NEW YORK – T.J. Bray scored 25 points to lead Princeton past Columbia, 74-64, in both teams’ regular season finale. Despite the loss, the Lions finish 19-12 overall, which makes them postseason eligible. Its 8-6 Ivy League record will give Columbia at least share of third place (Princeton plays Penn on Mar. 11) in the conference standings, the highest for the program since 2000.
The Tigers (19-8, 7-6) used a 9-0 run to take a 21-11 lead with 9:11 left in the first half. The Lions pulled within one, utilizing the pick and roll for easy layups, and Isaac Cohen made it 23-22 with a reverse layup at the 4:24 mark.
However, Princeton outscored Columbia, 9-2, from that point on to take an eight point lead into the break.
Osetkowski notched the first five Lion points of the second half to trim the deficit to 34-29 with 17:42 left in regulation. Columbia remained two possessions down for the next several minutes until the Tigers rattled off eight-straight to make it, 46-33, with 13:14 to go.
Princeton took its largest lead of the game, 55-39, with 5:52 on the clock and hit big shot after big shot as the Lions tried to storm back.
Columbia had seven offensive rebounds and were plus-seven on the glass in the first half, but the Tigers adjusted in the final frame and finished with a 36-34 edge in the rebounding department.
Postseason announcements will be determined on Sunday, March 16 and Monday, March 17.