Photos courtesy of Brown Athletic Communications, Columbia
Sports Information/Media Relations and Harvard Athletic
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The storyline of this Ivy League men's basketball season is even more intriguing as the 14-Game Tournament marches on with two back-to-back weekends remaining.
Harvard (22-4, 9-1 Ivy League) now sits alone atop the League by virtue of a Yale (14-10, 8-2 Ivy) loss at Columbia (17-10, 6-4 Ivy). The Crimson closes out its home slate this weekend with two games at Lavietes Pavilion before the rematch with the Bulldogs and a chance to avenge the loss from earlier in the season.
Now one game back with four to play, Yale looks to regroup and keep pace with Harvard in tough road tests at Princeton (15-8, 3-6) and Penn (7-16, 4-5 Ivy). The loss at Columbia snapped the Bulldogs' longest winning streak since also winning seven straight in 2001-02. The Lions roll into their stretch run seeking to solidify their postseason aspirations currently boasting the program's most wins (17) since 1978-79 and most home wins (12) since 1949-50.
Columbia enters the week tied with Brown (14-10, 6-4 Ivy) for third place. The Bears are poised to finish in the top half of the conference for the second-straight season, while the Lions are in position to do so for the first time since 2008-09.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Columbia junior forward Alex Rosenberg (Short Hills, N.J.) was key on both the offensive and defensive ends to lead the Lions to their first sweep of an Ivy League weekend since the 2008-09 season. Offensively, Rosenberg tallied his 21st and 22nd games in double figures with game highs of 23 points vs. Brown and 18 points vs. Yale. Defensively, he limited Brown's Cedric Kuakumensah to just one basket in the second half and kept Yale's Justin Sears under his season average.
Rosenberg's Statistics for the Week
Harvard sophomore guard Siyani Chambers (Golden Valley, Minn.) came up big as the Crimson remained atop the standings with wins at Penn and Princeton. Chambers dished out a season-high 10 assists at Penn while committing just one turnover. He netted 13 points at Princeton, including 10 in the second half, to help the Crimson overcome a five-point halftime deficit and pulled down a season-high five rebounds. Chambers boasted a 4.5 assist-to-turnover ratio for the week.
Chambers' Statistics for the Week
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brown freshman forward Leland King (Inglewood, Calif.) excelled in earning second and third starts of the season. King responded by nearing missing a double-double (12 points and nine rebounds) against Columbia and then exploded for a career high 23 points in the Bears’ overtime win over Cornell. In that game, he had 15 of his 23 points in an impressive opening half and tied his career high with 12 rebounds for his second career double-double.
King's Statistics for the Week
Devin Cherry, Cornell (Jr., G - Meridian, Miss.)
29 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals vs. Yale
17 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists vs. Brown
Nolan Cressler, Cornell (So., G - Pittsburgh)
11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists vs. Yale
34 points, 5 rebounds vs. Brown
Fran Dougherty, Penn (Sr., F - New Britain, Pa.)
15 points, 5 rebounds vs. Harvard
13 points, 8 rebounds vs. Dartmouth
Cedric Kuakumensah, Brown (So., F - Worcester, Mass.)
12 points, 2 rebounds, 6 blocks at Columbia
30 points, 14 rebounds, 7 blocks at Cornell
Steve Moundou-Missi, Harvard (Jr., F - Yaounde, Cameroon)
14 points, 5 rebounds at Penn
11 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks at Princeton
Justin Sears, Yale (So., F - Plainfield, N.J.)
19 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists at Cornell
13 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists at Columbia
Spencer Weisz, Princeton (Fr., F - Florham Park, N.J.)
11 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks vs. Dartmouth
12 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists vs. Harvard
Friday, February 28
*Columbia at Dartmouth, 7 pm [IVY]
*Cornell at Harvard, 7 pm [IVY]
*Yale at Princeton, 7 pm [IVY]
*Brown at Penn, 7:30 pm [NBCSN]
Saturday, March 1
*Brown at Princeton, 6 pm [IVY]
*Columbia at Harvard, 7 pm [IVY]
*Cornell at Dartmouth, 7 pm [IVY]
*Yale at Penn, 7 pm [IVY]
*Ivy League Contests
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