The Lions fell at Miami Wednesday, 78-67. Columbia trailed by 13 in the first half, but stormed back with a 14-3 run to pull within two with just over 10 minutes left in the game. However, the Hurricanes came up with key buckets and held Columbia to just two field goals in the final 4:55 to hang on for the win.
• The Great Danes have had 10 days off since its last game, a 71-53 loss at SMU.
• Joe Cremo is posting 16.8 points per game to lead the squad. David Nichols and Greig Stire are both averaging 6.2 rebounds.
• This will be the third Ivy League opponent UAlbany has faced. They topped Brown, 80-76, Nov. 20 and fell to Yale, 59-55, Dec. 3.
Friday will be the fifth all-time meeting between the Lions and Great Danes and the first since Nov. 25, 2008 - a 66-49 win for UAlbany in Levien Gymnasium.
COLUMBIA VS. THE AMERICA EAST
The Lions are 15-18 against teams currently in the America East Conference. Columbia’s most common foe is Stony Brook (7-12), who it defeated, 73-66, to open the 2016-17 campaign.
Columbia tied the program’s single-game record with 14 steals in its win over Manhattanville, on Dec. 11. The Lions followed that up with nine swipes at Miami Wednesday, which was the most they have recorded against a Division I foe this season.