Men's Basketball Readies for Stony Brook Wednesday
COLUMBIA (9-6) VS. STONY BROOK (9-5)
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8 • 7 P.M
LEVIEN GYMNASIUM • NEW YORK
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Jerry Recco - Play-by-Play
The Lions continued to roll at home after dispatching St. Francis Brooklyn, 81-61, on Jan. 4. Maodo Lo scored 22 points while Alex Rosenberg chipped in 21 to guide Columbia, who led wire-to-wire.
STONY BROOK’S STATUS
The Seawolves hung around for a half against VCU, but the Rams’ HAVOC pressure proved to be too much for SBU in the second half as they fell 81-63 on Jan. 3. Carson Puriefoy and Dave Coley each netted 16 points in the defeat.
ABOUT THE MATCHUP
Columbia and Stony Brook will meet for the 12th time on Wednesday with the Seawolves holding a 6-5 overall mark, dating back to 1998. This will be the first meeting between the schools since a 67-53 Stony Brook win on Long Island on Nov. 22, 2011.
LIONS VS. THE AMERICA EAST
Against teams currently in the America East, Columbia holds a 13-18 record. This will mark the second foe from the AE for the Lions this season after a win over UMass-Lowell on Dec. 9. Columbia’s most common opponent in the league has been Stony Brook, who they have faced 11 previous times.
TAMING THE TERRIERS
The Lions opened 2014 with a bang, topping St. Francis Brooklyn, 81-61, in Levien Gym on Jan. 4. Columbia scored 50 points in the first half to a Terrier squad that allowed just 56 points in an entire game at Syracuse in November. It was the first time Columbia scored 50 points in a half since February, 25, 2012 at Brown. Maodo Lo scored 22 points and Alex Rosenberg added 21, respectively, marking the first time two Lions reached the 20-point plateau in the same game since Jan. 15, 2011 at Cornell (Noruwa Agho - 25, Brian Barbour 21).
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARDS
Sophomore Isaac Cohen’s 14 rebound performance against St. Francis Brooklyn on Jan. 4 was the most of by any Lion this season and is the second highest total of any player in the Ivy League and is the most from any guard in the conference this season. The 6-4 Cohen leads the squad averaging 5.9 boards per game and ranks 10th in the Ancient Eight.
THE LIONS’ DEN
Through seven games, Levien Gymnasium has been an intimidating place to play for opposing teams. Columbia has posted a 6-1 mark on its home floor, has won each game by double-figures and by an average margin of 22 points.
REACH OUT AND TOUCH SOMEONE
The Lions’ 3-point shooting has been a strength all season long, shooting .411 from long-distance to lead the Ivy League and rank 21st in the nation. If Columbia continues its current pace (8.1 makes per game), the team will have 248 treys, shattering the single-season mark of 218 set in 1996-97.
THE DEFENSE NEVER RESTS
In the latest NCAA rankings that came out on Jan. 6, Columbia was ranked 17th in the nation in scoring defense, limiting opponents to just 60.8. The Lions have also improved their field goal (2013-14 - .410/2012-13 - .435) and 3-point percentage defense (2013-14 - .323/2012-13 - .368) from a year ago.
COMING UP ROSES
Whether it has been coming off the bench or starting, Alex Rosenberg has been one of the Lions most consistent players this season. Here are a list of his accomplishments this season.
• Named Ivy League Co-Player of the Week on Jan. 6.
• Became first player to record back-to-back 20-plus point games since Brian Barbour did so in three-straight games in January of 2012.
• Leads the Ivy League in 3-point field goal percentage (.515).
• Has reached double-figures in scoring in his last 10 games and is averaging 15.6 points per game and shooting 52-percent from 3-point range and 82-percent from the foul line during that stretch.
• Scored a career-high 23 points and pulled down nine boards in 43 minutes of action in a double-OT win at Colgate on Dec. 30.
• Recorded 19 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer as time expired in regulation, at Elon on Dec. 1.