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Ivy League Leader Harvard Handles Brown

Providence, r.i. — Wesley Saunders scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Ivy League leader Harvard defeated Brown 65-47 last night.

It was the seventh straight victory for the Crimson (16-7, 8-1) over the Bears (9-14, 3-6), including 89-82 in two overtimes on Feb. 2.

Harvard exploited 14 first-half turnovers by Brown to gain control. The Crimson led 26-9 before the Bears rallied in the final 2:51 of the half to trail 29-18 at the break. Siyani Chambers, who finished with 14 points for Harvard, had four first-half steals.

Brown got to within six, 39-33, with 10:29 remaining, but a jumper by Christian Webster, a free throw by Steve Moundou-Missi and a dunk by Saunders gave Harvard an 11-point lead.

Neither team was effective behind the 3-point line. Harvard made 2 of 12 and Brown just 1 of 14.

Cedric Kuakumensah led the Bears with 11 points and Sean McGonagill added 10.

Princeton 65, Columbia 40

New York — Denton Koon scored 23 points and Princeton held Columbia to its lowest point total in four years.

The Tigers (13-9, 6-2 Ivy) shot 56.1 percent (23 of 41) from the field to 34 percent (16 of 47) for Columbia, which lost 63-35 at Princeton on Feb. 7, 2009.

Last night’s loss was the seventh loss in eight games for the Lions (10-13, 2-7), whose only win in that span came against conference leader Harvard.

Ian Hummer scored 13 of his 17 points for Princeton in the first half. The Tigers closed the half with a 15-3 run to take a 36-20 lead, then scored the first six points of the second half.

Maodo Lo scored 15 points to lead Columbia. Steve Frankoski, who had averaged 21 points in the Lions’ last three games, was held to six.

Saint Louis 65
No. 15 Butler 61

Indianapolis — Mike McCall had 18 points and Kwamain Mitchell scored 10 of his 12 in the second half to help Saint Louis rally over No. 15 Butler.

Dwayne Evans added 17 points for the Billikens, who won for the fourth time this season against a Top 25 opponent — a school record — and earned their ninth victory in a row in Atlantic 10 play. The previous eight had all been by 10 points or more.

Saint Louis (21-5, 10-2) remains firmly in control in the conference, holding a one-game lead over No. 24 Virginia Commonwealth.

The Billikens beat VCU 76-62 on Tuesday.