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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

By: Brian Heyman, New York Times

There was a garbage can playing the part of a defender along the right part of the 3-point stripe. Noruwa Agho crouched over, the basketball in his hands. He made a quick dart to his left and released a rainbow from beyond the arc that swished through the net.

This snapshot of Agho working on his game came Monday night inside Columbia's Levien Gymnasium. This was more than a half-hour after the Lions defeated American, 56-51. This was after he had poured 33 minutes of sweat into the victory and 21 points through the net. Agho nailed all three of his 3-point attempts.

The top 3-point percentage shooter in Division I, for those with at least 2.5 made per game, plays for Columbia, and that is Agho, a 6-foot-3 sophomore shooting guard. There is a reason for his fabulous 59 percent accuracy, for 36 of his 61 3-point attempts to have hit the target in the Lions' 6-7 start.

"He has the best work ethic of any kid I've been around," Columbia Coach Joe Jones said. "He just lives in the gym."

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