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Men’s Basketball Beats Brown, Moves to 2nd in League

 – Columbia University Athletics

Looking better each weekend, the Columbia men’s basketball team won its third game in a row (and sixth in seven), holding off Brown 70-57. Junior guard Pat Foley scored a career-high 21 points, and freshman guard Noruwa Agho added 17 more, including 14 in the second half, to lead the team to an important victory at the start of a four-game, two-weekend road trip.

Even more impressively, the Lions remain in strong contention for the Ivy League title. Tonight’s win, combined with Cornell’s loss at Yale, puts the Lions (6-3) only one game behind Cornell (7-2)  in the standings, with five games left in the season. Although Cornell holds the tiebreaker by virtue of having beaten Columbia twice to start the year, the Big Red have lost two of their last three away games, and could easily stumble down the stretch.  

For the Lions, tomorrow night’s game at Yale (5-4) will be critical; last time, at home, Columbia won 53-42 behind strong 2nd half defense and a double-double from forward Jason Miller. You can watch (yes, watch!) the action on the YES network tomorrow night at 7.


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  • FUCK says:

    @FUCK We just got our asses kicked in the 2nd half. We built a 9 point lead then went cold and ended up losing by 7 to Yale.

  • Editor says:

    @Editor You are correct. Columbia would need to win out and have Cornell lose twice to get into the NCAA tournament. Everything gets a lot more interesting if we lose one more and Cornell still loses 2 because then there could be a 3-4 team playoff.

    In the case where we end up at 3 losses with Cornell, they would get the NCAA autobid and we would get an NIT autobid.

  • alum says:

    @alum I’m super excited for Columbia basketball now…

  • Roar Lions Roar says:

    @Roar Lions Roar I want nothing more than to fill in my March Madness Bracket with columbia pulling off a first round upset and then getting massacred by a top seed.

    That would complete my collegiate experience!

    Please demolish yale.

  • Yes says:

    @Yes Any time there is a tie the teams are co-champs, but only one of them gets the bid to the NCAA tournament (I believe the other, when it comes to basketball, gets an automatic bid to the NIT).

  • If you says:

    @If you go to Ivy League Sports’ website, there is a list of champions. It appears that there have been co-champs in the past (last time in 2002)

  • sweeeeeeeeeeet says:

    @sweeeeeeeeeeet yayayayay!GO LIONS

  • Oh yeah says:

    @Oh yeah you’re right. It was the Houston Comets that folded and it was a big deal b/c they were best franchise in the league.

  • In the Know says:

    @In the Know By the way, there is no “tiebreaker” in the Ivy League – if Columbia and Cornell were to tie, regardless of the fact that Cornell won twice, they would still play a playoff game to determine the champions.

    1. Says who? says:

      @Says who? In the fall the men’s and women’s Ivy League soccer champions were co-champs and the team that had won the head-to-head matchup was given the league’s automatic bid. There’s no playoff in soccer, why would there be one in basketball? In the past there has been a playoff in the case of ties where the teams have split the season series, but that wouldn’t be the case here.

  • normal student says:

    @normal student here’s the obligatory “who cares”

  • where says:

    @where is the post about the women’s basketball team winning?
    they won by over thirty points. and the game finished before this post was made, so there’s no excuse!

    1. yes but says:

      @yes but who really cares?

    2. I'm sorry says:

      @I'm sorry to sound like a chauvinist pig but men’s bball is only 1 game behind first place while the women’s team needs a spectacular collapse from both Dartmouth and Harvard in order to win the championship. Plus no one cares about women’s bball. That’s why there’s no more WNBA.

      1. EAL says:

        @EAL Well done, lads! Let’s beat the Elis tomorrow night!

        Roar, Lion, Roar!

      2. Correction says:

        @Correction Not that it matters, but there is still a WNBA. The women’s bball game tonight was nice and well attended, but the magnitude of the men’s win combined with a Cornell loss is HUGE.

  • Roar-ee says:

    @Roar-ee Hell yeah!

  • This is awesome says:

    @This is awesome kick some ass guys. Obama v Bush. The momentum is with us. How many games left in the season?

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