Columbia Hosts Haverford in Home Opener Tuesday
NEW YORK - Fresh off its rousing, 68-47, win over Furman on Saturday, the Columbia men's basketball will return to Levien Gymnasium to take on Haverford on Tuesday night. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, click here or call (888) LIONS-11.
The Lions opened up the 2012-13 season with a convincing, 68-47, win at Furman on Saturday night. Senior Brian Barbour posted impressive totals of 19 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Columbia implemented a 2-3 zone that forced 14 turnovers that turned into 18 points in transition. The Paladins shot just 30.8% from the floor, including a 1-of-17 mark from downtown.
Haverford (NCAA Division III) is coming off a 9-16 season in 2011-12. The Fords return two of their top three scorers in Cam Baker (14.6 points per game) and Brett Cohen (11.3 ppg). Haverford will look to bounce back with a mix of veterans and talented newcomers.
HISTORY NOTES - HAVERFORD
This marks just the fourth all-time meeting between the two schools and the first since the 2001-02 season. Columbia has dominated the series, winning by an average margin of 22.7 points. Each contest has been played at Levien Gymnasium
Columbia improved 75-37 all-time in season openers after its convincing, 68-47, win at Furman on Nov. 10. The victory also marked some significant feats for the program.
- First season-opening win since 2008 (65-62, at Fordham).
- Largest margin of victory in a debut game since 1995 (67-42, vs. Ursinus).
- Largest margin of victory in road-opener since 1977 (at CCNY, 95-65).
LIONS IN HOME OPENERS
Columbia is 79-32 all-time in home openers. The Lions have won three of their last four debuts in Levien Gymnasium.
After missing the entire 2011-12 season due to injury, sophomore guard Steve Frankoski played a key role in the Lions opening-night win over Furman. Columbia’s top outside threat scored 16 points and drilled four three-pointers, while adding a career-high five boards in 26 minutes.