Cisco's Jumper with Three Seconds Left Lifts Lions to 64-62 Win over Dartmouth
HANOVER, N.H -- With the game tied at 62 and the clock winding down in regulation, Brian Barbour and Mark Cisco executed a perfect pick and roll and Cisco drained a go-ahead baseline jumper to give Columbia a 64-62 road win over Dartmouth on Friday night.
All game, the margin between the two teams never exceeded six points. The Lions led by six with 16 minutes left when Barbour found Blaise Staab for a fast-break layup but Dartmouth scored the next five points to get it to a 41-40 game with 13:43 remaining.
The Lions pushed their lead back to five points, 49-44, on two free throws by Alex Rosenberg at the 10:31 mark and still led by five on a Van Green three-pointer with seven minutes left that gave Columbia a 54-49 lead.
Dartmouth then deliberately came back, tying the game at 56 on a jumper in the lane by John Golden. Dartmouth's Jvonte Brooks then sank two foul shots with 3:28 left to give the Big Green their first lead since it was 14-12 midway through the first half.
Dartmouth still led by two, 62-60, when Barbour was fouled in the backcourt with 49 seconds left. The Lions' point guard coolly made both from the line to tie the game at 62, the sixth time the score was tied in the second half.
Columbia forced a miss by Gabas Maldunas with 32 seconds left and the Lions had the ball with the shot clock turned off. After a timeout with 24.4 seconds left, Barbour dribbled the ball just over the midcourt line as the Lions held for one final shot.
With eight seconds on the clock, Cisco set a screen at the three-point line for Barbour, who drove into the paint. Cisco then rolled to the baseline as Barbour drew both defenders toward him and fired a pass to far corner, where Cisco stood 15 feet away. The 6-9 center then rose up and drained the baseline jumper as the Lions' bench erupted and Columbia held a 64-62 advantage.
A last-second desperation heave by Dartmouth was off the mark and Columbia picked up its first Ivy League road win of the year, improving its record to 13-8 and 2-3 in the league.
Cisco matched his career high with 18 points, set three times during the last month. He made seven of eight shots from the field and grabbed six rebounds in 25 minutes of action, playing through early foul trouble.
Barbour finished with 13 points and four assists and Green added a career-best 10 points, making all three of his shots from the field, including a pair of triples.
For Dartmouth, Brooks led the way with 17 points and eight rebounds. Off the bench, David Rufful had 14 and R.J. Griffin scored 13 points for the Big Green.
Columbia is back in action on Saturday, February 4 at #23 Harvard in Boston at 7 p.m. The Crimson, riding a 24-game home win streak, defeated Cornell 71-60 on Friday night.
Columbia made 56.3 percent from the field in the second half ... the Lions hit 17 of 19 free throws, including 14 of 15 in the second half ... Columbia's last six games have been decided by five points or fewer ... the Lions have won the last three games vs. Dartmouth ... Meiko Lyles finished with nine points and a season-high six rebounds ... Alex Rosenberg had five points, four rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots and a steal ... Mark Cisco's blocked shot moved him into 10th place all-time on the Columbia career blocked shots list, past Craig Austin '02 ... Brian Barbour's four assists moved him into 20th place all-time in career assists, past former teammate Patrick Foley '10 ... Columbia's six blocked shots were a season high ... the Lions outrebounded Dartmouth 30-27 ... Columbia had 14 assists on 21 field goals ... the Lions are now 7-4 on the road this season.