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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard shot 55.6 percent in the second half to erase a six-point halftime deficit and come away with a 56-51 win over the Columbia men's basketball team on Friday night. The Lions (12-15, 4-9) were led by sophomore Alex Rosenberg and first-year Grant Mullins, who each posted 14 points.
Brian Barbour chipped in 11 points, while Mark Cisco grabbed a game-high 11
rebounds (six offensive).
raced out to a 9-2 lead just over five minutes in after Rosenberg drained an
off-balance jumper from the left corner. Laurent Rivard pulled the Crimson (18-9,
10-3) within three points after knocking down a three, but Cisco and John
Daniels scored on back-to-back putbacks to bring the lead back up to 16-9 with
10:35 left in the period.
team scored for the next several minutes until a brief 4-0 rally by Harvard
with 3:32 to go in the half to make it a three-point game. Once again, the
Lions remained poised under pressure and Rosenberg came up with a key triple
with the shot clock winding down to extend the margin back up to eight and
Columbia remained in front, 28-22, at the break.
Crimson made a furious comeback early in the second half, tying the score off a
steal and finish by Siyani Chambers just over three minutes into the frame.
Wesley Saunders gave Harvard its first lead of the game with a three on the
left wing, but Mullins quickly answered with a layup to put the Lions back on
top, 36-35, at the 13:43 mark.
four-straight scored by the Crimson, Columbia went on an 8-2 spurt, highlighted
by great work on the offensive glass by Cisco and Daniels, to give the Lions a
44-41 lead with 7:36 on the clock. Mullins later made it, 49-45 with 6:00 to go
after a triple before Harvard’s final rally.
Mondou-Missi cut the deficit in half with a pair of free-throws with 1:22
remaining and forced a miss on the other end. Chambers broke free in transition
and completed the traditional three-point play with a layup and foul shot to
put Harvard in front, 50-49, with 40 ticks on the clock.
then came up with a steal on an inbounds pass and threw down a dunk to
effectively put the game out of reach.
held a 32-26 edge in rebounds and scored 16 second-chance points on 14
Chambers led Harvard with 16 points, while Saunders scored 15.
Columbia will close out the 2012-13 season at Dartmouth on Saturday, March 9, at 7 p.m