Photos courtesy of Brown Athletic Communications, Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations and Yale Sports Publicity
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League men's basketball title heads into its stretch run with another exciting race to determine which team earns the right to hoist the championship trophy when the dust settles by season's end.
Harvard (20-4, 7-1 Ivy League) and Yale (13-9, 7-1 Ivy) each swept the weekend to stay in a tie atop the League, now with a two-game cushion over Brown (13-9, 5-3 Ivy). The Crimson secured its 20th victory to become the first team to register five-consecutive, 20-win seasons since Penn did so a record six times from 1969-70 to 1974-75. The Bulldogs have their eyes on their first Ivy title in 12 seasons, enjoying their longest winning streak since 2001-02 when that squad won seven straight en route to the three-way share of the conference crown.
Yale and Columbia (15-10, 4-4) take a rare step away from the Friday-Saturday back-to-back this weekend with a Sunday matinee on the NBC Sports Network. Brown battles those same Lions on Friday night before traveling to Ithaca to take on Cornell (2-20, 1-7 Ivy) on Saturday night in the first of the League's two-day doubleheader on the NBC Sports Network.
Princeton (14-7, 2-5 Ivy) and Penn (6-15, 3-4) play host Harvard and Dartmouth (9-13, 2-6 Ivy) in games that could cause a shakeup in the standings. The bright lights are also set to shine Saturday night at Jadwin Gymnasium as the Crimson and Tigers tussle in a matchup to be carried live on ESPN3 with tape-delayed broadcast later that night on ESPNU.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Columbia junior forward Alex Rosenberg (Short Hills, N.J.) continued to show his knack for scoring, averaging 26.5 points in two games for the Lions. Rosenberg delivered a performance for the ages in a double-overtime thriller against Harvard, scoring a career-high and Ivy League-season high 34 points to go with seven rebounds in 43 minutes. He followed that up with a 19-point effort, converting on a career-high 14-of-15 from the charity stripe against Dartmouth.
Rosenberg's Statistics for the Week
Yale sophomore forward Justin Sears (Plainfield, N.J.) continued his torrid play as the Bulldogs remained in a first-place tie by sweeping Penn and Princeton. Sears' putback with 4.4 seconds left in overtime lifted Yale to an exhilarating victory over the Tigers. The last-second shot capped what began as a frustrating night as he picked up two early fouls and was scoreless in six first-half minutes. In overtime, Sears scored six of Yale's 10 points. The night before in the win over Penn, he stuffed the box score with 25 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and three steals.
Sears' Statistics for the Week
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brown freshman forward Leland King (Inglewood, Calif.) stepped up his game for the Bears against Princeton and Penn. King provided some key offensive support off the bench against the Tigers, netting 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field with five rebounds in 20 minutes of action. He came back with six points and two rebounds in Brown's victory over Penn.
King's Statistics for the Week
T.J. Bray, Princeton (Sr., G - New Berlin, Wis.)
26 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals at Brown
20 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals at Yale
Armani Cotton, Yale (Jr., G - New York)
17 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals vs. Penn
16 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals vs. Princeton
Nolan Cressler, Cornell (So., G - Pittsburgh)
17 points, 5 rebounds vs. Dartmouth
17 points, 3 rebounds vs. Harvard
Cedric Kuakumensah, Brown (So., F - Worcester, Mass.)
7 points, 3 rebounds vs. Princeton
18 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks vs. Penn
Maodo Lo, Columbia (So., G - Berlin)
20 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists vs. Harvard
22 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists vs. Dartmouth
Steve Moundou-Missi, Harvard (Jr., F - Yaounde, Cameroon)
22 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals at Columbia
10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals at Cornell
Darien Nelson-Henry, Penn (So., C - Kirkland, Wash.)
12 points, 8 rebounds at Yale
20 points, 7 rebounds, 5 blocks at Brown
Wesley Saunders, Harvard (Jr., G/F - Los Angeles)
19 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 blocks, 2 steals at Columbia
11 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals at Cornell
Friday, February 21
*Brown at Columbia, 7 pm [IVY]
*Yale at Cornell, 7 pm [IVY]
*Dartmouth at Princeton, 7 pm [IVY]
*Harvard at Penn, 7 pm [IVY]
Saturday, February 22
*Dartmouth at Penn, 7 pm [IVY]
*Brown at Cornell, 8 pm [NBCSN]
*Harvard at Princeton, 8 pm [ESPN3/ESPNU]
Sunday, February 23
*Yale at Columbia, 1:30 pm [NBCSN]
*Ivy League Contests
ESPN3 – ESPN3.com; ESPNU (DirecTV 208, DISH 141, Verizon FiOS 73 [SD]/573 [HD], AT&T U-verse 605 [SD]/1605 [HD]); IVY – Streamed live on The Ivy League® Digital Network; NBCSN – NBC Sports Network (DirecTV 603, DISH 159, Verizon FiOS 90 [SD]/590 [HD], AT&T U-verse 640 [SD]/1640 [HD])