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DATE & TIME: Friday, February 21, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Levien Gymnasium (2,700) -- New York, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Brown 8-3, Columbia 10-2. Away Record: Brown 5-6, Columbia 3-7. Neutral Record: Brown 0-0, Columbia 2-1. Conference Record: Brown 5-3, Columbia 4-4. Series Record: Columbia leads, 67-65.
GAME NOTES: The Brown Bears begin an important four-game road trip this weekend, beginning with an Ivy League clash with the Columbia Lions at Levien Gymnasium on Friday night.
Brown has won five of its last seven games to improve to 13-9 overall and 5-3 in league play, which is good enough for third in the Ivy League standings. However, the Bears have split each of their last four contests as they get ready to visit Cornell, Penn and Princeton in the three games following this bout.
Columbia is just a game back of Brown in the conference standings, having split its eight league tests so far. The Lions ended a stretch of four losses in five games last Saturday with a 69-59 victory over Dartmouth. They will host Yale, which is tied for first place in the Ivy League, on Saturday.
Rafael Maia logged a double-double consisting of 18 points and 12 rebounds to carry Brown past Columbia, 64-56, when they met on Feb. 1. The Bears have won four straight against the Lions, who are still clinging to a 67-65 edge in the all-time series.
Despite connecting on only 36.2 percent of their field goal tries, the Bears were still able to post a 62-55 victory over Penn last Saturday. Brown forced 22 turnovers in the contest, which led it to seven more field goal attempts and an additional 13 points.
In comparison to the rest of the Ivy League, Brown is a solid offensive team, ranking third in scoring (70.5 ppg), despite shooting a meager 43.2 percent from the floor. Where the Bears really impress is on the boards, leading the conference and ranking 15th nationally in rebounding (39.9 rpg). Maia (10.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg) and Cedric Kuakumensah (7.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.6 bpg) make up a formidable duo on the interior, with Maia leading the league in rebounds and Kuakumensah the top man in blocks. Sean McGonagill (17.8 ppg) takes care of most of the scoring, ranking second in the Ivy League in points per game.
The Lions were able to separate themselves in the second half to top Dartmouth. They connected on 52.4 percent from the floor and 13-of-14 at the free-throw line in the final 20 minutes, turning a one-point halftime edge into a 10-point margin of victory.
Columbia is a bit behind Brown at the offensive end, at least in terms of overall scoring (68.6 ppg). However, the Lions are only shooting a shade less than 45 percent from the floor, while turning in strong numbers in scoring defense (62.9 ppg) and opponent field goal percentage (.419). Alex Rosenberg (15.4 ppg) and Maodo Lo (14.4 ppg) head up the offensive efforts. Lo tallied 22 points on 8-of-15 from the floor against Dartmouth, while Rosenberg had 19 points, 14 of which came at the free-throw line. Grant Mullins (11.7 ppg) is the third and final member of the team averaging in double figures.
Brown may have beaten Columbia earlier this season, but some of that had to do with the venue. Now that the table is turned in the Lions' favor in that regard, the result should flip as well.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Columbia 66, Brown 59
02/21 10:35:15 ET
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