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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, February 23, 1:30 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Levien Gymnasium (3,408) -- New York, New York. Television: NBC Sports Network. Home Record: Yale 8-2, Columbia 11-2. Away Record: Yale 5-7, Columbia 3-7. Neutral Record: Yale 1-0, Columbia 2-1. Conference Record: Yale 8-1, Columbia 5-4. Series Record: Columbia leads, 123-102.
GAME NOTES: The Yale Bulldogs will attempt to extend a seven-game win streak as they take on the Columbia Lions in an Ivy League contest at Levien Gymnasium.
Yale has won seven straight and nine of the team's last 10 games, including an 82-65 beatdown of Cornell on Friday night. The Bulldogs have lost just one Ivy League game this season, and own an 8-1 conference record.
Columbia has won two games in a row following a two-game losing skid. The Lions, prior to winning their last two, had dropped four of their last five. They now hold a 5-4 conference record and will look to give Yale just its second Ivy loss of the year. Columbia took a close 70-68 decision Friday night against Brown.
Columbia has the advantage in the long-standing all-time series lead over Yale, 123-102. But the Bulldogs were the ones who took the head-to-head matchup earlier this season, defeating the Lions 69-59 in New Haven.
Cornell didn't stand much of a chance against the hot Bulldogs Friday night. Yale jumped out to a six-point lead at the half, and never looked back, cruising through the second period to earn the double-digit victory. Justin Sears led the Bulldogs with 19 points in the contest, hitting 7-of-12 field goal attempts from the floor. Jack Montague added 18 points off the bench, and Brandon Sherrod chipped in with 13 to aid Yale's effort.
Sears has been the go-to player for the Bulldogs this season, averaging 15.9 ppg on 49 percent shooting from the floor. He also brings a team-leading 6.9 rpg mark into each game and 1.9 bpg, and is tied for the team lead with 1.4 spg. Javier Duren is second on the team in scoring with 12.6 ppg, and averages a team-best 3 apg. Yale is scoring 68.9 ppg this season through 23 games played, and is surrendering just 66.6 ppg to its opponents.
Sophomore guard Maodo Lo connected on two free throws with 14 seconds left to play in regulation that gave the Lions a two-point lead. Columbia held on for the victory over the Bears, giving the team its second win in as many games. Alex Rosenberg scored a team-high 23 points for the Lions, while Meiko Lyles chipped in 21 with nine rebounds. Lo finished the contest with 15 points, but missed all five 3-point tries in the win.
Rosenberg has come on very strong recently, leading Columbia this season with a 15.7 ppg average on 45.3 percent shooting. Rosenberg is connecting on an impressive 46.3 percent from 3-point range on the season, and is second on the team with 22 steals. Lo is second in scoring with 14.4 ppg and a team-best 35 steals. Grant Mullins is third with 11.7 ppg, and has a team-high 57 assists on the year. Isaac Cohen leads the Lions with a 5.4 rpg average.
Columbia has been a very solid team at home this season, but Yale had really played well recently and managed to easily handle the Lions earlier this season. The Bulldogs shouldn't have much trouble again, even in New York.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Yale 71, Columbia 64
02/23 10:20:26 ET