Columbia (17-10) at Dartmouth (9-15)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, February 28, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Leede Arena (2,100) -- Hanover, New Hampshire. Television: None. Home Record: Columbia 12-2, Dartmouth 7-6. Away Record: Columbia 3-7, Dartmouth 2-9. Neutral Record: Columbia 2-1, Dartmouth 0-0. Conference Record: Columbia 6-4, Dartmouth 2-8. Series Record: Columbia leads, 108-97.
GAME NOTES: The Dartmouth Big Green will play their last two home games of the season this weekend, beginning with tonight's Ivy league test against the Columbia Lions.
Dartmouth, which plays its home finale on Saturday against Cornell, has dropped six straight games and is likely looking at another year without a postseason berth. The Big Green is just 9-15 overall and 2-8 in league play, with only road games against Brown and Yale following this quick homestand.
As for Columbia there is still some hope, albeit very little. The Lions are currently tied for third place in the Ivy League (6-4) with Brown, and they are a solid 17-10 overall. They have won three straight games, including crucial victories over Brown and Yale. They will take on league-leading Harvard on Saturday.
Columbia got its current win streak started with a 69-59 victory over Dartmouth on Feb. 15. Last season, Dartmouth swept the season series, but Columbia holds the all-time series edge, 108-97.
Alex Rosenberg tallied 18 points, mostly on a 12-of-14 showing at the free- throw line, to lead Columbia past Yale. The Lions limited the Bulldogs to 36.4 percent shooting, while holding a 17-9 advantage at the free-throw line. Also helping the cause was a 14-2 edge in points off turnovers.
Rosenberg (15.8 ppg), who is tied for fifth in the Ivy League in scoring, gets support from two other who are also in double figures this season -- Maodo Lo (14.5 ppg) and Grant Mullins (11.7 ppg). Lo added 16 points, although on only 5-of-14 shooting against Yale. Meanwhile, Mullins missed his second straight game with a concussion. The injury has really plagued Mullins, who has missed three of the last five games overall, and had only four points combined in the two he did manage to suit up.
Although Brandon McDonnell tied for the game-high with 18 points, he did not get enough support for Dartmouth to knock off Penn last time out. Kevin Crescenzi netted 10 points as the only other player to reach double figures, while the Quakers had five players net at least 11 points.
Dartmouth is not one of the better offensive teams in the Ivy, although no team in the league has really lit up the scoreboard at an impressive rate. The Big Green ranks seventh in overall scoring (66.8 ppg), while shooting at a 44.2 percent clip from the field overall. The offensive efforts have been hurt by the loss of leading scorer Gabas Maldunas (11.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg), leaving Connor Boehm (10.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg) and Alex Mitola (10.1 ppg) to carry the load most nights. However, Boehm and Mitola combined for only 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting in the loss to Penn.
Lo and Rosenberg form a solid offensive duo for the Lions, which will prove to be quite useful against a Dartmouth team that struggles to put points on the board.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Columbia 68, Dartmouth 63
02/28 10:32:36 ET