Columbia jumped out to a 10-2 lead to start the game, and built it to a 17-point, 39-22 lead at the half. The Bears made a fierce comeback in the second half, but the Lions held off the surge, never allowing Brown within five points.
The Lions, which boast the Ivy League's top defense, holding opponents to under 40% shooting on the season, held Brown to just 29% from the field, and only 25% shooting in the first half. Sophomore guard Ragan Kenner led all Brown scorers with 15 points, while junior center Rachael MacDonald picked up 9 points and 6 boards. Junior co-captain Rada Pavichevich added eight points for the Bears.
The loss drops Brown to 10-10 overall and 5-2 in the Ivy League. The Bears face the Cornell Big Red in Ithaca on Saturday night.