GAME NOTES (.pdf)
COLUMBIA (5-5) VS. UMASS-LOWELL (1-8)
MONDAY, DEC. 9 • 7 P.M.
LEVIEN GYMNASIUM • NEW YORK
The Lions fell to Bucknell, 57-52, in a back-and-forth affair in Lewisburg, Pa., on Saturday night. Columbia led for the majority of the first half, but the Bison chipped away and took control in the early stages of the second frame. The Lions bounced back and eventually took a two-point lead with 3:07 remaining; however, Bucknell closed the game with a 7-2 run to pull out the victory.
The River Hawks are in the midst of a two-game metropolitan road swing after a 55-44 loss at NJIT on Saturday. The teams exchanged the lead seven times in the first half before a 12-4 run gave the Highlanders the lead for good. UMass-Lowell, who is in its first year as a Division I program, is led by guard Akeem Williams, who averages 14.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
TOYS FOR TOTS
Columbia Athletics has partnered with Toys for Tots to collect toys and donations for children at the St. Francis Youth Center in the South Bronx. Columbia student-athletes will be collecting toys and donations at the game to donate to St. Francis.
LIONS VS. THE AMERICA EAST
Against teams currently in the America East, Columbia holds a 12-18 record. The Lions’ most common opponent has been Stony Brook, who they hold a 5-6 mark against and will face on Jan. 8.
Columbia and Bucknell came into their Dec. 7 contest nearly identical in most statistical categories, and the game played out exactly the same way. There were just two fast break points scored as the squads concentrated on running their half-court sets on offense. The Bison shot 39.5 percent, just 0.4 above the Lions, while Columbia held a 31-29 edge on the boards. Both teams posted 10 assists, and turnovers were 10-9.
COMING UP ROSES
Junior Alex Rosenberg is finding his stride as the Lions’ sixth man, averaging 14.4 points and shooting 50 percent from the floor over his four games. Rosenberg netted 17 points in a win over Idaho on Nov. 23 and scored 19 at Elon on Dec. 1, including a game-tying 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left to force overtime.
For the second time this year, sophomore Grant Mullins set a new personal mark for scoring after dropping 28 points on 6-of-10 shooting from downtown against Army on Dec. 4. His 10 made field goals against the Black Knights was the most for a Lion since Noruwa Agho knocked down 12 buckets against Brown on Mar. 5, 2011, and the six made treys is tied for the highest single-game total in the Ancient Eight. The Burlington, Ontario product set his previous high, netting 23 points (21 coming in the second half) in Columbia’s Nov. 12 contest against Manhattan.
Maodo Lo filled the stat sheet on Dec. 4 against Army, posting eight points, a career-high seven assists, four rebounds and four steals (another personal best) in 37 minutes of action.
SHARING IS CARING
Although Columbia is averaging just 10.8 assists per game as a team, the Lions are not lacking in the facilitator department. Three players have recorded five or more assists this season for Columbia (Osetkowski - 5 vs. UMES, Cohen - 6 vs. American, Lo - 7 vs. Army).
Columbia’s 12 steals against Army on Dec. 4 were the most for the program since it forced 12 miscues in its upset win at Villanova on Nov. 20, 2012.
On Dec. 1 at Elon, Columbia overcame a 15-0 deficit and forced overtime. It was the first time the Lions needed the extra session since March 2, 2012, against Harvard (a 77-70 loss) in Levien Gym.
HOT HAND LUKE
First-year Luke Petrasek played the finest game of his young career after posting 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go with four rebounds in Columbia’s 14-point win over American on Nov. 26. Petrasek has started all 10 games at power forward.