NEW YORK - Columbia got 17 points off the bench from Steve Frankoski in a 62-46 win over Yale in Levien Gymnasium in front of a national television audience on NBCSN.
The Lions swept an Ivy League weekend for the first time since 2008-09 when they topped Dartmouth and Harvard at home.
Yale entered the game in a first-place tie with Harvard for the Ivy League lead, but the Bulldogs fell to 14-10, 8-2 Ivy League, while Columbia improved to 17-10, 6-4 Ivy League. The Lions’ 17 wins are the most since 1978-79, and Columbia now has 12 home wins, the most since the 1949-50 season.
With the game tied 10-10 with 12:52 remaining in the first half, Frankoski scored nine of his 14 first-half points during an 11-2 run to put his squad ahead, 21-12, at the 9:05 mark of the period and never trailed again. The Lions maintained the comfortable margin and took a 30-23 advantage into the locker room.
Yale opened scoring in the second period and cut the lead to five, but Maodo Lo answered with a jumper to start a 6-0 run that put the Lions back up by double digits.
Yale scored six unanswered points to cut the lead to six with nine minutes to play, but Alex Rosenberg answered with a layup, the Lions got a defensive stop and Lo hit two free throws to push the lead back out to 10.
Neither team shot well in the second half, and neither team scored for two minutes, when Frankoski added a dagger three to give the Lions a 50-37 lead. Rosenberg and Lo alternated scoring from the floor or the free throw line for the remainder for the remainder of the game.
Columbia shot 43.5 percent fro the game to Yale’s 36.4. Both teams made five threes, but Yale was just 9-of-22 from the free throw line to Columbia’s 17-of-22.
Rosenberg shot just 3-of-8 from the floor, but finished with 18 points and six rebounds to lead all scorers. Lo finished with 16 and five.
The Bulldogs were led by Armani Cotton's 15 points. Justin Sears had 13 points and eight boards, but shot just 3-of-8 from the floor and 7-of-14 from the charity stripe.
The Lions return to action on Friday, February 28, when they travel to Dartmouth for a 7 p.m. game on the Ivy League Digital Network.