NEW HAVEN, Conn. - In a game marred by 58 foul calls and 80 free throw attempts, combined, Yale came away with a 69-59 victory on Friday night in a game closer than the final score indicated. The Lions saw their six-game win streak snapped and fall to 13-7 overall and 2-1 in Ivy League play.
Columbia started the game doing what they do best. Shooting the three and using backdoor cuts. Cory Osetkowski made it 8-2 with a turnaround layup, but the Bulldogs (8-9, 2-1) answered with six-straight to tie the score with 12:14 left in the half.
From there, points were at a premium for both squads. Despite turning the ball over nine times and having just one field goal in the final 18:01, the Lions trailed by just 3 at the break.
Yale extended the lead to 35-25 on an Armani Cotton trey with 14:27 left before the game became increasingly more physical. On a loose ball, the teams exchanged some extracurriculars which led to two technical fouls assessed to both teams. Out of that, the Bulldogs took its largest lead of the game, 41-29, with 13:14 to go.
Columbia knocked down a trio of 3-pointers and Meiko Lyles sank a 17-footer from the baseline to pull the Lions within, 44-41, with 9:58 on the clock. From there, the teams exchanged foul shots for nearly six minutes to keep the contest a close affair.
However, a Justin Sears dunk at the 3:22 mark proved to be the turning point of the game, giving Yale a 57-52 lead as the Bulldogs took the win.
Alex Rosenberg scored 17 points to lead the Columbia. Justin Sears notched game-highs with 22 points and eight rebounds.
Columbia shot 4-of-17 from long range and were outrebounded 32-23.
The Lions are right back at it tomorrow night, Saturday, Feb. 1, when they take on Brown at 6 p.m. Follow all the action the Ivy League Digital Network.