Columbia: The Lions” historic season continues after a 14-0 second half run turned a 51-45 deficit into a 59-51 lead. Yielding only five points to Eastern Michigan in the game”s final nine minutes, Columbia finally figured out how to stop the Eagles” main weapon, Raven Lee (26 pts). Lee went 1-8 down the stretch as the Lions took the lead for good.
Alex Rosenberg finished with 15 points and 7 assists, while Cory Osetkowski went for 10 timely points and 7 rebounds. In the backcourt, Maodo Lo scored 15 points, while Steve Frankoski added 11 off the bench, nailing three treys.
The Lions move on to face a familiar foe, the Yale Bulldogs, in the CIT Quarterfinals on Wednesday night at Levien.
Yale: The Bulldogs went into Worcester, home of the Patriot League”s third place finishers, Holy Cross, and emerged with a hard-fought victory. Justin Sears led the way with 18 points as the Elis turned a three point halftime deficit into a 71-66 win.
The game was in doubt down to the final moments. With 1:13 to go, Armani Cotton stepped into a big three that put Yale up 68-66. Holy Cross then missed three shots before Yale secured possession with :08 to go. Javier Duren hit one of two, giving the Crusaders one final shot to tie. The attempt was off though, and Duren hit two free throws to provide the final margin.
With the win, James Jones has now won 207 games as the head man in New Haven, passing Joe Vancisin as the all-time winningest coach in Yale history.
The Bulldogs will travel to Levien for the second time this year on Wednesday for the CIT quarterfinals, looking to reverse the 62-46 February defeat that started Yale on its end-of-season skid.