NEWARK, NJ -- Josiah Lawful scored 20 points and gathered nine rebounds to lead Columbia to a 61-56 boys basketball victory over Payne Tech on Thursday.

Andrew Rowley scored 15 points for the Cougars (10-12), who erased a three-point halftime deficit by outscoring Payne Tech, 36-28, in the second half.

Nigel Garcia finished with 11 points and three assists and Chris Darcelin had 10 points and five rebounds in the victory. Freshman point guard Jalen Robinson handed out a team-high eight assists for Columbia.