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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

Harvard Downs Men's Basketball

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BOSTON – The Columbia men’s basketball team dug themselves into an early hole and could never recover, falling to Harvard, 80-47, on Saturday night. The Lions drop to 18-11 overall and 7-5 in Ivy League play.

Laurent Rivard scored a game-high 21 points on 6-of-8 shooting from downtown to lead four Crimson players in double-figures.

First-year Jeff Coby led the way with 11 points and six rebounds.

The Crimson (23-4, 11-1) started the game on a 17-2 run and led by as many as 20 points in the first half before Columbia settled down. Coby sparked a 10-1 run with five points to help the Lions pull within 33-22 with 1:37 left in the period.

The teams traded buckets in the closing moments and Harvard took a 39-26 lead into the intermission.

A Lo drive just over two minutes into the second half brought the Lions within 10, but Harvard came up with a strong response and scored eight straight points to balloon the lead back up to 52-34 with 14:32 to go.

The Crimson continued to stroke it well from the field, leading by as many as xx points as they clinched at least a share of their fourth straight Ivy League title.

For the game, Harvard shot 60 percent and were 8-of-13 from downtown.

The Lions end the regular season with a pair of home games against Penn on Friday, Mar. 7 and Princeton on Saturday, Mar. 8. Both games are slated for 7 p.m. starts. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by clicking here. Fans can also catch the action on the Ivy League Digital Network

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