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.
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.