Lions Roar Past Bears, 68-56
Feb. 24, 2006
New York, New York - Sophomore Justin Armstrong scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half, and sophomore John Baumann added 18 points to lead Columbia to a 68-56 Ivy League victory over Brown, avenging a loss to the Bears two weeks prior.
The loss drops the Bears to 8-16 overall, 4-7 in the Ivy League, while Columbia claimed its third straight victory to extend its record to 11-13, 4-7 in Ivy play.
The Bears jumped out to a quick 11-5 lead behind the hot shooting of sophomore Damon Huffman who connected on three straight treys. The Lions roared back with a 18-2 spurt to grab a 23-13 lead on a long three point jumper by Dalen Cuff with 4:40 remaining in the half. Sophomore Keenan Jeppesen's free throw with 4:25 left in the half broke an eight-minute scoring drought for the cold-shooting Bears, who trailed 23-14.
The remainder of the half was evenly played with the Lions holding a 30-21 lead at intermission, out-rebounding the Bears by a 29-12 margin at the half.
Columbia controlled the play for most of the second half, leading by as many as 16 points, 63-47, on a driving lay-up by Justin Armstrong with 2:50 remaining to play.
Jeppesen and Huffman led the Bears with 20 points each. Huffman scored 18 of his points on treys, connecting on 6 of 13 attempts from behind the three-point point arc. His six theys are a career high and rank fifth in the Brown record book. Jeppesen netted 14 of his 20 points in the second half, and pulled down a game high 7 rebounds for the Bears.
Armstrong, last week's Ivy player of the week, connected on 9 of 14 field goals, scoring most of his points on slashing drives to the basket. Baumann converted 8 of 10 free throws and grabbed a team high 7 rebounds. Senior Dragutin Krivic also scored in double figures for the Lions with 13 points.
The Bears will travel to Ithaca, New York following the game for their final road contest of the season, facing Cornell on Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m.