Bears Toppled By Columbia, 89-82

Desmond Cambridge '21
Desmond Cambridge '21


New York, NY – Brown came up short in the battle for fourth place in the Ivy standings, falling to Columbia, 89-82, Saturday evening at Levien Gymnasium. Freshman Desmond Cambridge (Nashville, TN) paced the Bears (11-13, 4-7 Ivy) with 26 points, while Mike Smith had 24 points for the Lions (8-16, 5-6 Ivy).


The two teams came into tonight's game in a three-way tie, with Cornell, for fourth place in the Ivy standings. Columbia emerged in fourth place with the win and a Cornell loss to Yale.


The marathon game had 55 fouls called with Columbia converting 33-of-38 free throws and Brown connecting on 25-of-34 free throws.


Cambridge posted his first career double-double with a game high 26 points and a career high 10 rebounds. He converted 13-of-17 free throws, but was able to connect on 5-of-14 field goals.


Brown sophomore Brandon Anderson (Mahwah, NJ) scored 23 points and handed out four assists, while freshman Tamenang Choh (Lowell, MA) pulled down a career high 12 rebounds, while adding six points before fouling out with 1:35 left on the clock.


Sophomore Joshua Howard (Charlotte, NC), sophomore Zach Hunsaker (Orem, UT) and junior Obi Okolie (Ajax, Ontario) added seven points each for the Bears.


Smith, who connected on 13-of-14 free throws, led four Columbia double figure scorers. Freshman Gabe Stefanini had 19 points, Nate Hickman 16 points and Quinton Adlesh 10 points for the Lions.


Columbia held a 36-33 lead at the half, and out-scored the Bears 28-16 to build a 15-point advantage, 64-49, following two free throws by Smith with 10:29 left in the game.


The Lions' biggest lead came at the 8:34 mark, 69-53, when Stefanini connected on a trey.


Brown chipped away at the lead and trailed 80-75 with 2:02 left on a Hunsaker layup. The Bears later drew to within four points, 82-78, on a three-point play by Anderson with 1:27 left.


Columbia went back up by seven points, 86-79, but Okolie's trey drew the Bears to within four points once again, 86-82, with 25 seconds remaining.  The Lions hit 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch for the final margin of victory.



Brown opened up a 19-11 lead in the opening seven minutes with Cambridge scoring 10 of the 19 points.


With Brown holding its biggest lead, 28-19, following a basket by Okolie at the 6:35 mark, Columbia went on a 14-0 run for a 33-28 advantage, capped off by a trey by Stefanini with 2:27 left in the half.


Brown will close out its road schedule tomorrow evening in Ithaca, NY, in a match-up with Cornell.  Tip-off is 6:00 pm on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network.