Brown (11-14) at Columbia (12-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 2, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Levien Gym (3,400) -- Manhattan, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Brown 7-4, Columbia 6-6. Away Record: Brown 4-10, Columbia 5-7. Neutral Record: Brown 0-0, Columbia 1-0. Conference Record: Brown 5-6, Columbia 4-7. Series Record: Columbia leads, 67-63.
GAME NOTES: A couple of Ivy League programs both shooting for a three-game win streak get together in Manhattan on Saturday night, as the Columbia Lions welcome the Brown Bears to Levien Gym.
Brown, which had a three-game win streak earlier in the season, although not all three opponents were Division I foes, is coming off a season-high 84-point effort against Cornell on the road last night in a 19-point triumph. Now 5-6 in league play, the Bears are tied with both Yale and the Big Red for third place in the standings.
Sporting a mark of 4-7 in conference, Columbia is sitting in seventh place in the standings following a 59-46 victory over the Bulldogs at home last night. Unlike Brown, the Lions are still waiting to string together three victories for the first time in 2012-13.
Columbia still owns a 67-63 advantage in the all-time series between the programs, but it was Brown that slipped by with a 58-55 win in the first meeting of the season a few weeks back in Rhode Island.
In addition to taking great care of the ball with just nine turnovers last night, Brown shot an impressive 53.4 percent from the floor which included 13- of-27 behind the 3-point line. Tucker Halpern and Rafael Maia both dropped in 22 points for the Bears, the former converting 6-of-11 beyond the arc and the latter clearing a game-high 13 rebounds as he planted himself in the paint. Matt Sullivan tossed in another 16 points for the Bears, while Cedric Kuakumensah filled his stat line with eight points, seven rebounds and seven blocked shots.
The Bears have three double-digit scorers at the moment in Sullivan (14.1 ppg), Sean McGonagill (13.6 ppg) and Maia (10.8 ppg), yet somehow the squad is still generating a mere 61.7 ppg as they continue to get little support from the reserves. Another issue for Brown is that it is shooting just 62.6 percent at the free-throw line and just a shade over 40 percent from the floor. Kuakumensah, who set the school's single-season shot-blocking record with 60, is now 11th on the Ivy League single-season chart in that department as well.
Even though the Lions won by 13 points last night against Yale, the meeting still experienced seven ties and six lead changes as the two teams went through a 26-point scoring swing. After shooting only 33.3 percent from the floor in the first half, Columbia nearly doubled that accuracy to 65.2 percent as it cruised to the win thanks to Maodo Lo who tallied 20 points. Coming up a point shy of a double-double was Alex Rosenberg who cleared 10 rebounds for the hosts as well.
The effort by Rosenberg on the glass was a bit unexpected seeing as though he is averaging only 4.4 rpg, but still it was a welcomed surprise for a program that is barely getting by with a 0.7 rpg advantage over the competition. Brian Barbour is the lone double-digit scorer through 25 games with his 11.7 ppg, but there are times when his efforts hurt more than they help as he shoots just 34.8 percent from the floor and 27.2 percent behind the 3-point line.
With Kuakumensah intimidating shooters in the paint for the Bears and a trio of reliable scoring threats handling their business at the other end of the floor, Brown should be in good shape tonight even though it is on the road once again.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Brown 73, Columbia 62
03/02 11:12:49 ET