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Harvard Takes Half-Game Lead in Ivy Race

Cambridge, Mass. — Siyani Chambers scored 16 points to help Harvard rally past Columbia 56-51 last night.

Harvard (18-9, 10-3), which moved into first place in the Ivy League with the win, sits half a game ahead of Princeton, which fell to Yale. The Crimson will secure the conference title outright with a win against Cornell tonight and one loss by the Tigers in their final two games.

Harvard trailed 28-22 at halftime but opened the second half on an 8-2 run to tie it 30-30. From there, neither team led by more than three until Grant Mullins hit a 3-pointer to put Columbia (12-15, 4-9) up 49-45 with 6 minutes left.

Both teams went scoreless over the next 4 ½ minutes but Steve Moundou-Missi sandwiched two free throws and a dunk around a three-point play by Chambers to give Harvard the lead for good, 52-49, with 32 seconds remaining.

Yale 71, Princeton 66

New Haven, Conn. — Michael Grace and Greg Kelley scored 13 points apiece to lift Yale over Princeton.

Javier Duren added 12 points and Austin Morgan 11 for the Bulldogs, who swept the season series against the Tigers for the first time since 2008.

Yale (13-17, 7-6 Ivy League) used a 17-5 run over the final 9 minutes of the first half to take a 36-24 lead into intermission. Princeton roared back to within one, 62-61, on Ian Hummer’s jumper with 3:08 remaining, but scored just five points the rest of the way.

Princeton (16-10, 9-3), which sits half a game behind Harvard for first place after the Crimson’s win over Columbia, shot 52 percent (23 of 44). Yale answered with its second-best shooting performance of the season, 61 percent (23 of 38), and made 16 of 20 free throws.

Pennsylvania 66, Brown 64

Providence, r.i. — Miles Cartwright scored 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting, and he scored the final eight points of the game on free throws to beat Brown.

Patrick Lucas-Perry added 15 for the Quakers (9-20, 6-6 Ivy), who beat Harvard 75-72 on March 1 and face Yale tonight. Penn leads the series 103-21.

Trailing 33-28 at halftime, Brown tied Penn 46-all on Sean McGonagill’s four-point play with 12:21 left. The Bears held a 64-58 advantage on Matt Sullivan’s 3-pointer with 1:57 remaining but did not score again.

Cartwright converted a 3-pointer and 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.

McGonagill had 15 points, Sullivan and Stephen Albrecht scored 13 each, and Rafael Maia had 12 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Bears (12-15, 6-7), whose four-game winning streak came to an end. Brown faces Princeton tonight.