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Columbia, Yale Advance in CIT, Set to Face Each Other in Quarterfinals

Yale's Justin Sears
Yale's Justin Sears

CIT Schedule and Results

Portions courtesy of Columbia Media Relations/Sports Information and Yale Sports Publicity

NEW YORK and WORCESTER, Mass. -- The magical run of postseason play continues as Columbia and Yale won in Postseason Tournament (CIT) second-round games to set up an Ivy League men's basketball showdown in four days with a spot in the semifinals on the line.

The two Ancient Eight squad are set to battle for the third time this year on Wednesday, March 26.

At Levien Gymnasium in New York, Columbia went on a 24-5 run over the final nine minutes of the game to propel the Lions to a 69-56 win over Eastern Michigan. After the Eagles took a 51-45 lead with 9:13 to play, Columbia got a three-pointer from junior forward Alex Rosenberg after a timeout. On the ensuing play, sophomore guard Maodo Lo got a steal and a layup to ignite the 2,019 fans in attendance and start the Lions' game-winning run.

At the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass., sophomore forward Justin Sears scored 18 points to lead a balanced attack as the Bulldogs knocked off Holy Cross 71-66 before a boisterous crowd of 1,236. It was also a milestone victory for head coach James Jones, who became the winningest men's basketball coach in school history. Jones now has 207 wins at Yale, surpassing Joe Vancisin, who guided the Bulldogs from 1956 to 1975.

The wins also marked milestones for each program. In three days, Columbia has record its first two postseason victories. In just over 72 hours, Yale has added two postseason wins to its previous lone victory -- a 67-65 win over Rutgers on March 14, 2002 in the Postseason NIT.