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COLUMBIA (5-4) AT BUCKNELL (4-4)
SATURDAY, DEC. 7 • 7 P.M.
SOJKA PAVILLION • LEWISBURG, PA.
Video Stream: Patriot League Network
Audio Stream: Ivy League Digital Network (Jerry Recco - Play-by-Play & James Buford - Analyst)
Grant Mullins’ 28-point effort lifted the Lions to an 81-64 victory over Army on Wednesday night. The Black Knights opened the scoring, but Columbia answered with 11-straight (seven scored by Mullins) and never trailed the rest of the way. The Lions set season-highs for points, field goal percentage (.526), assists (20) and steals (12) in the victory.
The Bison snapped a three-game skid with a 66-59 win at Kent State, handing the Golden Flashes their first home loss on the year (7-1) on Wednesday. Bucknell trailed by seven in the second half, then went on a 15-0 run to take the lead only to see Kent State tie the game back up with 5:30 to go. However, Cameron Ayers gave the Bison the lead for good with a trey just over a minute later. Brian Fitzpatrick led four players in double figures with 16 points.
ABOUT THE MATCHUP
Columbia and Bucknell will square off for just the sixth time on Saturday. The series began in the 1994-95 season and the Bison have taken three of the five meetings. The Lions have yet to win on the road.
LIONS VS. THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
Columbia has a rich history playing teams in the Patriot League. The Lions are 122-95 against teams currently in the conference. Columbia’s most common opponent is Army, who they defeated, 81-64, on Dec. 4 in the 57th meeting between the schools. The Lions also topped American on Nov. 26 will travel to Colgate on Dec. 30.
For the second time this year, sophomore Grant Mullins set a new personal mark for scoring after dropping 28 points on 6-of-10 shooting from downtown against Army on Dec. 4. His 10 made field goals against the Black Knights was the most for a Lion since Noruwa Agho knocked down 12 buckets against Brown on Mar. 5, 2011 and the six made treys is tied for the highest single-game total in the Ancient Eight. The Burlington, Ontario product set his previous high, netting 23 points (21 coming in the second half) in Columbia’s Nov. 12 contest against Manhattan.
Maodo Lo filled the stat sheet on Dec. 4 against Army, posting eight points, a career-high seven assists, four rebounds and four steals (another personal best) in 37 minutes of action.
SHARING IS CARING
Although Columbia is averaging just 10.9 assists per game as a team, the Lions are not lacking in the facilitator department. Three players have recorded five or more assists this season for Columbia (Osetkowski - 5 vs. UMES, Cohen - 6 vs. American, Lo - 7 vs. Army).
Columbia’s 12 steals against Army on Dec. 4 were the most for the program since they forced 12 miscues in its upset win at Villanova on Nov. 20, 2012.
COMING UP ROSES
Junior Alex Rosenberg is finding his stride as the Lions’ sixth man, averaging 15.5 points over his four games. Rosenberg netted 17 points in a win over Idaho on Nov. 23 and scored 19 at Elon on Dec. 1, including a game-tying 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left to force overtime.
On Dec. 1 at Elon, Columbia overcame a 15-0 deficit and forced overtime. It was the first time the Lions needed the extra session since Mar. 2, 2012 against Harvard (a 77-70 loss) in Levien Gym.
HOT HAND LUKE
First-year Luke Petrasek played the finest game of his young career after posting 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go with four rebounds in Columbia’s 14-point win over American on Nov. 26. Petrasek has started all nine games at power forward.
LO BLAZES THE OREGON TRAIL
Sophomore Maodo Lo was named Ivy League Player of the Week on Nov. 25 after his red-hot shooting in three games at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Portland from Nov. 21-23. Lo averaged 17.7 points and shot .667 (9-of-12) from 3-point range. The Berlin, Germany native posted a career-high 23 points with five treys against North Texas and dropped 20 points, including a pair of triples to spark a first-half run, against Idaho.