|Points||Luke Petrasek (18)||Steven Spieth (20)|
|Rebounds||Lukas Meisner (4)||Joshua Howard (10)|
|Assists||Two tied with 4||Brandon Anderson (7)|
|Steals||Two tied with 2||Steven Spieth (3)|
|Blocks||Lukas Meisner (1)||Joshua Howard (2)|
Despite the loss, Columbia (11-15) received some help to stay in the running for the fourth and final Ivy League Tournament spot. Dartmouth held off Penn, 76-74, at the Palestra to keep the Quakers and Lions tied at 5-8 in the Ancient Eight standings. Columbia will visit Yale for their regular season finale Saturday, March 4, at 7 p.m. on the Ivy League Digital Network. Penn takes on Harvard in its regular season finale.
The simplest way for Columbia to reach the No. 4 seed, is a win against the Bulldogs and have the Crimson defeat the Quakers. If Penn and Columbia both win tomorrow, the Lions would need a Dartmouth win over Princeton OR a victory by Brown (over Cornell). If both Penn and Columbia lose, the Lions can still partake in Ivy Madness with a Princeton win.
After a back-and-forth start, Steven Spieth capped a 10-0 run with a trey from the wing to put the Bears up 19-10 with 12:53 remaining. However, the Lions battled back with Jake Killingsworth scoring all eight of his first-half points in a span of 2:04 to bring Columbia within three at the 9:12 mark.
From there, Brown outscored Columbia 26-6 to take a 51-28 advantage in the locker room.
The Lions came out aggressive in the second half and went into 1-and-1 bonus with 12:49 left in the game. A Rodney Hunter dunk pulled Columbia within 63-51 with 10:37 left, but the Bears answered with a 14-2 run to put the game away.
Brown outrebounded Columbia 46-21 and converted on 14-of-29 (48.3 percent) attempts from 3-point range. Spieth led all players with 20 points to go with eight rebounds. Joshua Howard added 12 points and 10 boards.
- The Lions knocked down eight 3-pointers on the night to bring its monthly total to $1,416 for the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge. Fans can pledge a dollar amount for every triple Columbia makes in February or make a one-time donation. All funds will benefit the Relay for Life walk at Columbia on April 1. To donate, click here.
- Brown snapped a six-game losing streak against the Lions.
- Petrasek moved up to 24th place on Columbia’s career scoring list and has 1,030 points.
- Lukas Meisner returned to action after missing the last five games due to injury. He led the Lions with four rebounds in 15 minutes of action.