Columbia (9-8) at Princeton (9-7)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 2, 6 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Jadwin Gymnasium (6,854) -- Princeton, New Jersey.
Television: NBCSN. Home Record: Columbia 3-4, Princeton 5-3. Away Record:
Columbia 5-4, Princeton 4-3. Neutral Record: Columbia 1-0, Princeton 0-0.
Conference Record: Columbia 1-2, Princeton 2-0. Series Record: Princeton
GAME NOTES: The Princeton Tigers will try to stay perfect in the early Ivy
League season, as they welcome the Columbia Lions to Jadwin Gymnasium for a
conference clash on Saturday evening.
Columbia opened up its Ivy League slate with a 67-58 victory at Cornell, but
it lost to the Big Red by three points a week later in its second taste of
conference play. The Lions suffered a slightly surprising loss to Penn by a
score of 62-58 on Friday night, which left it just a single game over .500.
Coach Kyle Smith guided the team to a marquee, 75-57, win over Villanova at
The Pavilion in the early part of the non-conference schedule, but the loss at
The Palestra put Columbia at 5-4 in true road tests.
The Lions could not find their touch against Penn and finished 19-of-56 (.339)
from the field with a 3-of-17 mark from distance. Meanwhile, the Quakers hit
40.5 percent of their field goal tries and outscored Columbia, 26-17, at the
free throw line. Senior guard Brian Barbour had a strong showing in the losing
effort, pouring in a team-high 21 points with the help of a 10-of-12 showing
at the charity stripe. Mark Cisco chipped in 15 points and Isaac Cohen grabbed
nine boards. Barbour is the leader of the squad with 14.1 points and 4.6
assists per outing, while freshman guard Grant Mullins (10.8 ppg) and
sophomore forward Alex Rosenberg (10.2 ppg) also carry double-digit scoring
averages into this contest. Cisco and Steve Frankoski are both contributing
just under 10 ppg each to the team's average of 65.3 points per outing.
The Tigers have won their last six matchups against Columbia to raise their
lead in the all-time series to 143-84. Princeton logged a 77-66 decision the
last time the Lions visited Jadwin Gym (Feb. 17, 2012).
Mitch Henderson's second year at the helm of his alma mater got off to a rocky
start, as Princeton managed only three wins in its first nine games. The
Tigers have rattled off six victories in seven games since, including
decisions over Bucknell (79-67), Rider (62-45) and Penn (65-53). Princeton
notched its fourth triumph in a row on Friday with a 76-59 rout of Cornell at
home. Senior forward Ian Hummer tallied 22 points and nine boards as the team
converted 52.9 percent of its shots from the floor, including 16-of-26 (.615)
in the second half.
Denton Koon also contributed 22 points for Princeton against Cornell, which
finished with 14 turnovers to eight assists, and 41.5 percent from the field
in the contest. Hummer, who was a First-Team All-Ivy League selection a season
ago, paces the club in scoring (15.9), rebounding (6.7) and assists (4.3).
Koon and Will Barrett chip in 9.3 ppg apiece as part of the team's average of
The Columbia/Penn game on Friday indicated anything can happen in these heated
rivalry matchups taking place in the Ivy League. The Lions will need to keep
an eye on Barrett, T.J. Bray and Clay Wilson, who are all deadly from beyond
the arc for the Tigers. The hosts have the edge as Columbia will be fatigued
from its down-to-the-wire bout with the Quakers.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Princeton 70, Columbia 62
02/02 10:37:23 ET
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