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Harvard rallies past Columbia, regains top spot in Ivy

03.08.13 at 10:15 pm ET

Freshman guard Siyani Chambers scored 16 points and Harvard closed the game on an 11-2 run to take a 56-51 victory over visiting Columbia on Friday night.

Combined with Princeton’s 71-66 loss at Yale, Harvard (18-9, 10-3 Ivy) takes a half-game lead in the league race. The Crimson can clinch a share of the title for the third straight season with a win against visiting Cornell on Saturday (5:30 p.m.). Princeton (16-10, 9-3) plays at Brown on Saturday and closes out the regular season at rival Penn on Tuesday.

Harvard trailed by six at the half, 28-22, but opened the second half on an 8-2 run to tie the score. The Lions led by four with six minutes left, 49-45, and neither team scored for the next 4½ minutes. Steve Moundou-Missi (9 points, 8 rebounds) then hit two free throws, Chambers recorded a three-point play and Moundou-Missi got a steal and a dunk to give Harvard a 52-49 lead with 32 seconds left. Moundou-Missi added another layup for a four-point lead.

Wesley Saunders finished with 15 points for the Crimson, while Kenyatta Smith contributed eight points and eight rebounds. Chambers hit 5-of-6 field goals and 6-of-7 free throws.

Alex Rosenberg and Grant Mullins scored 14 points apiece for Columbia (12-15, 4-9).

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