NEW YORK (AP) -- John Baumann and Ben Nwachukwu scored 14 points each to lead Columbia to a 73-60 victory Friday night over the New Jersey Institute of Technology in the opening round of the Tyler Ugolyn tournament.
Columbia (2-1) will face Kennesaw State in Saturday's championship game, while NJIT will play St. Peter's in the consolation game. The tournament honors Ugolyn, a former Columbia basketball player who was killed in the World Trade Center.
Kennesaw State defeated St. Peter's 67-60 in the other first-round game.
NJIT (2-1) tied the score at 34 early in the second half, but Columbia gradually pulled away building an eight-point lead on two free throws by Nwachukwu with 7:08 to play.
NJIT, in its first year competing in Division I, suffered its first loss after beating Manhattan and Rider.