February 25th, 2012 | Sports

M. BASKETBALL | Elis put away Columbia

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Photo by Jacob Geiger.

Two weeks ago the Bulldogs overcame a large deficit at Columbia to clinch a one point victory. The Lions were unable to do the same in New Haven tonight.

Yale (18-7, 8-3 Ivy) held on to win 75-67 over Columbia (14-13, 3-8 Ivy) after coughing up a 20-5 lead in the first half.

After tying at five in the first two and a half minutes, the Elis scored 15 straight points. Forward Greg Mangano ’12 scored eight of those 15 points.

The Lions cut the Elis’ lead to 30-22 at the half, then tied it at 56 with 6:06 left in the second half.

Columbia guard Brian Barbour led the comeback on his way to 21 points and eight assists for the night.

The Bulldogs were hurt when Mangano and Jeremiah Kreisberg ’14 both got into foul trouble with four personal fouls, but Lion big men Mark Cisco and Corey Osetkowski both fouled out.

Mangano led the Elis with 22 points, and captain Reggie Willhite ’12 scored 20 for the Bulldogs. Guard Austin Morgan ’13 and forward Brandon Sherrod ’15 were also in double-digits with 14 and ten points, respectively.

Yale hit nine of ten free throws in the final two minutes to secure the victory.

Tonight Yale will host Cornell at the Lee Amphitheater at 7:00pm.