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The Columbia men's basketball team will look to build upon its victory over first-place Harvard when they take on Brown and Yale on the road this weekend. Both games are slated for 7 p.m. tip-offs.
Both games can be heard live on www.gocolumbialions.com or through the Columbia Athletics app (click here for more information) on mobile devices. Jerry Recco, Dalen Cuff '06CC and James Buford will bring you all the action.
For Lions' fans in the Providence area, the game will be broadcast locally on MyRITV.
Columbia snapped a four-game losing streak after handing Harvard its first Ivy League loss of the season on Sunday. Steve Frankoski’s 27 points paced the Lions’ attack, who shot over 50 percent from the floor and 9-of-17 from 3-point range. After a tightly contested first half, Columbia pulled away and led by as many as 20 points in the second half to halt the Crimson’s seven-game win streak over the Lions.
Brown dropped a pair of decisions at Princeton and Penn last weekend and are in the midst of a three-game losing streak. Against the Quakers, the Bears led 20-16 with just over six minutes left in the first half, before foul trouble sent Cedric Kuakumensah and Rafael Maia to the bench. Penn took advantage and took a three-point cushion into the break and used an early 12-5 run in the second to put the game out of reach. Sean McGonagill reached the 1,000-point plateau in the defeat.
Yale swept its Penn-Princeton road trip for the first time since the 1987 season and snapped the Tigers 21-game home Ivy League winning streak on Saturday with a 69-65 triumph. The Bulldogs shot 65-percent in the first 20 minutes and held an eight-point lead at the half. Princeton would not go quietly and had a chance to tie the game in the closing moments, but Matt Townsend forced a turnover and Austin Morgan sank a pair of free-throws to ice the game.
A LOOK BACK - BROWN VS. COLUMBIA 2012
Columbia tied a program record with 16 three-pointers and led by double figures nearly the whole way in an 86-60 victory over Brown at Levien Gymnasium. The Lions shot over the Bears zone defense, building a 36-13 lead over the first 15 minutes of the game. At one point, the Lions made six straight shots from behind the arc and cruised to the victory. Chris Crockett scored 18 points to lead the way for Columbia. Matt Sullivan scored 17 for Brown.
The Bears were the team feeling it at the Pizzitola Center, draining 14 treys, and used a 28-point, 8-rebound, 8-assist effort by Sean McGonagill to down the Lions, 94-78. Brian Barbour posted 18 points and 10 assists for Columbia.
A LOOK BACK - YALE VS. COLUMBIA 2012
Trailing by 21 points with 11:30 left to play, Yale mounted a furious rally to defeat Columbia 59-58 at Levien Gym. A 17-2 Bulldogs run pulled them within five with over four minutes to play, and Reggie Willhite hit a layup with 13 seconds remaining to give Yale the lead.The Lions had a chance to tie or take the lead, but Blaise Staab missed two free-throws with three seconds to go to allow the Bulldogs to escape with the win. Mark Cisco recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 boards. Willhite finished with 24 points.
Yale completed the sweep of Columbia with a 75-67 triumph at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. This time it was the Bulldogs who built a large lead in the first half, going ahead 20-5 with 11 minutes remaining. The Lions trimmed the lead to eight at halftime and continued to chip away, eventually evening the score, 56-56, at the 6:06 mark of the second half. Despite the efforts of Brian Barbour, who notched 21 points and eight assists, Columbia could not get over the hump. Greg Mangano and Willhite combined for 42 points and 13 rebounds.
On Feb. 10, Columbia snapped a seven-game losing streak to Harvard, dating back to Feb. 14, 2009, after a 78-63 romp of the first-place Crimson. It was also the Lions largest margin of victory over Harvard since Feb. 2, 2007, when Columbia claimed a 90-70 win on the road.
FRANKIE SAYS RELAX
Sophomore Steve Frankoski poured in a career-high 27 points, including 20 in the first half alone, in the Lions convincing win over Harvard on Feb. 10. It was the first time a Columbia player scored 25+ points since Meiko Lyles against Fairleigh Dickinson last season.
HANDLE WITH CARE
Columbia has done a tremendous job taking care of the ball this season, averaging 10.1 turnovers per game, which is the fifth fewest in the nation. Additionally, the Lions 1.35 assist/turnover ratio puts them 17th in the country and Brian Barbour ranks fourth in the NCAA, holding a 3.39:1 ratio.
THE GIVING TREE
Sophomore center Cory Osetkowski (affectionately known as “Tree” to his teammates) provided a huge lift, tying career-highs with 10 points and nine rebounds against Harvard on Feb. 10. The 6-11 center showed off an array of post-moves and provided a huge lift off the bench.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARDS
Senior Mark Cisco cracked the top-10 on the Lions’ all-time rebounding list after grabbing seven boards against Harvard on Feb. 10. He currently checks in with 550 career boards to place him 10th on the charts. Cisco also became Columbia’s all-time leader in offensive rebounds after grabbing four against Bucknell on Dec. 1. Cisco, who now has 215 offensive boards, passed the mark of 189 previously held by John Baumann (‘08CC).
First-year Maodo Lo has stepped up his play, scoring in double-figures in three of his last five contests. At Princeton on Feb. 2, the speedy guard scored a career-high 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Lo is averaging 10.0 points during this stretch and has started the last 11 games for the Lions.
I LIKE IKE
First-year Isaac Cohen has been able to do different things on a nightly basis to help Columbia since the start of Ivy League play. At Cornell on Jan. 19, he dished out a career-high seven assists without attempting a shot. At The Palestra against Penn, he pulled down nine rebounds in 25 minutes. The Orlando, Fla. product, followed with a seven-point performance at Princeton on 3-of-3 shooting. For the year, Cohen has been a selective 13-of-19 (68.4%) on his field goal attempts.
Senior John Daniels sparked a furious late rally against Cornell on Jan. 26 with a thunderous two-handed jam over a Big Red player. The play was featured as the No. 3 play on SportsCenter’s Top-10 that evening.
DID YOU KNOW?
Prior to the Lions’ conference-opening win at Cornell on Jan. 19, Columbia had not won a road game to begin an Ivy League season since a 74-64 win against the Big Red on Jan. 16, 1993.