March 9 (Bloomberg) -- Harvard University defeated Columbia University 56-51 to regain the lead in the Ivy League Conference after Princeton University’s 71-66 loss to Yale University in men’s college basketball.
Harvard (18-9, 10-3 Ivy) is a half-game ahead of Princeton (16-10, 9-3) as the teams vie for the conference’s National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament berth. The Crimson ends its season today against Cornell, while the Tigers face Brown today and Pennsylvania on March 12.
Siyani Chambers scored 16 points and Wesley Saunders added 15 for Harvard, which rallied from a six-point halftime deficit last night on the Crimson’s home court at Lavietes Pavilion in Boston.
Alex Rosenberg and Grant Mullins each scored 14 points for the Lions.
At John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven, Connecticut, Greg Kelley and reserve Michael Grace scored 13 points apiece for the Bulldogs, who had a 12-point lead, 36-24, over Princeton at the half.
The Bulldogs shot 61 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the free-throw line compared with 52 percent and 64 percent for the Tigers.
T.J. Bray contributed 17 points and Will Barrett scored 16 for Princeton.
In other Ivy League games, Pennsylvania defeated Brown 66-64 and Dartmouth topped Cornell 76-62.
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