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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

Men's Basketball's Second Half Rally Comes Up Short; Lions Fall to St. John's, 65-59

Courtesy: Associated Press
          Release: 12/28/2013
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. (AP) - D'Angelo Harrison scored 15 points and Orlando Sanchez had 12 points and nine rebounds to lead St. John's to a 65-59 victory over Columbia on Saturday in the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival at Barclays Center.

Grant Mullins had 17 points for Columbia (7-6), which had won two straight and three of four.

St. John's seemed to be on its way to a comfortable win, leading 48-34 with 14:16 to play. But the Lions went on a 17-2 run to take a brief lead after a traditional 3-point play by Alex Rosenberg with 7:25 to play.

The Red Storm followed Columbia's big run by scoring the next nine points - four by Sampson - to regain control of the game.

Columbia did get within four points twice, the last at 63-59 with 16 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Meiko Lyles.

The Lions used the 17-2 run to take a 51-50 lead - their first since the game's first 3 minutes - with 7:25 to play. They hit three 3-pointers as they scored 13 straight points after St. John's had taken their biggest lead of the game, 48-34, with 14:16 left.

Grant Mullins had 17 points for Columbia (7-6), which had won two straight and three of four.

The Lions used the 17-2 run to take a 51-50 lead - their first since the game's first 3 minutes - with 7:25 to play. They hit three 3-pointers as they scored 13 straight points after St. John's had taken their biggest lead of the game, 48-34, with 14:16 left.

Columbia had given a scare to then-No. 1 Michigan State in November, trailing by a couple of points with minutes to go before losing 62-53.

''It's hard to guard us the whole 40 minutes,'' Columbia coach Kyle Smith said. ''We took advantage of some breaks and got the lead and then they made the plays they do well.''

It was St. John's 13th consecutive win in the series which the Red Storm lead 18-7.

St. John's came into the game leading the nation with 9.6 blocked shots per game. The Red Storm had eight Saturday with Sampson and Sir'Dominic Pointer getting three each.

''I learned it's hard to finish around the rim against guys like that,'' said Mullins, who was 5 for 14 from the field including 3 of 7 from 3-point range. ''Personally I should have started to (penetrate) earlier in the game. I had to adjust to their length.'

Rosenberg finished with 13 points, extending his streak of double-figure scoring to eight games. Luke Petrasek pitched in 12 points, including a highlight-reel dunk in the first half, and five boards.

St. John's came into the game leading the nation with 9.6 blocked shots per game. The Red Storm had eight Saturday with Sampson and Sir'Dominic Pointer getting three each.

The Lions pay a visit to Colgate on Monday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. Catch all the action with a live audio stream on the Ivy League Digital Network.

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