Men's Basketball Takes On Army in Blue Zone Game Wednesday
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COLUMBIA (4-4) VS. ARMY (1-5)
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4 • 7 P.M.
BLUE ZONE - PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS NIGHT
LEVIEN GYMNASIUM • NEW YORK
For this special men’s basketball game, Columbia Athletics has partnered with the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC) at the Columbia University Medical Center 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. Donations will be collected at the game. Fans in attendance will get a fake mustache and blue ribbon to increase awareness of prostate cancer.
All fans are encouraged to join us in this promotion and attend this special game wearing COLUMBIA BLUE!
The Lions climbed back from a 15-0 hole to start the game to force overtime, but Elon made enough plays to secure a 68-65 win on Sunday. Junior Alex Rosenberg scored a game-high 19 points, including an off-balance 3-pointer to force the extra session with 0.4 seconds left in regulation. Despite the loss, Columbia played strong defensively, holding the Phoenix’ 12 points under their season average even with five extra minutes of play.
Similar to the Lions, the Black Knights are coming off a heartbreaking overtime defeat to Houston Baptist on Nov. 30. Down by one, the Huskies converted a traditional 3-point play with two seconds remaining to earn the road win. The Black Knights are led by Kyle Wilson, who is averaging 16.3 points.
ABOUT THE MATCHUP
Columbia and Army renewed its rivalry last season following a six-year gap in the series. After trailing for nearly the entire first half, Steve Frankoski scored 13 second half points to help the Lions come away with a 64-52 victory at Christil Arena last January.
LIONS VS. THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
Columbia has a rich history playing teams in the Patriot League. The Lions are 121-95 against teams currently in the conference. Columbia’s most common opponent is Army, who they will face for the 57th time on Wednesday. This season, Columbia has already topped American and will take on Bucknell on Dec. 7 and Colgate on Dec. 30.
COMING UP ROSES
Junior Alex Rosenberg is finding his stride as the Lions’ sixth man, averaging 15.7 points over his last three games. Rosenberg netted 17 points in a win over Idaho on Nov. 23 and most recently scored 19 at Elon, including a game-tying 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left to force overtime.
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 eight games at power forward.
HANDLE WITH CARE
Columbia has once again done a solid job of taking care of the basketball this season, averaging just 13.3 turnovers per game after posting a mark of 10.9 in 2012-13, which was the 17th fewest in the nation.
LO BLAZES THE OREGON TRAIL
Sophomore Maodo Lo was named Ivy League Player of the Week on Nov. 25 after his red-hot shooting in three games at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Portland from Nov. 21-23. Lo averaged 17.7 points and shot .667 (9-of-12) from 3-point range. The Berlin, Germany native posted a career-high 23 points with five treys against North Texas and dropped 20 points, including a pair of triples to spark a first-half run, against Idaho.
After seeing limited action in Columbia’s first four games, first-year Jeff Coby posted career-highs of 10 points and six boards in 23 minutes off the bench against Portland on Nov. 22.
Columbia’s 29.5 field goal percentage against Portland on Nov. 22 was the first time a Lions’ team failed to shoot above 30-percent since a 27.4-percent performance against UMBC, coincidentally, five years to the exact day in 2008.
And it wasn’t just Lo who was red-hot from 3-point range against the Big Green. The Lions drilled 12 treys, 10 in the first half, and converted at a season-best 54.5-percent clip.