Columbia Takes on Bucknell in Blue Zone Game
NEW YORK - Columbia Athletics is proud to host BLUE ZONE – PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS NIGHT on Saturday, December 1, in Levien Gymnasium when the Lions take on Bucknell at 7:00 p.m.For this special men’s basketball game, Columbia Athletics has partnered with the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC) to increase awareness of Prostate Cancer. As part of this important evening, half of all ticket proceeds will be donated to prostate cancer research at the HICCC. Also, donations will be collected at the game. All fans are encouraged to join us in this promotion and attend this special game wearing COLUMBIA BLUE!
This game is sold out, but a limited number of standing room only seats will be available to the public at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Box Office located on the fourth floor of the Dodge Fitness Center.
Columbia lost to LIU, 70-61, at the WRAC on Wednesday night. The Blackbirds shot 61.1-percent and went 5-of-6 from 3-point range in the second half to hold off several Lion rallies. LIU also got to the foul line 36 times, compared to just nine attempts for Columbia. Mark Cisco posted a double-double, setting season-highs with 18 points and 13 boards.
Bucknell has won five of its first six games, including statement victories at Purdue and against New Mexico State. This will be the Bison’s second straight game against an Ivy League foe after dispatching Dartmouth, 62-49, at home on Tuesday. Senior center Mike Muscala has been a force in the middle, averaging a double-double in points and rebounds, but he also averages 2.0 assists and 2.4 blocks.
HISTORY NOTES - BUCKNELL
This will mark the fifth meeting between the Lions and Bisons dating back to 1994. Bucknell edged Columbia, 73-68, in Dec. 2010 after holding off several second half runs by the Lions. Mike Muscala was in check as he battled foul trouble. Steve Frankoski drilled four three’s in the game and finished with 12 points.
COLUMBIA AGAINST THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
The Lions have a rich history of playing Patriot League teams. Against teams currently in the conference, Columbia boasts a 104-91 overall record. The Lions most common foe has been Army, who they hold a 35-20 mark against.
ON THE MARK
Senior Mark Cisco poured in 18 points, tying a career-high, with 13 rebounds for Columbia’s first double-double of the season and the sixth of the center’s career. He now has 188 career offensive boards, putting him two away from becoming the Lions all-time leader in that category.
NOT BAD FOR A ROOKIE, EH?
First-year Grant Mullins earned Columbia’s first Ivy League Weekly honor of the year after being named the conference’s Rookie of the Week on Nov. 26. The Burlington, Ontario product scored 14 points in three games, and shot a scorching 11-for-19 (57.8%) from beyond the arc. In the Lions stunning win over Villanova, Mullins showed the poise of a seasoned veteran, knocking down four 3-pointers in the second half en route to scoring 14 points. Each of his treys seemed to come every time the Wildcats tried to make a run.
With 978 points coming into the LIU game, Brian Barbour is poised to become just the 25th player in Columbia history to eclipse 1,000 career points.
TAMING THE WILDCATS
Columbia’s win over Villanova was its first against a BIG EAST team since November 30, 1985, when the Lions topped Seton Hall on the road, 85-65. It also marked just the second victory over Villanova since a 76-64 road triumph on Dec. 29, 1969, at The Spectrum.
With wins at Furman and Villanova, Columbia won its first two road contests of a season for the first time since 2005-06. That season, the Lions started 3-0 away from Levien Gym, knocking off LIU, Stony Brook and Sacred Heart.
CLUTCH FOUL SHOOTING
In the second half of Columbia’s victory over Villanova on Nov. 20, the Lions knocked down their last 21 free-throw attempts, including 18 in the final three-plus minutes to ice the game. Brian Barbour was 12-for-12, while Alex Rosenberg knocked down 11-of-14 in the game.
YOU CAN CALL ME AL
Sophomore Alex Rosenberg poured in a career-high 21 points against Villanova and has been a steady player for Columbia this season. He is averaging 10.7 points and a team-high 5.0 boards per game. The Lions are also 4-0 when Rosenberg scores in double-figures this season.