Manhattan (1-0) at Columbia (1-0)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 12, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Levien Gymnasium (2,700) -- New York, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Manhattan 0-0, Columbia 1-0. Away Record: Manhattan 1-0, Columbia 0-0. Neutral Record: Manhattan 0-0, Columbia 0-0. Conference Record: Manhattan 0-0, Columbia 0-0. Series Record: Columbia leads, 15-8.
GAME NOTES: A pair of intra-city rivals will square off in the Big Apple on Tuesday evening, as the Columbia Lions play host to the Manhattan Jaspers.
Kyle Smith's fourth season with the Lions started in fine fashion, as Columbia cruised to a 73-54 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore last weekend. The Lions are looking to take a step in the right direction after a disappointing 12-16 overall mark last season that included a last-place finish in the Ivy League at 4-10.
Manhattan got off to an emphatic start as well, albeit in a shootout, outlasting the La Salle Explorers on the road, 99-90 in double-overtime. Steve Masiello's second season with the Jaspers was a mixed bag, as the team finished just 14-18 overall and sixth in the MAAC (9-9). Still, the team made an improbable run to the MAAC Tournament title game, but fell to Iona, losing out on the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. With a talented nucleus returning, Manhattan was picked to win the MAAC this season.
This is the 24th meeting between these two teams. Columbia has won the last two meetings by double digits and now lead the all-time series 15-8.
It usually takes some time to see exactly what a team is made of, but in Manhattan's case, its marathon victory at La Salle spoke volumes of just where this team is to start the season. The Jaspers held an eight-point lead with just over two minutes left in regulation, but allowed the Explorers to force overtime. It was Manhattan's turn to come-from-behind in the first extra session to force a second, before running away from La Salle in the end. Five Jaspers posted double figures in the victory, led by George Beamon's 24 points. Michael Alvarado poured in 16 points, Emmy Andujar and Rhamel Brown finished with 14 points each, while Shane Richards finished things off with 13.
Columbia also returns a solid core from last year and it should help the team climb the Ivy League ladder in 2013-14. The Lions played well at both ends of the floor in the win over UMES, shooting .490 from the field, including .417 from behind the arc (10-of-24), while limiting UMES to a mere .353 shooting and a 3-of-15 effort from long range. The Lions distanced themselves to open the second half, converting their first 10 shots, including seven 3-pointers. Isaac Cohen and Cory Osetkowski were a combined 9-of-14 from the floor and finished with 14 points apiece. Osetkowski completed a double-double with 10 rebounds. Grant Mullins as also in double-figure scoring in the win, finishing with 13 points.
The Lions still have a long way to go before they are considered an actual Ivy League contender. They made light work of the Hawks in the opener, but will find things much more difficult against the explosive Jaspers.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Manhattan 71, Columbia 58
11/12 10:38:09 ET