Bulldogs Fall One Game Behind First Place Harvard
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Columbia took a page out of the Yale playbook in knocking off the Bulldogs Sunday at Levien Gym. The Lions made free throws, stayed with Yale on the glass and were stingy on defense en route to a 62-46 victory before a near capacity crowd of 2,160.
Alex Rosenberg led three Columbia players in double figures with 18 points. Steve Frankoski added 17 and Maodo Lo had 16.
Armani Cotton scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds to pace the Bulldogs, who saw their seven-game winning streak end.
Yale (14-10, 8-2 Ivy) fell one game behind first-place Harvard in the Ivy League standings. The Crimson knocked off Princeton on Saturday night.
Yale and Harvard meet in the next-to-last game of the regular season on Mar. 7 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
"We have to stay the course, maintain a sense of confidence and perform like we have in the seven games before today," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball.
Yale struggled offensively for much of the game. The Bulldogs shot just 36.4 percent from the field and were only 9-of-22 from the free throw line.
"We didn't have a good flow on offense, and our inability to make free throws hurt us," Jones said.
Columbia, on the other hand, was sharp, particularly Frankoski, who was 6-of-9 from the field in scoring 14 of his points in the first half.
"He gave them a big lift," Jones said.
Still, the Bulldogs trailed only 30-23 at halftime. The Lions stretched the lead to 13 early in the second half before Yale made a run. Matt Townsend's layup cut the deficit to six, 43-37, with 9:16 remaining, but Columbia scored the next eight points to regain control.
Rosenberg, Columbia's leading scorer, did most of his damage in the second half when he scored 15 of his points.
The Lions (17-10, 6-4 Ivy) improved to 12-2 at home on the season.
"Columbia is a very good team," Jones said. "You have to play well to beat them."
The Lions finished 17-of-22 from the free throw line in the game, and Yale had only a slim 32-30 rebounding edge.
NOTES: Javier Duren missed his second straight game with an injury… The Bulldogs committed 14 turnovers, which led to 14 Columbia points… The game was televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network… Yale heads back on the road next weekend. The Bulldogs are at Princeton on Friday and then play Penn at the Palestra on Saturday. Both are 7 p.m. tips.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity