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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 26, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Levien Gymnasium (2,700) -- New York, New York. Television: N/A. Home Record: Cornell 3-5, Columbia 3-3. Away Record: Cornell 3-5, Columbia 5-3. Neutral Record: Cornell 2-0, Columbia 1-0. Conference Record: Cornell 0-1, Columbia 1-0. Series Record: Columbia leads, 122-97.
GAME NOTES: On Saturday night, the Cornell Big Red seek vengeance in an Ivy League rematch from just a week ago, taking on the Columbia Lions at Levien Gymnasium.
Cornell is coming off a 67-58 loss to Columbia at home that opened conference play for both squads. The loss ended a brief two-game win streak for the Big Red and came right after a 103-point performance against Old Westbury.
The win over Cornell was the fourth in the last five games for a Columbia team searching for its 10th win of the season. The squad shot 61.1 percent from the field in the second half and had a 13-0 run to help pull away.
Columbia leads the all-time series 122-97 but although they took the last meeting, Cornell had won 15 of the previous 20 matchups.
Shonn Miller shot 6-of-8 from the field, scoring 13 points with three steals before fouling out for the Big Red in the loss to Columbia. Nolan Cressler added 11 points, while Johnathan Gray contributed 10. The squad only registered five shots from the free-throw line, of which they only made two. The one positive thing Cornell did was earn a 31-25 rebounding edge and score 16 second-chance points off 13 offensive rebounds. Over the course of the season, Miller is the only Big Red player scoring in double figures, averaging 10.4 ppg. Gray averages just below double figures with 9.7 ppg. The team averages 65.9 ppg, shooting 42.3 percent from the field, but allows opponents to score 69.7 ppg and shoot 45.0 percent.
Mark Cisco just missed a double-double against Cornell, with 18 points and nine rebounds. He led three other teammates in double-figure scoring, joined by Brian Barbour (16 points), Steve Frankoski (13 points), and Grant Mullins (10 points). Isaac Cohen did not register any points but dished out a game- high seven assists. The team shot 53.5 percent from the field and was 15-of-18 from the charity stripe. The Lions have four players scoring double-digits this season led by Barbour with 13.5 ppg. Mullins (11.4 ppg), Frankoski (10.3), and Alex Rosenberg (10.1) are the three other players in double-figure scoring with Cisco averaging 9.7 ppg and a team-high 6.1 rpg.
Columbia's defense will help guide the Lions to a season sweep of the Big Red.
Sports Network Projected Outcome: Columbia 65, Cornell 61
01/26 10:38:25 ET
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