• Columbia will wrap up its seven-game road swing Saturday night at UAlbany. The Lions dropped a 77-73 heartbreaker at UConn Wednesday night. Columbia held a 15-point lead in the second half before the Huskies rallied and held off the Lions in overtime.
• Lukas Meisner continues to shine, establishing new career-highs in points in the last three contests. Meisner recorded his second double-double of the season with 25 points and 11 rebounds at UConn.
• UAlbany is coming off a 75-69 victory over Colgate Wednesday to improve to 7-1 on the year. The lead changed hands 16 times and was tied on 12 occasions in the back-and-forth affair. Travis Charles had 17 points and 10 boards in the win.
• The Great Danes are 3-1 all-time against the Lions, including last season's 70-67 victory in Levien Gymnasium.
The Great Danes are a high-powered offense, averaging 82.0 points per game on 49.8 percent shooting. Averaging 16.8 PPG, Joe Cremo paces the attack while Charles and David Nichols are each posting 15.8 points per game, respectively. On the glass, UAlbany holds a +12.1 rebound margin, which ranks seventh in the NCAA.
COLUMBIA VS. THE AMERICA EAST
The Lions are 16-19 against teams currently in the America East Conference. Columbia’s most common foe is Stony Brook who they will meet for the 20th time on Dec. 7. The Lions will also take on Maine to close out 2017 on Dec. 30.
The Lions lead the Ivy League and are 32nd in the NCAA in 3-pointers made, averaging 10.3 makes per game. Columbia has knocked down exactly 10 treys in each of the last three games. The Lions' 35.8 percentage from downtown is second in the Ancient Eight. Earlier this season, the Lions tied a school record with 16 made 3-pointers in their win over Longwood on Nov. 14. Columbia previously accomplished the feat against Brown (Feb. 10, 2012) and Kean (Nov. 13, 2015).
Since battling foul trouble in the season opener, Lukas Meisner has been one of the Lions' most consistent players this season. He notched his second career double-double at Longwood, posting 12 points and 16 rebounds. The rebound total was the most for a Lion since Mark Cisco '13CC pulled down 20 rebounds against Cornell on Jan. 21, 2012. In the last three games, Meisner has set career-highs in scoring, including a 25-point, 11-rebound effort at UConn Wednesday. He and Penn's Max Rothschild are the only Ivy League players with two double-doubles this season. The Braunschweig, Germany, product sits second in the Ancient Eight in rebounding (7.5) and third in field goal percentage (59.3).