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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, January 31, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: John J. Lee Amphitheater (3,100) -- New Haven, Connecticut. Television: None. Home Record: Columbia 9-1, Yale 4-2. Away Record: Columbia 2-4, Yale 2-7. Neutral Record: Columbia 2-1, Yale 1-0. Conference Record: Columbia 2-0, Yale 1-1. Series Record: Columbia leads, 123-100.
GAME NOTES: The Columbia Lions try to extend their win streak to seven in a row tonight, as they tangle with the Yale Lions in Ivy League action in New Haven.
Off to a 2-0 start in conference play, Columbia has won eight of the last nine outings overall, with the lone setback being a 65-59 decision against St. John's back on Dec. 28. The squad is coming off a sweep of Cornell to begin league action, capturing a 71-61 win at home two weeks ago and then following up with a 74-58 triumph on the road last weekend.
As for the Bulldogs, the wins have been much more rare and only twice has the program won back-to-back outings. Earlier this month, Yale posted an 88-49 victory over Baruch and then followed that up a week later with a 74-67 win over Brown in the league opener. However, last Saturday the Bears got back at the Bulldogs by posting a 73-56 decision.
This relationship dates back to 1901-02 when Columbia captured a 19-14 victory. The most recent meeting last March went to the Lions by a score of 59-46, helping to boost the team's advantage in the all-time series to 123-100.
Against Cornell last weekend, the Lions shot an even 50 percent from the field and 26-of-30 at the free-throw line in order to overcome 2-of-9 shooting behind the 3-point line. Maodo Lo led four starters in double figures with his 20 points, shooting 8-of-12 from the floor, while Cory Osetkowski came up a rebound shy of a double-double as he logged 19 points and also blocked five shots. Alex Rosenberg produced 17 points and handed out five assists, followed by Grant Mullins with 12 points.
Through 19 games, Lo and Rosenberg are leading the program in scoring with 14.1 ppg apiece, with both players shooting better than 51.0 percent behind the 3-point line. Rosenberg, who has converted 99-of-123 at the charity stripe, has been a huge help off the bench since he has started just six times to this point. Mullins checks in with 13.2 ppg, adding 46 assists which is second only to Isaac Cohen who has 53 and is also the top rebounder with 5.9 rpg. Thanks to the efforts of Cohen, the team is beating opponents on the glass by 4.9 rpg, helping the squad generate a scoring advantage of 8.6 ppg as well.
The Bulldogs fell behind by 13 points against Brown last weekend and never recovered, bowing by 17 on the road in Providence. Justin Sears tallied a team-best 17 points, followed by Javier Duren and Armani Cotton with 13 and 10 points, respectively, although the latter pair combined to shoot only 8-of-25 from the floor as the team finished at a mere 36.2 percent clip. It also didn't help that the squad shot only 3-of-17 beyond the arc and 19-of-39 at the free-throw line either.
Sears is still just a sophomore, but he is one of two players to have started every game and is currently the leading scorer for the Bulldogs with his 15.2 ppg. Clearing 6.3 rpg, Sears leads the way in that category for Yale as well, not to mention coming up with 1.6 blocked shots per outing. Duren checks in with 13.5 ppg but he is shooting just 39.3 percent from the floor and 32.4 percent behind the 3-point line, the latter being the same overall percentage for the entire program out on the perimeter.
Despite being out on the road where they have a record that is below .500, the Lions still have a wealth of talent at their disposal, far more than Yale, which should be good enough to get the visitors over the hump tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Columbia 77, Yale 64
01/31 10:31:12 ET
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