|Points||Lukas Meisner (14)||Blake Reynolds (13)|
|Rebounds||Lukas Meisner (9)||Sam Downey (6)|
|Assists||Mike Smith (4)||Anthony Dallier (8)|
|Steals||Two tied with 2||Anthony Dallier (4)|
|Blocks||Conor Voss (3)||Four tied with 2|
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Columbia men’s basketball season abruptly came to an end after a 75-71 loss at Yale Saturday night. The defeat, coupled with Penn’s victory over Harvard gave the Quakers the fourth seed in the inaugural Ivy League Tournament. Yale’s Alex Copeland converted on a layup with 1:18 to go to put the Bulldogs (17-10, 9-5) up for good.
Sophomore Lukas Meisner chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds in 24 minutes of action off the bench.
Yale held a 68-63 advantage with 5:10 on the clock before the Lions (11-16, 5-9) used an 8-3 spurt to even things up after a Luke Petrasek free throw with just over two minutes to play.
The Bulldogs came up empty despite getting four looks at the basket on their next possession, but Yale’s Miye Oni came up with a huge block from behind which led to the Copeland deuce in transition. Columbia misfired from long-range, but forced another miss on the defensive end. With Nate Hickman slashing to the rim, Anthony Dallier swatted away another game-tying try and Oni converted on a pair from the foul line to ice the game.
In the first half, the Lions converted on six-straight attempts from beyond the arc and went ahead 27-13 after a Nate Hickman trifecta with 10:29 remaining in the frame. However, the Bulldogs were able to get back into the game from the free throw line, converting on 14-of-20 tries to pull within three at the half.
The teams battled back-and-forth to start the second and Columbia did not trail until Jordan Bruner scored four in a row to put Yale up, 57-51, nearly halfway through the half.
Blake Reynolds paced Yale’s scoring attack with 16 points. Dallier posted five points, four rebounds, eight assists and four steals.