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NEW YORK - The Columbia men's basketball team returns to action this Wednesday, Jan. 2, when they welcome Colgate to Levien Gymnasium at 7:00 p.m.
Columbia used a season-high 12 three-pointers to take down intra-city rival Manhattan on Saturday. The Lions started the game on a 14-2 run and never trailed in the contest. Sophomore Steve Frankoski led the team in scoring off the bench for the second straight game with 18 points. Sophomore Alex Rosenberg narrowly missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.
RED RAIDERS’ STATUS
Colgate has won two straight and is coming off a thrilling 65-63 win over New Hampshire on Sunday. Luke Roh hit the game-winner on a second-chance putback with two seconds to go after the Wildcats missed the front-end of a one-and-one. Murphy Burnatowski scored a career-high 31 points in the game. The Red Raiders are just 1-8 on the road this season, with their lone win coming at St. Francis (Pa.).
HISTORY NOTES - COLGATE
Columbia defeated Colgate, 66-59, in Hamilton, N.Y., last season behind 21 points from Meiko Lyles. In a back-and-forth contest, the Lions held the Red Raiders without a field goal during an eight minute stretch in the second half, but could not put Colgate away until the closing minutes after knocking down key free-throws down the stretch.
COLUMBIA AGAINST THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
Columbia has a rich history of playing Patriot League teams. Against teams currently in the conference, Columbia boasts a 105-92 overall record. The Lions have already faced Bucknell and American, and will finish up non-conference play with road contests at Army and Holy Cross.
FRANKIE SAYS RELAX
Steve Frankoski has found the range, averaging 19.0 points in his last two games. He has knocked down six treys in each contest, and is 12-of-18 (66.7 percent) from downtown.
’TIS THE SEASON
Senior Brian Barbour has been in the holiday spirit in his last two games as well. On Dec. 22 vs. Elon, Barbour handed out a career-high 12 assists, and against Manhattan he dished out six. The Alamo, Calif., product is second in the league, averaging 5.3 dimes per game.
SKY IS THE LIMIT
Sophomore forward Skylar Scrivano made his collegiate debut against Manhattan on Dec. 29 after missing all of last year and the first 10 games this season due to injuries. Scrivano provided strong defense in his 13 minutes of action and a ferocious dunk.
YOU CAN CALL ME AL
Sophomore Alex Rosenberg continued his steady play after posting 12 points, nine rebounds and a career-high four steals against Manhattan on Dec. 29. He is averaging 10.5 points and 4.8 boards per game. The Lions are also 5-1 when Rosenberg scores in double-figures this season.
ONE TO “WATCH”
The honors continue to pour in for Brian Barbour, who was selected as one of 80 players on the 2013 Bob Cousy Award watch list on Dec. 20. The Cousy Award goes to the nation’s top point guard. The list will be trimmed to 20 candidates in early January.
Senior Brian Barbour became just the 25th player in Columbia history to eclipse 1,000 career points in the first half of the Lions’ win at American on Dec. 9. He is the first player to join the prestigious club since Noruwa Agho accomplished the feat during the 2010-11 season.
NOT BAD FOR A ROOKIE, EH?
First-year Grant Mullins earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the second time this season after his career-high 20-point effort at American on Dec. 10. Mullins’ first accolade came on Nov. 26 after averaging 14 points in three games and shooting a scorching 11-for-19 (57.8%) from beyond the arc.
LAW OF AVERAGES
The Lions started their game at American 0-for-15 from the field and did not get their first bucket until 10:42 remaining in the first half. Stout defense kept Columbia in the game, and eventually shots began to fall. The Lions knocked down 17 of their last 34 attempts to earn the comeback win.
HANDLE WITH CARE
Columbia has become one of nation’s best in taking care of the ball. The Lions’ 10.6 turnovers per game is the 10th fewest in the NCAA.