Columbia’s season(s) of discontent

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Columbia University sports had a very Columbia University sports type of week. The men’s basketball team, which looks to have some talent, lost in bizarre fashion against Manhattan, when a 3-point lead in the final seconds turned into a loss after Columbia committed a foul on a 3-pointer. The player made one free throw, missed another and then missed the third on purpose. Manhattan ended up with the offensive rebound, scored and drew a foul. The ensuing free throw — completing a four-point trip — with less than  a second left sealed the victory.

A few nights later Columbia traveled to the likely No. 1 team in the nation, Michigan State. Unbelievably, the Lions led for much of the game and were still tied with 3 minutes to go until apparently forgetting that college basketball instituted a shot clock in 1986. But a 9-point loss against a national power on…

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