an 11-0 run to open the second half to give the Lions a 33-21 lead.

Army drew within 44-39 with 7:13 left, but Crep’s foul shot, Craig Austin’s 3-pointer and Mike McBrien’s tip-in expanded the lead to 50-39 and the Cadets never got closer than eight.

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