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ELON, N.C. - Despite falling behind 15-0 to start the game, the Columbia men's basketball team fought back to force overtime but fell 68-65 at Elon on Sunday. Junior Alex Rosenberg scored 19 points, including the game-tying 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left, to lead the Lions (4-4).
Trailing the entire way and by seven points with 4:42 remaining in the second half, Columbia made its final push, cutting the deficit to 57-54 after a Rosenberg layup with 2:00 to go. The Lions then forced a pair of turnovers, but could not get any closer due to stout defense by the Phoenix (4-4).
However, Elon kept the Lions in the game by missing two front ends of 1-and-1’s to set up Rosenberg’s off-balance trey from the right wing with 0.4 seconds left in regulation to force the extra session.
The teams traded buckets over the first 1:45 of overtime before both offenses stalled. Lucas Troutman converted on a tough hook shot with 31 seconds to push the Phoenix lead back up to 65-61 with 31 seconds remaining.
Lo answered with a big triple with 15 seconds left to make it a one-point ball game and Elon knocked down two from the charity stripe three seconds lataer. On the ensuing possession, Mullins was fouled with his foot on the 3-point line with just four ticks to go and was awarded two shots. The sophomore made the first and missed the second on purpose, but the Phoenix pulled down the rebound.
After making 1-of-2, Cory Osetkowski threw a long pass just beyond half court to Luke Petrasek, who fired a long three that was way off the mark to end the game.
The Lions did not get on the board until a Lo layup with 10:49 left in the first half. Despite the sluggish start, Columbia dug in defensively and climbed back to pull within 17-11 after a pair of free throws by Isaac Cohen.
A 7-0 run, five of which scored by Alex Rosenberg, made it a three-point game at the 1:33 mark, but a late trey by Austin Hamilton gave the Phoenix a 29-24 advantage at the break.
The Lions scored the first five points of the second half to knot things up and stayed within striking distance the rest of the way.
Mullins scored 13 points, all after halftime, and Osetkowski posted 10 points, five rebounds and three assists while battling with Troutman in the paint all afternoon.
Troutman posted 16 points, seven rebounds and five blocks for Elon. Austin Hamilton led the club with 16 points.
The Lions return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 4, when they host Army at Levien Gymnasium at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here or fans can catch all the action on the Ivy League Digital Network.