Columbia Drops Season Finale to Dartmouth, 64-58
HANOVER, N.H. - The Columbia men's basketball team fell to Dartmouth, 64-58, in its season-finale on Saturday night. Senior Brian Barbour led the Lions (12-16, 4-10) with 17 points in his final collegiate game.
Barbour finished his career with 1,216 points to rank ninth on Columbia's all-time list.
Columbia led from the get-go, taking a 9-4 lead after a trey from Brian Barbour with 15:42 left in the half. The Big Green (9-19, 5-9) used a 9-2 run to grab a 13-11 advantage just under five minutes later until Mullins erupted for all 10 of his first half points to spark a 12-0 outburst to put the Lions on top by eight with 8:02 before the break.
Connor Boehm's wild turnaround jumper with 5:07 made it 22-20, but scored the next four points to make it a two-possession game once again and Columbia took a 33-27 cushion into the locker room.
Dartmouth converted on 10-of-16 attempts from the floor (62.5 percent), but turned it over 11 times, leading to 14 points off of its miscues.
The Big Green went to work quickly in the second half, using an 11-2 run by Alex Mitola to jump in front by three with 16:37 remaining in the half.
Mullins canned his third triple of the game to put the score back in favor of the Lions, 40-38, with 13:34 to go, but Malik Gill answered on the other end with a rainbow 3-pointer to swing the momentum back to Dartmouth.
Columbia tied the score off a Skylar Scrivano layup with 5:33 on the clock and Barbour hit a short jumper to put the Lions on top, 52-51, with 4:15 remaining before Mitola hit a deep two to prevent a bigger rally.
The Big Green knocked down four straight free-throws to extend the margin to 57-52 with 1:47 on the clock, and Columbia could only pull within three down the stretch.
Mitola finished with 21 points with five 3-pointers and shot 6-for-8 from the floor. Gabas Maldunas posted 16 points and nine boards for Dartmouth.
Dartmouth cut down on the turnovers in the second half, committing just four and continued to shoot it well, finishing at 54.3 percent. For the second straight night, the Lions were strong on the offensive boards, holding 12-3 advantage in the category.