NEW YORK - History repeated itself on Saturday night, and unfortunately for Columbia, they came out on the wrong end once again. Brown's Tucker Halpern canned a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired to give the Bears a 61-58 win on Saturday night.
Just like the game in Providence on Feb. 15, the Lions (11-14, 3-8) led 31-20 at the half, and Brown (12-14, 6-6) chipped away in the second half to escape with the victory.
Columbia held off several comeback bids, but the Bears eventually tied the score, 49-49, with 6:41 left in regulation off a free-throw by Matt Sullivan. After falling behind by four just over a minute later, Brown ripped off an 8-0 run to put them on top, 57-53, with 3:07 on the clock.
When it was the Lions' turn to show some fight, they rose to the challenge, pulling within one with 41 seconds to go. With Columbia applying pressure on the next possession, Maodo Lo lost his balance and sent Sullivan to the line. Sullivan left the first free-throw short and rattled in the second, leaving the door open for the Lions.
Sophomore Alex Rosenberg threw up an off-balance shot to draw a foul with three seconds remaining, and sank both foul shots to even the score, 58-58.
The Bears raced the ball to midcourt and called timeout, where they drew up a perfectly executed in-bounds play to Halpern on the right wing, who buried the buzzer-beater to help Brown escape with the win.
In the first half, the Lions used an 11-0 run to erase a five-point deficit and pushed the advantage to 11 at the intermission.
Senior Brian Barbour scored 18 points and recorded a career-high five steals. Lo was also effective with 14 points.
Sullivan finished the game with 17 points, playing the entire 40 minutes.
The Bears knocked down 63.6-percent from the floor in the second half, after shooting just 35.3-percent in the first.
Columbia will finish the 2012-13 season on the road when they take on Harvard on Friday, March 8, and Dartmouth on Saturday, March 9. Both games set for a 7 p.m. tip.