Marcus Gilbert

Yale Tops Columbia To Wrap Up NCAA Bid

Makai Mason scored 22 points and Brandon Sherrod added 13 to lead the Yale men's basketball team to a 71-55 victory over Columbia on Saturday in New York, clinching the Bulldogs' first NCAA Tournament bid since 1962.

"It's amazing," Sherrod said. "You look up in the gym and see the last time we got to the tournament was 1962, it really motivates you to win. Every college basketball player wants to go to the Big Dance. It's unbelievable, great time for our school, great opportunity for our team. It's surreal."

Yale shared the Ivy championship last season with Harvard but lost a playoff game with the Crimson for the NCAA berth. The Ivy League does not have a...