Second-Half Rally Leads Columbia Past Yale

Jan. 30, 2009

Box Score

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Friday's Yale-Columbia game figured to be a defensive battle. The Bulldogs entered the night second in the Ivy League in scoring defense, while the Lions were third. The game lived up to its billing as both teams shot under 40 percent, and in the end it was Columbia that was just a bit stingier. The Lions held Yale to three points over the final 7:33 en route to a 53-42 victory before a crowd of 1,216 at Levien Gym.

Jason Miller scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace the Lions (6-11, 1-2 Ivy). Patrick Foley added 12 points and Noruwa Agho had 10 points.

Garrett Fiddler scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds to pace the Bulldogs, who suffered their first Ivy loss of the season. Travis Pinick had seven points, five rebounds and two steals. Chris Andrews scored five points. Yale's top two scorers - Ross Morin and Alex Zampier - were held to four points apiece.

Pinick's jumper gave the Bulldogs a 39-35 lead with 7:33 left. The Lions, though, answered with a 12-0 run, capped by two Foley free throws with 53 seconds remaining. Columbia scored its last eight points from the foul line.

The loss snapped Yale's five-game winning streak.

The Bulldogs (7-10, 2-1 Ivy) played a solid first half. They led 9-4 after Porter Braswell's layup with 14:18 left and then closed the half with a 10-2 run, capped by a Zampier layup, to take a 27-18 lead the intermission.

The Lions pecked away at the lead early in the second half and finally tied the score at 35-35 on Niko Scott's three-pointer with 9:45 left. Columbia took its first lead of the game, 41-39, on Foley layup wth 3:00 remaining.

Yale made only six of 26 shots from the field in the second half and committed 20 turnovers in the game.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Saturday when they travel to defending Ivy League champion Cornell. Tip off is slated for 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity