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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

Men's Basketball Hosts Central Penn in Final Non-Conference Tuneup Saturday

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 01/10/2014
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COLUMBIA (10-6) VS. CENTRAL PENN (8-6)
SATURDAY, JAN. 11 • 4 P.M
LEVIEN GYMNASIUM • NEW YORK

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COLUMBIA’S STATUS
The Lions picked up their third consecutive victory on Wednesday, holding off Stony Brook, 68-63. The contest was a nip-and-tuck affair, but Columbia pulled away on the strength of nine second half 3-pointers to come away with the win. Maodo Lo and Alex Rosenberg each set new career-highs, scoring 29 and 24 points, respectively. The Lions held a 35-25 edge on the glass against the Seawolves, one of the better rebounding teams in the country.

CENTRAL PENN’S STATUS
The Knights come into the matchup with an 8-6 record. Central Penn has played three other NCAA Division I teams (Radford, Towson, Elon) and has surrendered 100 points in each of those contests. Devon Dorsey leads the Knights, who average 91.5 points per game as a team.

ABOUT THE MATCHUP
This will be the first meeting between these two schools. Central Penn is affiiliated with the  U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association in the Division II tier.

DYNAMIC DUO
Against Stony Brook on Jan. 8, Maodo Lo and Alex Rosenberg scored 20-plus points in the same game for the second time in a row. Dating back to the 1974-75 season, there have been no instances found of two Columbia players scoring 20 points in a single-game twice in the same season.

THREE-COH-LA!
In the second half of the Lions win over Stony Brook on Jan. 8, the squad scored only on 3-point field goals and free throws until the 3:41 mark of the frame.

ENTER SANDMAN
Sophomore Maodo Lo did his best Mariano Rivera impersonation against Stony Brook on Jan. 8, scoring 21 of his 29 points in the second half to help the Lions hold off the Seawolves, 68-63. For the game, Lo knocked down seven triples, which is tied for the second highest single-game total in program history and one off the all-time mark of eight makes.

FRANK IS BACK
Junior co-captain Steve Frankoski returned to action against Stony Brook on Jan. 8 after missing the first 15 games of the season while recovering from a wrist injury. Frankoski played just three minutes and did not attempt a shot.

THE LIONS’ DEN
Through eight games, Levien Gymnasium has been an intimidating place to play for opposing teams. Columbia has posted a 7-1 mark on its home floor and has won those games by an average margin of 19.6 points (six by double-figures).

REACH OUT AND TOUCH SOMEONE
The Lions’ 3-point shooting has been a strength all season long as they are converting on .410 of their attempts from long-distance to lead the Ivy League and rank 17th in the nation. If Columbia continues its current pace (8.4 makes per game), the team will have 260 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. 9, Columbia was ranked 17th in the nation in scoring defense, limiting opponents to just 60.9. The Lions have also improved their field goal (2013-14 - .414/2012-13 - .435) and 3-point percentage defense (2013-14 - .324/2012-13 - .368) from a year ago.

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 5.6 boards per game.

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