Score By Half
Team 1 2 Total
Columbia 28 50 78
Dartmouth 39 41 80
Stat Comparison
Category Columbia Dartmouth
FGM-A 29-66 30-53
FG% 43.9% 56.6%
3 FGM-A 9-29 12-24
3 FG% 31.0% 50.0%
FTM-A 11-14 8-14
FT% 78.6% 57.1%
Rebounds 34 31
Assists 14 20
Turnovers 11 15
Blocks 2 1
Steals 5 3
Individual Leaders
Category Columbia Dartmouth
Points Kyle Castlin (22) Miles Wright (21)
Rebounds Patrick Tapé (7) James Foye (8)
Assists Mike Smith (6) Chris Knight (5)
Taylor Johnson (5)
Steals Kyle Castlin (3) Three tied with 1
Blocks Patrick Tapé (1)
Nate Hickman (1)
Brendan Barry (1)

HANOVER, N.H. – The Columbia men’s basketball team’s late rally came up just short as Dartmouth escaped with an 80-78 victory Friday night. The Lions (8-18, 5-8) used a 13-2 run to pull within three and had a chance to tie with just over 30 seconds left, but could not get a key bucket to fall.

Columbia’s Ivy League Tournament hopes remain in its own hands after Harvard came away with a double-overtime victory in Cambridge and Princeton topped Brown. The Lions, Big Red and Tigers are all tied with a 5-8 conference record and all went 1-1 against each other. However, Columbia has a slight edge since it has an opportunity to unseat the first-place Crimson and earn a regular season sweep. The Lions would also advance if Princeton and Cornell both lose AND Brown falls to Penn. In that scenario, Cornell would gain the fourth seed due to its 2-0 record against the Bears.

Kyle Castlin, who earned the start with Lukas Meisner out of the lineup (illness), scored a game-high 22 points to tie his personal best. He also added six rebounds and three steals in 36 minutes. Mike Smith netted 20 points and dished out six assists.

Columbia trailed by as many as 19 points in the second half and was behind 76-62 with 4:14 on the clock before turning up the pressure. Quinton Adlesh knocked down a trey and Patrick Tapé added a put-back to start the comeback. Adlesh forced a turnover, leading to a pair of Nate Hickman free throws before another defensive stop. Smith buried another triple to make it 76-72 with 1:45 remaining, and after two Big Green (7-19, 3-10) foul shots, Castlin drove to the lane for an old-fashioned 3-point play at the 1:19 mark.

A backcourt violation gave the ball back to the Lions, but Tapé’s baby-hook would not drop and Taylor Johnson went 2-for-2 from the charity stripe to put the game out of reach and Hickman’s corner triple as time expired was too late.

Dartmouth started the game red-hot and went up 14-5 after a contested 3-pointer from James Foye. Columbia responded with an 11-0 outburst to go ahead by one after a Jaron Faulds post-up with 12:00 left in the first. The Big Green punched back with 18 of the next 21 points and took a 39-28 advantage into the locker room.

Miles Wright went off for 21 points to go with six boards to lead the Big Green.

Dartm0uth shot 12-of-24 from 3-point land, compared to 9-of-29 (31.0 percent) by the Lions.

The Lions wrap up the regular season tomorrow night, March 3, at Harvard at 7 p.m. The contest will be shown on the Ivy League Network, now available on Apple TV, Roku and the ILN app for Android and Apple devices.

- Columbia’s nine 3-pointers bring its monthly total to 85 for the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge. Fans can pledge a dollar amount for every triple Columbia makes in February until the end of the regular season or make a one-time donation. All funds will the American Cancer Society. To donate, click here.
- The Lions dropped to 1-10 in games decided by two possessions or less.
- The Lions and Big Green split the regular season series for the second consecutive year.