March 6, 2010

Columbia Topples Brown, 65-56, In Season’s Final Game

Providence, Rhode Island – Senior Niko Scott scored a game high 22 points to lead Columbia to a Ivy League win over Brown in the final game of the season for both teams. Brown finishes with an 11-20 overall record, 5-9 in the Ivy League, while Columbia finishes at 11-17, 5-9 in Ivy play.

Scott scored 12 of his 22 points in the first half and connected on 7 of 1 field goals overall, including 6 of 8 from behind the three-point arc.

Junior Garrett Leffelman led the Bears with a career high 20 points on 7 of 15 shooting from the field and 4 of 9 shooting from behind the three-point arc.

Brown senior Matt Mullery scored 19 points to lead the Bears, connecting on 6 of 14 field goals and 6 of 7 free throws, while grabbing seven rebounds. Seniors Steve Gruber and Mullery were honored on Senior Night in pre-game ceremonies.

Mullery completed his four-year career as Brown’s 16th all-time leading scorer with 1,134 career points, moving past Russ Tyler, who scored 1,133 career points from 1968-1971.

Both teams looked lethargic in the first half with the Lions leading by as many as six points, 26-20, following a trey by Scott with 56 seconds left in the half. A trey by Brown junior Adrian Williams cut Columbia’s halftime lead to 26-23.

Brown grabbed its first lead of the half, 38-37, on a conventional three-point play by Andrew McCarthy with 12:30 left to play.

Columbia took the lead for good, 50-48, following a driving lay-up by Max Craig with 5:41 left in the game. Mullery’s trey with 4:52 remaining cut the Lions’ lead to one point, 52-51, but that was as close as Brown would get as Columbia put the game away over the next four minutes.