NEW YORK - Columbia will welcome Marist to Levien Gymnasium for the first time ever on Saturday night as they look to improve to 3-0 on the season. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.
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The Lions continued their early season dominance with a 74-40 romp of Haverford on Tuesday night. Columbia used a 20-0 run midway through the first half to put the game out of reach. Mark Cisco led the team with 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting, while Alex Rosenberg filled the stat-sheet with 11 points, four rebounds, and six assists.
RED FOXES’ STATUS
Marist is still in search of its first win of the season after falling to Colgate on the road on Wednesday night, 74-60. An 18-2 run in the first half propelled the Red Raiders to a lead they would never relinquish in the game. Junior Adam Kemp posted his second consecutive double-double with 15 points, on 6-of-9 shooting, and 10 boards.
HISTORY NOTES - MARIST
Despite the campuses being just a stone’s throw away from each other, this will be just the sixth meeting betwen the two schools. It was also be the Red Foxes first trip to Levien Gymnasium during the series. The teams have met up four times in Poughkeepsie, including last year’s tilt, and once at Madison Square Garden, where the Lions claimed their only victory, 63-58, in December, 2008.
Columbia is 2-0 to start a season for the first time since the 2005-06 season when they opened up 5-0. The Lions won their first two games by a combined 55 points, the largest spread to begin a year dating all the way back to 1969-70 when they topped CCNY, 89-46, and Northwestern, 83-68.
Through two games, the Lions have not trailed since the 17:26 mark of the first half at Furman, an impressive stretch of 77:34.
EVERYTHING IS ROSEY
Sophomore Alex Rosenberg has had a strong start to the season, averaging 12.5 points (while shooting .500 from the field), 6.0 boards and 4.0 assists in Columbia’s first two games.
First-years Isaac Cohen and Zach En’Wezoh impressed the Lions’ faithful in their first games at Levien on Nov. 13. Cohen posted 10 points and five rebounds, with a pair of smooth and-one’s, while En’Wezoh posted 10 second half points, highlighted by three ferocious dunks.
LIONS IN HOME OPENERS
Columbia improved to 80-32 all-time in home openers after its 74-40 win against Haverford on Nov. 13. The Lions have won four of their last five debuts in Levien Gymnasium.
IT’S BEEN A WHILE
Last Saturday, Columbia football picked up a 34-17 win over Cornell, marking the first time since 2006 that the Columbia football and men’s basketball programs have won on the same calendar day. On Nov. 18 of that year, the Lions won at Brown, 22-21, on the gridiron, while Columbia Kennesaw State, 63-51.