NYU Stern defeated Columbia Business School 32-31 in a friendly exhibition game on February 8, 2017. This was the first annual competition between the two schools, as 15 members of the Stern community, including Dean Henry himself, played on the court. Over 100 NYU students cheered the team at the Barclays Center, which was held after a matchup between the Brooklyn Nets and the Washington Wizards. NYU jumped out to an early lead and controlled the game throughout; however, Columbia made a last second push, hitting two clutch 3 pointers, but ultimately coming up short by one point.
The intensity of the game escalated several times, as Columbia became more and more physical as the NYU lead mounted. NYU remained poised throughout, ensuring that they would not only be the winners, but also that they would practice good sportsmanship. Dean Henry agreed, exclaiming “It was a very physical game, especially in the closing minutes, but we refused to let down the 100-plus members of our community who came out to cheer us on. It truly was an all-Stern effort and I couldn’t be prouder of our team for taking home the W!”
The NYU Stern Basketball Association (SBA) held tryouts at the Palladium Athletic Facility, selecting 15 members to represent the school on the court. It was a dream come true for the students, as many had given up their athletic careers long ago to pursue a career in business. Still, being given a chance to play on a professional court invoked feelings of elation for the players, and helped them knock an unexpected item off their bucket list.
For more information on the SBA, visit: https://nyustern.campusgroups.com/hoops/about/