Men's Basketball Back In Action Tuesday Against Manhattan
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COLUMBIA (1-0) vs. MANHATTAN (1-0)
PRESENTED BY 9A KITCHEN & LOUNGE
TUESDAY, NOV. 12 • 7 P.M.
LEVIEN GYMNASIUM • NEW YORK
ABOUT THE MATCHUP
Columbia’s matchup with Manhattan will be the 24th meeting between the intra-city rivals. The Lions hold a 15-8 record in the series and have won the last two contests by double-figures, including a 69-58 win last December in Levien Gym.
The Lions started the 2013-14 season with an emphatic 73-54 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Saturday night. Columbia knocked down its first 10 shots (including seven 3-pointers) of the second half to put the game out of reach.
The Jaspers went to a pair of overtime’s, but came away with a 99-90 victory at LaSalle, who is fresh off a Sweet 16 appearance, on Saturday. George Beamon, who missed the majority of last season due to injury, led five Manhattan double-figure scorers with 24 points and added eight rebounds.THE GIVING TREE
Junior Cory Osetkowski (affectionately known as “Tree” to teammates and coaches) had a breakout game against UMES on Nov. 9, recording the first double-double of his career with 14 points and 10 rebounds. He also set his third personal-best with five assists in 28 minutes.
WE LIKE IKE
After showing glimpses of promise in his first year, sophomore Isaac Cohen stepped into the starting lineup against UMES and posted a career-high of 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, to go with seven rebounds, playing 36 minutes.
IN THE ZONE
Holding a five-point halftime cushion against UMES, Columbia came out scorching hot, burying its first 10 field goal attempts, which included seven 3’s to open up a 25-point margin in a 73-54 over the Hawks.
Columbia improved to 76-37 all-time in season openers after dispatching UMES, 73-54, on Nov. 9. Additonally, Columbia is 81-32 all-time in home openers and have won five of its last six debuts in Levien Gymnasium.
LIONS AGAINST THE MAAC
The Lions are 21-23 all-time against teams currently in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Columbia’s most common MAAC foe is Manhattan with 23 all-time meetings.
BALL DON’T LIE
On the heels of setting a single-season team record in free-throw percentage, the Lions drilled 13-of-15 (86.7%) from the charity stripe against Maryland-Eastern Shore. Last season, Columbia knocked down free-throws at a rate of .745 and led the Ivy League in that category. Among the national leaders, Columbia ranked 27th in the country in free-throw percentage.
HANDLE WITH CARE
Columbia will look to maintain its trend of taking care of the basketball this season after averaging just 10.9 turnovers per game in 2012-13, which was the 17th fewest in the nation. In their season-opener, the Lions committed just 12 turnovers.
Three Columbia players took their talents abroad over the summer, competing against international competition. Sophomore Grant Mullins played with the Canadian Development Team at the Four Nations Tournament in China, helping his team go a perfect 9-0. Junior Alex Rosenberg played for Team USA at Maccabi Games in Israel and won a gold medal. First-year Chris McComber was one of three Canadians selected to play at the Basketball Without Borders Camp, sponsored by the NBA, in Buenos Aires.
A HISTORY OF SUCCESS
Head coach Kyle Smith has assembled a coaching staff that has a combined nine NCAA Tournament appearances (either as coaches or players), six NCAA Tournament wins and been a part of two “Sweet 16’s.”