February 10, 2007

Columbia Upends Bears, 77-68

Feb. 10, 2007

Box Score

New York, New York - Junior forward John Baumann scored 21 points and sophomore guard KJ Matsui added 18 points to lead Columbia to a 77-68 Ivy League victory over Brown at Levien Gymnasium.

The loss drops the Bears to 7-16 overall and 2-6 in the Ivy League, while Columbia extended its record to 13-9, 4-4 in the Ivy League.

With the score tied 21-21, Columbia forward John Baumann connected on his second straight shot from behind the three-point to give the Lions the lead for good, 24-21, with 2:43 left in the half. Columbia extended its lead to five points, 28-23, with 30 seconds to play in the half, on a dunk by Bauman, his 10th straight point for the Lions. Bears' junior Damon Huffman converted two free throws with 11 seconds left in the half to get the Bears within three points, 28-25, at intermission.

Columbia took control of the game by scoring the first seven points of the second half to pull ahead by a 35-25 margin at the 17:42 mark. The Lions continued their offensive surge and lead by as many as 17 points in the second half, 65-47, on a three-point basket by Matsui with 5:17 left in the game.

The Bears were led once again by the strong play of junior guard Mark McAndrew, the Ivy League's top scorer, who tossed in a game high 26 points. McAndrew connected on 6 of 10 field goals, including 4 of 7 from behind the three-point arc. He also converted 10 of 10 free throws after having his streak of 29 consecutive free throws broken last night against Cornell.

Huffman also stepped up with 20 points on 6 of 13 shooting from the field, including 4 of 8 from behind the three-point arc. Huffman made 4 of 5 free throws, as the Bears connected on 22 of 24 shots from the charity stripe.

Baumann connected on 8 of 11 field goals and all three of his three-point attempts, while grabbing a game high nine rebounds. Matsui hit 5 of 9 field goals and was 4 of 7 from behind the three-point arc. Freshman guard Patrick Foley scored 14 points and handed out a game high 7 assists for the Lions.

The Bears return to Providence for four straight home games, starting next Friday and Saturday, February 16-17, against Harvard and Dartmouth. Both games start at 7:00 p.m. at the Pizzitola Sports Center.