HANOVER, N.H. – Thanks to red-hot shooting from 3-point land and a record-breaking performance from Alex Rosenberg, Columbia extended its win streak to four after an 84-72 victory at Dartmouth on Friday night.
The Lions (18-10, 7-4) shot 13-of-24 (54.2 percent) from downtown and Rosenberg went 17-for-17 from the line to set a new program mark for most makes in a game without a miss to finish with 31 points.
The Ivy League Player of the Year candidate nearly had a perfect shooting night, going 6-of-7 from the floor and missing just a long 3-pointer as Columbia tried to wind down the clock in regulation.
With the 13 made trifectas, the Lions have set a new team single-season record with 223, breaking the old mark of 210 set in 1996-97.
A 15-5 run capped by one of Steve Frankoski’s three first half treys gave Columbia its largest lead of the half, 23-12, at the midway point of the period. With the Lions still up eight with just under four minutes to go, the Big Green began attacking the basket and went 5-of-6 from the foul line to make it 28-27 with 1:31 before the break.
The teams proceeded to trade threes giving the Lions the last shot of the frame and Lo found Jeff Coby on the baseline for a dunk just before time expired to make it 33-30 at intermission.
Columbia was crisp on the offensive end to start the second half and five quick points from Meiko Lyles opened up a 40-32 lead with 18:35 left in regulation. Dartmouth continued to hang around over the next several minutes, but a finger roll by Cohen put the Lions on top by double-figures and they never looked back.
Columbia held a 26-19 edge on the glass and shot a season-high 59.5 percent from the field.
Tyler Melville led the Big Green with 19 points. Connor Boehm added 17 on 7-of-10 shooting.
The Lions will remain on the road to take on first place Harvard tomorrow, Saturday, Mar. 1 at 7 p.m. on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Notes: Columbia's 18 wins are the most for the program since the 1969-70 squad posted a 20-5 record... Rosenberg became just the 13th player to shoot 100-percent from the foul line with over 12 attempts in a game… He has the second highest attempts of anyone on that list (Yale’s John Lee vs. Oregon State – Dec. 27, 1957)… It is also the most ever converted in a conference game, breaking the old record of 16-of-16 previously held by Brown’s Peter Sullivan (vs. Princeton – Feb. 19, 2011)… Columbia’s four-game winning streak is the longest for the program since the 2007-08 season… It is also the first time the Lions have won three Ancient Eight road games since that season.