March 5, 2004
New York, New York - Brown had its Ivy League title hopes dashed by Columbia Friday night, falling to the Lions, 81-74, eliminating the Bears from the Ivy title chase. The loss dropped the Bears into third place in the Ivy standings with a 9-4 league mark, 13-13 overall.
With first place Princeton (11-1 Ivy) beating Harvard Friday night, the Bears can finish no higher than second place. Penn remains in contention with a 9-3 Ivy record.
Trailing 32-21 with 5:00 left in the first half, Jason Forte's running jumper gave Brown the lead and sparked a 12-4 Brown spurt that propelled the Bears to a 43-36 halftime lead. Forte scored 12 points in the first half, including nine in the final five minutes.
Columbia came out firing on all cylinders in the second half, outscoring the Bears by an 18-1 margin to grab a 54-44 lead with 14:20 remaining on a layup by junior Matt Land. Brown launched a major comeback to pull to within one point of the Lions, 65-64, on a layup by freshman Marcus Becker. But that was as close as Brown would get, as the Lions pulled away for the victory.
The cold shooting Bears were held to just 28 percent second half shooting from three point range, connecting on 4 of 14 treys.
The Bears were led by Forte, who scored 19 points and handed out a game high eight assists. Senior Mike Martin also connected for 19 points, hitting 4 of 11 shots from three-point range. Senior Jaime Kilburn tossed-in 14 points while Powers added 13 points for the Bears.
Powers established a new single season Brown record for three point baskets with 74, eclipsing the previous record of 72 treys set by Brian Lloyd in 1994. Powers broke the record with his second trey of the game, at the 8:09 mark of the first half.
Junior forward Matt Preston led Columbia with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Tito Hill netted 15 points and Land added 13 points.
The Bears, looking for their fourth straight winning season for the first time ever, will have to wait another game to reach the milestone, as the Bears conclude their regular season tonight in Ithaca, New York, against Cornell, a team who sent the Bears to one of their three Ivy losses earlier in the season.