NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Columbia came back from a 15-point first-half deficit to tie the game at 58 late in the second half but Yale was able to hold off the Lions' late charge and capture a 75-67 victory over Columbia at John J. Lee Amphitheater on Friday night.
After the game was tied at 5-5, Yale scored 15 unanswered points to grab hold of a 20-5 lead with 11 minutes left in the first half.
Columbia still trailed 23-9 with seven minutes left before Meiko Lyles hit a pair of jumpers to sandwich an 11-2 run that brought the Lions back within five, 25-20 with 3:34 left in the half. Yale scored five of the last seven points of the half to take a 30-22 lead into intermission.
Yale led 47-38 with the ball at the 12:33 mark when Greg Mangano was whistled for a loose ball foul trying to get position on the interior. Mangano protested the call and was hit with a technical foul, his fourth personal foul of the game.
Brian Barbour subsequently made the two free throws after the T and Chris Crockett followed by draining a long three-pointer to make it a five-point swing in favor of the Lions, who now trailed 47-43.
Although Reggie Willhite answered with a three for Yale, Columbia scored the next six points to get within a point, 50-49 at the 10:33 mark.
With 6:20 to play, Willhite made one of two free throws to give Yale a 56-54 lead. Cory Osetkowski, in for Mark Cisco who was in foul trouble, drained a jumper to tie the game at 56. After he just reentered the game, Mangano sank a jumper of his own to give a two-point lead back to Yale. Osetkowski was there to answer again and tie it again at 58-all with five minutes left.
After a Columbia miss, Brandon Sherrod was on a fast break streaking to the bucket and was fouled by Alex Rosenberg, who was charged with a flagrant foul after the officials reviewed the attempt to deny the layup. Sherrod sank both free throws and his layup on Yale's next possession gave the Bulldogs a four-point advantage.
Columbia got back wtihin one on two occasions, once after a Barbour three-point play and then after another Osetkowski bucket with less than four minutes left.
Yale still led 68-65 after a short Rosenberg jumper but the Bulldogs made seven of eight free throws in the final minute to wrap up the victory.
Barbour had another terrific game with 21 points and eight assists. He led five Lions in double figures, including Rosenberg (13 points, eight rebounds), Crockett (11 points), Osetkowski (10 points, five rebounds) and Lyles (10 points).
Mangano's 22 led Yale, which also received 20 points from Willhite. Austin Morgan finished with 14 and Sherrod had 10 off the bench.
Columbia is back in action on Saturday, February 25 at Brown. Game time is at 6 p.m.
Barbour has scored 20+ points in 12 games this season ... he is averaging 15.0 points and 7.2 assists over the last five games ... Barbour (839 career points) moved past Dane Holmes '92 for 33rd place on Columbia's all-time scoring list ... Crockett scored in double figures for the third time in five games ... he is averaging 10.8 points per game during that span ... Lyles has scored in double figures in four of the last five games ... Cisco finished with a team-high nine rebounds in 20 minutes ... Cisco blocked one shot to move into a tie with Jim Tubridy '96 for ninth place all-time in career blocked shots at Columbia ... Yale made 23 of its 34 free throws ... Columbia hit 14 of 16 from the foul line and is shooting 81.2 percent from the stripe during Ivy play ... Columbia's coaching staff wore blue bowties during the game in support of prostate cancer awareness.