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The Columbia men's basketball team will take its three-game winning streak to Worcester, Mass. to take on Holy Cross on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. Fans can listen to the game on www.gocolumbialions.com and on their mobile devices by downloading the official Columbia Athletics app.
Columbia used a second half surge to erase a five-point halftime deficit and turn it into a 64-52 victory at Army on Saturday. The Lions shot a scorching 57.1 percent from the field in the second half and held a 40-30 edge on the glass for the game to earn the victory. Steve Frankoski scored a game-high 13 points, while the frontcourt of Mark Cisco and John Daniels combined for 20 rebounds and played strong on both ends of the floor.
Holy Cross has lost three-straight including a pair to Ivy League squads (Harvard and Yale). The Crusaders fell to the Bulldogs, 61-54, on Friday in a back-and-forth battle. Despite shooting a better percentage (40.4-32.2 percent), Holy Cross committed 23 turnovers and allowed 19 offensive rebounds, which ultimately proved costly. Dave Dudzinski scored 18 points, while Justin Burrell chipped in 17.
HISTORY NOTES - HOLY CROSS
This will mark the 12th meeting all-time between the two schools. The Crusaders have not won against the Lions at home since the 1952-53 season. Holy Cross’ last victory over Columbia came in a neutral site game in Hartford, Conn. by a 72-69 count in November of 1990.
Despite trailing for all but the final 2.4 seconds and by as many as 20 points, the Lions claimed a 46-45 win against the Crusaders last December. Mark Cisco knocked down the game-winning free-throw and scored a team-high 14 points.
COLUMBIA AGAINST THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
Columbia has a rich history of playing Patriot League teams. Against teams currently in the conference, Columbia boasts a 107-92 overall record. The Lions already faced Bucknell and American and finished non-conference play with three-straight Patriot League foes (Colgate, Army, Holy Cross).
FIRST THREE SEASONS OF THE SMITH ERA
Over the last two-plus seasons with Kyle Smith as the Lions’ head coach, Columbia has won 38 games. That is the largest total since Lou Rossini (1950-58) won 56 games in his first three seasons on the bench.
FRANKIE SAYS RELAX
Steve Frankoski has found the range, scoring in double-figures in each of the last four games. He has knocked down 17-of-28 (61 percent) of his attempts from downtown during that span.
TIS THE SEASON
Senior Brian Barbour was a giving mood during the holiday season this year. On Dec. 22 vs. Elon, Barbour handed out a career-high 12 assists, and has back-to-back games of six assists. The Alamo, Calif., product is second in the league, averaging 5.3 dimes per game. He now has 304 career assists, to put him for sixth on the all-time list and is the first Columbia player to record 1,000 career points and 300 assists.
Sophomore Noah Springwater has come off the bench in the second half the Lions’ wins against Manhattan and Colgate, providing a defensive lift in key spots. His strong on-ball defense has helped weather late runs by opponents. In addition, he is a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range during the stretch.
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 10.1 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.