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Big Second Half Leads Columbia Past Yale

Armani Cotton. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Armani Cotton. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Townsend, Morgan Score 10 Points For Bulldogs In 59-46 Loss

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Columbia's Maodo Lo entered Friday's game with Yale averaging 5.4 points on the season. After 20 minutes, it didn't appear that was going to change much. Lo, though, went off in the second half, scoring 16 of his career-high 20 points to lead the Lions to a 59-46 victory before 2,022 at Levien Gym.

The Bulldogs' shooting struggles on the road continued. Yale shot just 31.1 percent from the field and was 4-of-18 from three-point range. On the season, the Bulldogs shoot 37.3 percent away from home compared to 50.7 percent in the friendly confines of the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Matt Townsend and Austin Morgan paced Yale with 10 points apiece. Greg Kelley and Javier Duren each scored six.

Lo was the only player in double figures for the Lions (12-13, 4-7 Ivy). Alex Rosenberg had nine points and 10 rebounds.

Columbia hurt the Bulldogs inside, outscoring Yale 30-16 in the paint.

The Bulldogs (11-17, 5-6 Ivy) were off from the field right from the start. Yale was 7-of-24 (29.2 percent) in the first half but outscored the Lions 11-1 from the foul line and led 26-21 at the intermission.

Lo scored eight of Columbia's first 12 points of the second half as the Lions rallied to tie the score at 36 with 12:53 left. Columbia then scored the next 11 points to seize control. Michael Grace stopped the run with a free throw, but the Bulldogs never got closer than nine the rest of the way.

Columbia, which has won two straight and has victories over Villanova and Harvard on its resume, shot 65.2 percent (15-of-23) from the field in the second half.

NOTES: Armani Cotton, a New York City native, had a large contingent of family and friends at the game... The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Bulldogs against Columbia… The Lions entered the night second in the Ivy League in scoring defense… Yale shot 62 percent from the field in beating Columbia 75-56 two weeks ago in New Haven… The Lions had a 32-30 edge in rebounding, the first time in eight games the Bulldogs were outrebounded… Townsend grabbed six boards to lead Yale… The Bulldogs play at Cornell on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Big Red lost to Brown 84-65 on Friday.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity