Princeton Pulls Away Late, Defeats Columbia 77-66 in New Jersey
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The game was tied at 27 at halftime but Princeton was efficient from the field in the second half and capitalized on its second-chance opportunities to pull away from Columbia in a 77-66 victory over the Lions at Jadwin Gym on Friday night.
Columbia led 27-22 with 1:37 to go after a solid first half but Princeton scored the final five points of the half, including a last-second three-pointer by Mack Darrow that tied the game at 27.
Despite the late first-half Princeton run, Columbia started the second half with some hot shooting from the field. After consecutive buckets by Mark Cisco and Meiko Lyles, the Lions led 35-32 with 16 minutes left to play.
Columbia still led 39-37 on two free throws by Brian Barbour, who paced the Lions with 22 points and four assists on the night. But Douglas Davis made a jumper on Princeton's next possession and Darrow canned another three-pointer to put the Tigers ahead 42-39 with 12 minutes left.
Barbour found Cisco for a mid-range jumper on the baseline with 10:58 to play to cut Princeton's lead to 44-42 but the Tigers scored the next seven points to gain a cushion they would hold for the rest of the game.
Chris Crockett's three ball made it a 68-61 game at the two-minute mark. Columbia forced a missed three-pointer on Princeton's next possession but Darrow was there again for the putback to put the Tigers back up by nine.
Blaise Staab finished with 12 points and six rebounds, four offensive rebounds, in his first start since the first month of the season. Crockett finished with 11, including three triples.
"Our offense was good enough to win tonight," head coach Kyle Smith said after the game. "We just didn't get enough stops."
Davis led Princeton with 20 and Darrow's 19 were a career high off the bench. Ian Hummer scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half.
The Lions are back in action on Saturday, February 18 at Penn in Philadelphia at 7 p.m.
Columbia shot 46 percent from the field but Princeton hit on 51.1 percent of its shots, including 60.9 percent in the second half ... Princeton outrebounded Columbia 30-25 ... it was the first time the Lions have been outrebounded in Ivy League play ... the Tigers made 23 of their 27 free throws ... Columbia made 15 of 20 from the foul line ... Barbour scored in double figures for the 11th straight game ... Crockett hit double figures for the second time in three games ... Van Green scored six points in 12 minutes ... the game was televised nationwide on ESPNU.