Junior guard Steve Johnson hit a 35-foot three-pointer at the buzzer to give Cornell a 71-68 triumph over Columbia in Ivy League basketball action Saturday night in Ithaca, N.Y.
Rowdy Meeks tied the game, 68-68, on a layup with five seconds left before Johnson stole the ball to give the Big Red (1-2 Ivy, 7-9 over all) a strong comeback and a win in its inaugural game in the new Alberding Field House.
Buck Jenkins was the leading scorer for Columbia (0-3, 2-12) with 23 points and Russell Steward added 13 in the battle for the Ivy basement.
Four Cornell players scored in double figures, with Sean Maharaj leading the group with 17 points.
In the only other league game of the weekend, Yale (2-1, 10-4) defeated Brown (1-2, 4-11), 55-53, Friday night in New Haven.
Penn 90, Colgate 84
Hassan Duncombe scored 37 points and tied his own school record with five blocked shots as Penn downed Colgate, 90-84, in non-league action in Philadelphia.
With Colgate (2-13) leading, 77-72, and 5:50 left, the Quakers (1-2, 4-9) scored 14 unanswered points, including four by Duncombe to take an 86-77 lead. Penn held at least a six-point lead for the rest of the game.