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Dean Kowalski and the Lions will take on Princeton on Friday on ESPNU.
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

Columbia Travels to Princeton, Penn This Weekend to Start Second Half of Ivy League Play

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 02/15/2012
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NEW YORK - Columbia will take on Princeton and Penn on the road this weekend, beginning with a matchup against the Tigers on Friday, February 17 in a 7 p.m. game that will be televised on ESPNU. Columbia's game with Penn on Saturday, February 18 is a 7 p.m. tip at the Palestra.

When Columbia met Princeton earlier this season, the Lions led by six points with 11 minutes to play but the Tigers came back to grab a 62-58 victory at Levien Gymnasium on January 14. Against Penn, Columbia led by four at halftime before Penn regained the lead and held on for a 66-64 win in a thriller in the Ivy League opener for both teams on January 13.

While Friday's game at Princeton can be seen live nationwide on ESPNU, Saturday's game with Penn will be streamed live for subscribers via SideLION Pass, courtesy of Penn's video service. Fans can listen live to both games free of charge on SideLION Pass with Jerry Recco (@JerryRecco) and Dalen Cuff (@DCuff21) on the call.

Columbia's student radio station, WKCR 89.9 FM, will also broadcast each game this weekend. Live stats for Friday and for Saturday, and game notes are also available.

HOT SHOTS
Last weekend vs. Brown and Yale, Columbia made 53.3 percent of its field goals and 50 percent of its three-point attempts. Columbia’s 16 three-pointers made against Brown set a program record for three-pointers in a game against a Division I opponent.

IN OUR DEFENSE
Columbia ranks 20th in the nation in scoring defense. The Lions yield an average of 59.3 points per game to opponents and are allowing teams to shoot 39.7 percent from the field. That number ranks 37th in the country, out of 345 Division I schools. Columbia has also improved at defending the three, as teams shoot 33.5 percent from beyond the arc against the Lions.

SENIOR MOMENTS
Columbia’s senior class has won 52 games during its four years on the court. The group has a chance to combine for the most wins over a four-year period since the class of 1979, headlined by Alton Byrd and Ricky Free, which won 56 games from the 1975-76 season to 1978-79.

WINNING SEASON IN SIGHT
Columbia can clinch its second straight winning season with two more victories. Columbia’s last consecutive winning seasons came in 1977-78 and 1978-79.

ROAD WARRIORS
Away from home, Columbia is 7-5 on the season, including two neutral-site victories.

THE HISTORY NOTE – PRINCETON
Friday’s contest is the 227th game between Columbia and Princeton, marking the Lions’ most-played series with any opponent. Princeton has won five straight against the Lions and 18 straight in New Jersey, including a win in a hard-fought 66-61 game last season. The last time Columbia won at Jadwin Gym was February 13, 1993, a 71-69 Lions’ victory.

THE HISTORY NOTE - PENN
Columbia is 3-2 against Penn over the last three seasons and the two teams have split the season series in three of the last four seasons. The Lions swept the season series from the Quakers in 2009-10.

BARBOUR’S SHOP
Junior guard Brian Barbour has had an All-Ivy League caliber season this year.
• Leads the league in scoring during Ivy games (17.1 ppg)
• Third in assists during Ivy games (4.9 apg)
• Carries a 2.3:1 assist-to-turnover ratio in league play
• Is third in the nation in free throw percentage (90.8%) and is shooting 93.6% from the line during league play
• Has scored in double figures in the last 10 games
• Recently dished out a career-high nine assists with zero turnovers in Columbia’s 86-60 win vs. Brown on Feb. 10
• The next night, he posted seven assists vs. Yale

CISCO’S SYSTEM
Junior center Mark Cisco ranks first in several statistical categories during the first round of Ivy League play.
• Leads all Ivy players in rebounds (8.8 rpg), offensive rebounds (3.5 rpg), field goal percentage (69.0%) and free throw percentage (95.2%).
• Is ninth in the league in scoring at 12.5 ppg during league play
• Ranks ninth in blocked shots per game during league play with six
• Posted four of his five double-doubles this season during Ivy League play, including 12 points and 12 rebounds vs. Yale in Columbia’s last game on Feb. 11
• Has scored in double figures in eight of the last nine games

BALL DON'T LYE
Sophomore guard Meiko Lyles had very similar stat lines last weekend, scoring 17 points in each game vs. Brown and Yale.
• Made 6 of 10 field goals vs. Brown and 6 of 11 field goals vs. Yale
• Nailed five of eight three-pointers in each game last weekend
• Against Brown, Lyles dished out a career-high four assists
• Tied his career high with three steals vs. Yale
• Currently ranks first in the Ivy League in three-point percentage during the regular season at 43.6%

THE BLOOM IS ON ROSENBERG
Rookie Alex Rosenberg has had a strong start to his first collegiate campaign. Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week earlier this season, Rosenberg had a solid game vs. Brown, totaling seven points and five rebounds in 21 minutes of action in the 86-60 Columbia win.

GO, JOHNNY, GO
Junior forward John Daniels has started 21 of 22 games this season and is second on the team in rebounding at 5.9 per game. On February 10 vs. Brown, Daniels hauled in a team-high 10 boards.

BLAISE OF GLORY
Senior forward Blaise Staab has averaged 4.7 points and 4.0 rebounds in Columbia’s last three games. He played a key role in the frontcourt coming off the bench for Columbia and saw 22 minutes of action vs. Yale, finishing with four points, two rebounds and two assists.

VAN THE MAN
Sophomore guard Van Green has provided big minutes off the Columbia bench in recent games. In the last four games, Green has shot 72.7 percent from the field, 80 percent from three-point range and added four assists and three blocked shots. In the win at Dartmouth on Feb. 3, Green scored a career-high 10 points.

CROCKETT ROCKS IT
Senior guard Chris Crockett has provided instant offense off the Columbia bench this season. Crockett had a career game against Brown on Feb. 10, going for a career-high 18 points on six three-pointers. Crockett is third on the team in three-pointers (31) and is shooting 35.2 from beyond the arc.

EVEN STEVEN
Senior Steve Egee has given the Lions strong outside shooting and leadership off the bench for a majority of the season. Egee has posted career highs in scoring and rebounding this season and is shooting 42.3 percent from long distance this season.

SPRING FORWARD
Rookie Noah Springwater has provided strong two-way play off the bench this season for the Lions. In Columbia’s game at Cornell on January 28, Springwater played 22 minutes and added five points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal.

OSETKOWSKI’S BLOCK PARTY
Rookie center Cory Osetkowski is second on the squad with 15 blocked shots this season. In the game at Elon, Osetkowski scored five consecutive points in the second half, helping Columbia tie the game and eventually hold a lead.

THE FIRST TWO SEASONS OF THE KYLE SMITH ERA
Over the last two seasons with Kyle Smith as the Lions’ head coach, Columbia has won 29 games. That is the largest total in a head coach’s first two seasons since Lou Rossini (1950-58) won 39 games over his first two seasons as head coach, including Columbia’s magical 23-1 campaign in 1950-51.

LIFE BEGINS AT 60
Columbia has a 12-2 record when scoring more than 60 points this season.

COLUMBIA CONTROLLING THE GLASS
In 17 of its first 24 games, Columbia has totaled more rebounds than its opponents. In the last seven Ivy League games, the Lions have outrebounded their opponents.

CLOSE CALLS
Columbia’s five Ivy League losses have been by an average of 3.4 points per game. Each has been decided by a margin of five points or fewer.

COLUMBIA AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS
Through February 12, Columbia was ranked among the nation’s top 100 teams in several different categories:

Category   Rank   Actual
Scoring Defense   20th 59.3
Scoring Margin 95th +5.4
Field Goal Pct Defense    37th 39.7
Three-Pointers Per Game    84th 7.2
Three-Point FG Pct 68th 36.6
Free Throw Pct 37th 74.1
Rebound Margin 80th +3.1
Personal Fouls Per Game 42nd 16.3

Category   Player   Rank  Actual
Free Throw Pct    Brian Barbour   3rd 90.8

BARBOUR CRACKS TOP 20 ASSIST MEN ALL-TIME
Junior Brian Barbour recently moved into the top 20 in career assists in Columbia history. He currently ranks 19th all-time in fewer than three seasons.

17.   Craig Austin   1998-02   205
  Par Downing   1991-93 205
19. Brian Barbour    2009-pres.   197
20. Derrick Mayo 1998-02 187

CISCO AMONG TOP OFFENSIVE REBOUNDERS
Junior Mark Cisco ranks second all-time in offensive rebounds at Columbia after more than two and a half seasons. Offensive rebounds were kept as a separate stat beginning in the 1990-91 season.

1.   John Baumann   2004-08   189
2. Mark Cisco 2009-pres.   170
3. Chris Wiedemann   1999-03 166
4. Ben Nwachukwu 2004-08 164
5. Jim Tubridy 1992-96 150
6. Boris Piskun 1992-96 145
7. Asenso Ampim 2007-11 144
8. Gary Raimondo 1995-99 143
9. Matt Preston 2001-05 138
10.  Jason Miller 2005-09 112

CISCO ALSO RANKS IN TOP TEN IN BLOCKS
Not only is Cisco one of Columbia’s top offensive rebounders in recent history, he now ranks among the top ten shot blockers in program history. Blocked shots were first kept as an official statistic beginning in 1984-85.

1.   Chris Wiedemann   1999-03   187
2. Dane Holmes 1988-92 148
3. Tom Casey 1989-93 137
4. Jamal Adams 1990-94 101
5. Joe Case 1998-02  66
6. Ben Nwachukwu 2004-08  62
7. Justin Namolik 1995-99  50
8. Steve Marusich 1990-94  48
9. Jim Tubridy 1992-96  47
10.  Mark Cisco 2009-pres.    45

COLUMBIA ON TV
Columbia will have two upcoming games shown on national television. The February 17 game at Princeton will be shown live on ESPNU and the February 24 game at Yale will be televised on the YES Network.

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