Yale Surges Past Brown
New Haven, Conn. — Justin Sears scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Yale to a 76-64 win in overtime against Brown yesterday.
Austin Morgan finished with 16 points for the Bulldogs (7-12, 1-1 Ivy League), who have won two of their last three games. It’s a bounce-back win for Yale, which lost 65-51 to Brown this month.
Brown, which trailed by 11 points in the second half, forced overtime after Tucker Halpern made two free throws to tie the game at 58-all with 55 seconds remaining.
But the Bears (7-9, 1-1) could not keep up with Yale in OT. The Bulldogs used a 7-0 run that was capped by Morgan’s two free throws to claim a 70-62 lead with 1:34 left.
Yale continued to surge forward, holding Brown to only two points the rest of the way.
Cedric Kuakumensah and Matt Sullivan each scored 13 points for the Bears.
Cornell 66, Columbia 63
New York — Galal Cancer scored 19 points and Cornell staved off late-charging Columbia.
The win was Cornell’s fourth straight on the road, marking the program’s longest road winning streak since 2009-10. The Big Red (9-10, 1-1) were 5-24 away from home during coach Bill Courtney’s first two seasons, but are 4-5 on the road this year.
Brian Barbour led the Lions (9-7, 1-1) with 15 points. Cornell’s win was retribution for a 67-58 home loss against Columbia on Jan. 19.
The Big Red led 31-19 at the intermission and 51-36 with 10:02 remaining. But Columbia responded with a 22-11 run capped by 3-pointers from Barbour and Maodo Lo to pull within 62-60 with 2:48 left.
Cancer knocked down four free throws after that, and Columbia hit just one of its final five shots — a three-point play by Barbour — as Cornell held on.
Marquette 81, Providence 71
Milwaukee — Vander Blue scored 13 points and played suffocating defense on the Big East’s leading scorer to lead Marquette over Providence in a game delayed several times because of a dive-bombing bat.
Virginia 65, BC 51
Charlottesville, Va. — Justin Anderson and Akil Mitchell scored 16 points each and Virginia took command with a 16-3 run in the second half and beat Boston College, the Cavaliers’ third straight victory.
With scoring leader Joe Harris managing just seven points for Virginia (14-5, 4-2 ACC), the freshman Anderson and Mitchell carried the scoring load. Anderson made 7 of 9 shots and Mitchell was 6-for-10 and grabbed six rebounds.
Stony Brook 79, Maine 69
Stony Brook, n.y. — Tommy Benton posted a triple-double and Eric McAlister scored 22 points to lead Stony Brook over Maine.
Bucknell 65, Holy Cross 58
Worcester, Mass. — Joe Willman and Bryson Johnson each scored 16 points to lead Bucknell over Holy Cross.