Brown University Press Release

Providence, R.I. - Gabe Stefanini scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half, including back-to-back late treys that gave Columbia the lead for good, in an 80-77 Lions’ Ivy League win over Brown Friday evening at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

The Bears fall to 17-10 overall and 5-6 in the Ivy League, while Columbia improves to 8-17, 3-8 in Ivy play. Depending on the outcome of tonight’s other Ivy games, especially Cornell at Yale and Penn at Harvard, the Bears could stay in fourth place in the Ivy standings or drop to fifth place. 

Brown held a 39-37 lead at the half, but got off to a sluggish start to open the second half, falling behind by three points, 44-41, following a dunk by Columbia’s Patrick Tape at the 15:52 mark. 

Brown out-scored the Lions by a 11-1 margin over the next three minutes to grab a 52-45 advantage with 12:36 remaining after two free throws by senior Obi Okolie (Ajax, Ontario).

Once again, Columbia came roaring back and pulled ahead, 67-61, following a dunk by Tape with 4:51 left on the clock.

Back-to-back treys by Bears’ sophomore Desmond Cambridge (Nashville, TN)  tied the game, 67-67, with 4:00 minutes remaining.

Stefanini answered with consecutive treys of his own, the first with 2:30 remaining to give Columbia the lead for good, and the second with 53 seconds left for a 75-69 Columbia advantage and control of the game.

“I thought that Columbia just executed better and played a little harder, especially in the second half” said Brown head coach Mike Martin.  “Columbia cut well, shared the ball and got to the free throw line. Our backs have been up against the wall in the past, and the challenge is how we are going to respond after a disappointing loss.” 

Sophomore Tamenang Choh (Lowell, MA) paced the Bears with25 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field, while adding a game high nine rebounds. Brown sophomore Desmond Cambridge (Nashville, TN) also scored 25 points before fouling out with 3:10 left in the game.

Okolie added 13 points and six rebounds and now has 989 career points, looking to become the 30thplayer in Brown history to score 1,000 or more points.

Columbia’s Patrick Tape provided an inside presence for the Lions with 16 points in the paint on 6-of-8 shooting from the field, while pulling down seven rebounds. Stefanini had 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Jake Killingsworth also added 14 points.

The Lions, who shot 47-percent from the field (27-of-57), converted 17-of-19 free throws, while Brown, who shot 42-percent from the field (26-of-61),  connected on 18-of-25 shots from the line. 

There were seven lead changes in an evenly played first half that had the Bears leading, 39-37, with Cambridge and Choh scoring 14 points each. The Bears played nearly the entire first half without center Matt DeWolf (Barrington, RI), who was hurt in the opening 21 seconds after an elbow to the eye. DeWolf did not return to the game.

The Bears are back in action tomorrow evening, hosting Cornell at the Pizzitola Sports Center, starting at 6:00 pm.