Cornell (9-9, 1-1 Ivy League) pulled away with a 12-2 run to a 47-34 lead on Galal Cancer's layup with 4:41 to play. Cancer had six points during that stretch and finished with 16.
Dave LaMore's tip-in at the first-half buzzer gave Cornell the lead for good at 27-25. The Big Red pushed ahead with the first four points of the second half and Columbia (9-7, 1-1) got no closer than 35-32 with 10:44 to play.
Columbia led most of the first 10 minutes and as much as 15-9 on Steve Frankoski's jumper with 9:49 left. Cornell answered with a 7-0 run to pull ahead and the teams played back-and-forth until the break.