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Men's Hoops Sweeps Second Straight Ivy Weekend, Tops Columbia 74-64

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 03/08/2014
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Game 27: Princeton at Columbia

(19-8, 7-6)

Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014
Levien Gym • New York, N.Y.

(19-12, 8-6)

Box Score | Postgame video | Highlights

Princeton trailed only after the game's first basket, but that doesn't mean Saturday night's 74-64 win over Columbia was easy.

The Tigers got out to a 10-point lead midway through the first half, and Columbia gobbled up the gap. It got to nine later in the half, and back came Columbia again. Even when the Princeton lead got back to double digits and stayed that way into the final two minutes, Columbia kept chipping away, getting as close as eight points in the final minute of play.

Ultimately, in a battle of teams playing for a 20-win season, Princeton will retain the chance to reach the milestone Tuesday night against Penn, while Columbia can only hope to do so in the postseason. Princeton last won 20 games just two years ago, while a Columbia win would have put the Lions at 20 for the first time since 1970.

  FGM-A 3FGM-A FTM-A Reb. O-D-T Ast. TO Blk. Stl.

25-59 (.424)
6-21 (.286)
8-12 (.667)
8 2 5
24-53 (.453)
6-17 (.353)
20-28 (.714)
9 3 5

  Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks 3FGs

Maodo Lo (22)
Meiko Lyles (8)
Lo/Lyles (4)
Maodo Lo (2)
Osetkowski/Coby (1)
Maodo Lo (3)
T.J. Bray (25)
Cook/Brase (7)
T.J. Bray (4)
T.J. Bray (3)
Steven Cook (2)
Clay Wilson (2)

25: T.J. Bray delivered again, going 8 of 12 from the field and 8 of 12 from the line for 25 points along with four assists as he brought the Tigers one game closer to 20 wins.

Clay Wilson had a nifty move under the basket to give himself 16 points on the night and stake Princeton to a 14-point lead with 95 seconds to go. Try as Columbia did, the lead proved insurmountable.


• The head-to-head battle for the Ivy scoring title between T.J. Bray and Columbia's Alex Rosenberg went Bray's way, at least for now. Bray outscored Rosenberg 25-14, chipping 11 points off Rosenberg's lead, which he now shares with Yale's Justin Sears. If Bray can score 23 points against Penn Tuesday night, he'll be the first Tiger to be the official Ivy League scoring champion (which counts Ivy games only) since Brian Taylor '84 in 1972.

• As coincidence would have it, 23 points Tuesday night will also give Bray 1,000 for his career, making him the 30th Tiger to join the club. He rocketed past 400 points on the season tonight, now standing at 421, becoming the 30th player in program history to score 400 points in a season.

• Clay Wilson surpassed his career high with 16 points last night at Cornell and he equaled it tonight. Wilson, a junior, broke out this weekend to score 32, or 18.9 percent, of his 169 career points just on this Cornell-Columbia trip.

• T.J. Bray reached the 20-point mark for a third straight game for the first time in his Tiger career. Of his 12 career 20-point games, 10 have come this season.

• Steven Cook had 12 points, one off the freshman's career high of 13 set against Cornell on Feb. 8.

The finale will bring Penn to Jadwin Gym Tuesday at 8 p.m. as the back half of a doubleheader with the women's team
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