The Princeton men's basketball team has defeated Columbia 20 straight times in Jadwin Gymnasium, but not all of those 20 have been easy.
This one sure wasn't.
Columbia was as close as three points inside the final minute before Princeton sealed a 72-66 win Saturday night, giving the Tigers their 20th straight home Ivy League win, a streak that dates back to 2010.
With Harvard's double-overtime win over Brown Saturday night, the Crimson and the Tigers are the only two league-undefeated teams in the Ivy and are at least two games clear in the loss column of every other league team, just three or four games into the league season.
Princeton will host Brown and Yale next weekend in Jadwin Gym, completing their run of five straight Ivy League games to start the league season. Princeton has won six of its last seven overall.
The Tigers built a lead as large as 14 points midway through the first half, at which time Princeton was 5 for 5 from beyond the 3-point line. Princeton finished the half 7 of 7 from beyond the arc, but the Tigers needed a late basket by Denton Koon to take a one-point lead into the locker room at halftime, 37-36.
Princeton never trailed again, though the Lions never went away. The game's last tie was at 50-50 just past the midway point of the second half, and Princeton grew its lead as large as seven points inside of the final two minutes.
Columbia lost despite turning the ball over only three times in the entire game while Princeton had 10 giveaways, below its season average of 12.7 a game.
T.J. Bray led Princeton with 17 points as one of four Tigers in double figures, moving Princeton to 6-0 on the season when he reaches double digits in scoring. Ian Hummer had 16 points to go along with 12 for Koon and 10 for Will Barrett.
Maodo Lo led Columbia with 16 points, while Mark Cisco chipped in 11.
• Columbia's last win in Jadwin Gym was in 1993.
• Princeton's last loss in the Ivy League in Jadwin Gym came on Feb. 20, 2010 to Brown. The Tigers have won 20 Ivy games in a row at home since that loss.
• The current Ivy League home win streak is the program's longest since winning 26 straight from 1996-99.
• Princeton's seniors are now 22-2 at home in Ivy League play.
• Princeton's seniors have never lost to Columbia, nor have they lost to Dartmouth, the only other Ivy League team against which the Class of 2013 has a perfect record. The Tiger seniors have a winning record against all seven Ivy League opponents.
• Princeton shot .521 from the field on the weekend against Cornell and Columbia.
• Princeton has shot better than 50 percent from the field in six games this season.
• Ian Hummer passed assistant coach Brian Earl '99 for sixth place on the career scoring list, now at 1,440 points. Hummer is one point behind Craig Robinson '83 for fifth place, and 11 points behind Pete Campbell '62 for fourth place.
• Hummer tied a career high with seven assists.
• Hummer set a career high with 12 free throws, going 12 of 14 from the line. His previous best was nine at UNC Greensboro in 2009.