College basketball roundup: Princeton keeps pace in Ivy

St. Louis’s Mike McCall takes it right to Butler’s big man Kellen Dunham.
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St. Louis’s Mike McCall takes it right to Butler’s big man Kellen Dunham.

Denton Koon scored 23 points and Princeton held Columbia to its lowest point total in four years, defeating the Lions, 65-40, in an Ivy League game Friday night in New York.

With the victory, the Tigers (13-9, 6-2) remain close behind first-place Harvard (8-1) in the Ivy standings with the teams headed for a showdown next Friday in New Jersey.

Princeton shot 56.1 percent (23 of 41) from the field to 34 percent (16 of 47) for Columbia, which lost, 63-35, at Prince­ton on Feb. 7, 2009.


Friday’s loss was the seventh in eight games for the Lions (10-13, 2-7), whose only win in that span was against Harvard.

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Ian Hummer scored 13 of his 17 points for Princeton in the first half. The Tigers closed the half with a 15-3 run to take a 36-20 lead, then scored the first 6 points of the second half.

Maodo Lo scored 15 points to lead Columbia. Steve Frankoski, who had averaged 21 points in the Lions’ last three games, was held to 6.

Yale 78, Dartmouth 67 — Sam Martin and Michael Grace came off the bench to score 12 points as the host Bulldogs (11-15, 5-4 Ivy) got 46 points from reserves in a victory over the Big Green (6-17, 2-7).

Freshman Alex Mitola’s had a career-high 27 points for the Big Green, who got just 14 points from their bench.


Tyler Melville’s 3-pointer and two in a row by Mitola enabled Dartmouth to erase an 8-point Yale lead in the first half, but the Bulldogs started the second with an 18-6 run for a 46-32 advantage. They led by at least 10 after that.

Yale, the league’s top rebounding team, had a 40-26 advantage on the boards despite 13 by Dartmouth’s Gabas Maldunas.

Martin made 4 of 4 3-pointers, giving him 13 of 17 in his last five games.

Yale’s Austin Morgan made 4 of 4 free throws, giving him 33 in a row.

Saint Louis 65, Butler 61 — Mike McCall had 18 points and Kwamain Mitchell scored 10 of his 12 in the second half and the Billikens (21-5, 10-2) won for the fourth time this season against a Top 25 opponent — a school record — and earned their ninth Atlantic 10 victory in a row, beating the No. 15 Bulldogs (22-6, 9-4) in Indianapolis.


Dwayne Evans added 17 points for the Billikens, who won their previous eight games by 10 points or more.

Saint Louis remains firmly in control in the conference, holding a one-game lead over No. 24 Virginia Commonwealth. The Billikens beat VCU, 76-62, Tuesday.

Butler scored the game’s first 4 points but needed Rotnei Clarke’s 3-pointer 5:17 into the game to regain the lead at 10-9. Kellen Dunham then went on a personal 7-0 run for the Bulldogs, who led for the remainder of the first half and were ahead, 34-29, at the break.

The Billikens took control to open the second half, scoring 7 of the first 9 points after halftime to take a 37-36 lead they would never relinquish. Mitchell’s layup put Saint Louis back in front with 17:20 to play.


Duke 61, Florida State 50 — Elizabeth Williams had 20 points and 13 rebounds, Chloe Wells added 15 points, and the No. 5 Blue Devils (25-1, 15-0) won their 37th consecutive home game against ACC competition, beating the No. 19 Seminoles (20-6, 10-5).

Duke trailed, 24-20, early in the second half but seized control with a 26-4 run over the next nine minutes.

Wells hit a jumper from the free throw line to give the Blue Devils a 28-26 lead with 15:36 remaining, and they never trailed again.

Wells added a pair of 3-pointers, the second of which gave her team a 43-28 cushion with nine minutes left.

California 77, Oregon 55 — Layshia Clarendon scored 14 points and the No. 6 Bears (24-2, 14-1 Pac-12) won their school-record 12th straight game, easily beating the visiting Ducks (4-23, 2-13).

Afure Jemerigbe added 13 points for the Bears, who early on looked somewhat ragged offensively without starting point guard Brittany Boyd (strained groin).

Cal started pulling away with a 12-2 run to close the first half en route to matching the record win streak set by the 2008-09 team. The Bears can break the mark against Oregon State on Sunday.

Jordan Loera and Ariel Thomas scored 9 points each to lead the Ducks.

Harvard 77, Brown 71 — Victoria Lippert had 24 points and Temi Fagbenle added 17 points and 12 rebounds to help the host Crimson (14-8, 5-3) claim an Ivy Legue victory over the Bears (7-16, 1-8).

Yale 66, Dartmouth 55 — Megan Vasquez had 15 points and the visiting Bulldogs (10-13, 5-4 Ivy League) went 9 for 10 from the free throw line down the stretch to beat the Big Green (6-16, 4-4).