Brown Clips Men's Basketball, 58-55
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Brown's Matt Sullivan scored 27 points, including a game-winning three with 10 seconds remaining to help the Bears edge the Columbia men's basketball team, 58-55, on Friday night.
Frankoski was left alone in the left corner to give the Lions an early 6-4 lead only to see the Bears (9-12, 3-4) answer with six-straight points to claim a four-point advantage with 15:11 remaining in the first half.
After both teams struggled to get anything going over the next several minutes, Columbia asserted itself on the defensive end by forcing deflections and turnovers which helped get its offense on track.
The Lions went on a 10-2 run to go ahead, 18-14, at the 7:05 mark. Sophomore Skylar Scrivano later came up with a pair of key dunks to keep Columbia in front and the Lions scored the final eight points of the period to take a 31-20 lead into the locker room.
Turnovers plagued Columbia to start the second half and Brown took advantage, outscoring the Lions 8-2 to start the frame to cut its deficit to 33-28.
Three-pointers by Frankoski and Rosenberg kept Columbia in front by five with 12:14 remaining, and built the lead back up to 48-35 off another Rosenberg jumper. However, Sullivan sparked an 11-2 spurt with seven points to give the Bears a 48-47 advantage with 4:04 left.
Just under a minute later, Frankoski buried his fourth trifecta of the contest to put Columbia back on top by two, and Cory Osetkowski scored on a put-back to advance the margin to three points with 2:18 on the clock.
Brown's Cedric Kuakumensah would score the next four points to give the Bears a slim 53-52 cushion with 1:08 before Maodo Lo drilled a triple from the left corner with just 40 seconds remaining. Brown was patient on its next possession and Sullivan finally found some space from the left wing and buried the big shot to give the Bears the lead for good.
The Lions raced up the court and missed a layup and were forced to foul. Kuakumensahknocked down a pair from the foul line, and with Columbia in the single bonus, the Bears opted to foul with 1.2 seconds remaining rather than allow for a game-tying attempt. However, the Lions missed the front end of the 1-and-1, and time expired.
Columbia held a 34-25 advantage on the glass, but finished with a season-high 19 turnovers.
The Lions are back in action tomorrow, Feb. 16, when they take on Yale in New Haven, Conn. at 7 p.m.