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Cornell tunes up for Ivy madness with 98-76 win at Columbia

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  • Kyle Evans 

Six players scored in double figures and the Cornell men’s basketball team earned its 22nd win of the season with a 98-76 win over Columbia on Saturday afternoon at Levien Gymnasium. The Big Red finished the regular season at 22-6 (11-3 Ivy), while the Lions ended their season at 13-14 (4-10 Ivy). The win, coupled with Yale’s 84-81 loss to Brown, guarantees Cornell at least a tie for second place in the Ivy standings. A Penn win over Princeton on Saturday evening would give Cornell a share of its fifth conference crown. 

Cornell shot 55 percent from the floor, hit 14 3-pointers, and assisted on 28 baskets in a complete team effort. Sophomore Cooper Noard scored 17 points and hit five 3-pointers, while junior Guy Ragland Jr. notched 13 points, 11 rebounds and three assists to post his fourth career double-double. Junior Nazir Williams scored 14 points with six boards and senior Sean Hansen, playing his final regular season game, connected on all six of his shots for 14 points while grabbing seven boards. The Big Red held a 37-30 edge on the glass. Rounding out the double-figure scorers were Chris Manon (10 points, three rebounds, three assists) and AK Okereke (11 points, three assists). Freshmen Jacob Beccles and Jake Fiegen each had six points. 

Zavian McLean posted 17 points to go along with five rebounds to pace the Lions, with both Blair Thompson and Geronimo Rubio De La Rosa posting 15 points apiece. Kenny Noland rounded out four double-figure scorers with 10. The Lions shot 46 percent from the floor, though hit on just 39 percent after the break. Columbia was credited with 25 team assists in the loss.


• Cornell returns to New York City and Columbia for the Ivy League Tournament on Saturday, March 16 at Levien Gymnasium with an opponent to be determined at 2 p.m. on ESPNews.
• The first semifinal will will be broadcast live on ESPNU at 11 a.m. followed by the second semifinal.
• It will be Cornell’s fourth appearance and third consecutive in the Ivy Tournament, with the Big Red looking for its first win.