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Columbia Athletics Game Notes for Cornell at Lions


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NEW YORK – Columbia will begin the Ivy League part of its schedule on Saturday, January 15 at Levien Gymnasium against Cornell, the three-time defending Ivy champions, at 7 p.m. The game is "Pack the House Night" and the second game of a basketball doubleheader with the women's game tipping off at 4:30 p.m.

The Lions enter Saturday's league opener with a record of 9-5, having won two straight and six of their last seven games. Columbia owns a 6-1 record at Levien Gymnasium this season and nine of its last 12 games at home.

Cornell, which has won the last three Ivy League titles and advanced to the Sweet 16 last season, enters with a 4-10 record but is coming off a 60-52 home win over Stony Brook on January 8 and boasts a potent backcourt in juniors Chris Wroblewski (15.6 ppg, 6.0 apg) and Drew Ferry (12.1 ppg, 42 3FGs).

Tickets for the game are available online, by calling 888-LIONS-11 or at the Dodge Fitness Center ticket office on game day. All Columbia undergraduate and graduate students are admitted free to Levien Gymnasium with Columbia ID.

Fans who can't make it to Levien Gym can catch all the action live on gocolumbialions.com with Jerry Recco and James Buford providing the call. Live stats and game notes are also available.

WINNING TIME

As Columbia approaches the beginning of the Ivy League season, the Lions have won six of their last seven and eight of their last 10, dating back to November 23

.LIONS AT LEVIEN
Columbia has won six of its first seven home games this season and nine of its last 12 at Levien Gymnasium. Columbia sports a record of 209-188 all-time at Levien Gymnasium and has posted winning records at home in each of the last six seasons.

NEW YEAR, NEW TEAR
Columbia has improved in a number of categories compared to this point last season. Here is a breakdown of how the Lions fared through the first 14 games in each of the last two season.
Category 2009-10 2010-11
W-L Record 6-8 9-5
Scoring 65.1 ppg 74.1 ppg
Field Goal % 43.8% 44.9%
Rebound Margin +1.9 rpg +6.6 rpg
Assists/Game 11.3 apg 12.3 apg
Blocked Shots 24 39

CLEANING UP THE GLASS
Over the first 14 games of the season, Columbia holds a +6.6 margin in rebounding, averaging 37.9 rebounds per game to 31.3 rebounds per game for opponents. Columbia has outrebounded its opponent 10 times in its first 14 games this season and has been even in rebounding twice.

LIFE BEGINS AT 70
Columbia has scored more than 70 points nine times this season, averaging 74.1 points per game, tops in the Ivy League.

ALL THINGS GREAT AND SMALL
Each of Columbia’s last nine games have been decided by six points or fewer. The Lions have a 7-2 record during that span.

COLUMBIA IN IVY LEAGUE OPENERS
The Lions are 24-30 all-time in Ivy League openers. Among league opponents, Columbia has faced Cornell the most often, holding a 17-15 edge over the Big Red in Ivy openers, alhough Cornell has won the last nine meetings between the two teams. Columbia last won its Ivy League opener on January 12, 2007 against Princeton, 64-56 at Levien Gymnasium.

THE HISTORY NOTE – CORNELL
Columbia leads the all-time series with Cornell 118-96 in one of the most played rivalries in college basketball. The Big Red have won nine straight games in the series. Columbia’s last win against Cornell came on January 21, 2006 in Ithaca when Dragutin Kravic hit a three-pointer with 2.5 seconds left to give the Lions a 58-57 win. Columbia’s last win over Cornell at Levien Gymnasium was on January 15, 2005, a 70-61 victory.

COLUMBIA AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS
In the latest NCAA rankings, Columbia is represented several times among the top 100 in the nation, out of the 336 Division I teams ranked. Stats are through January 9.

Category Rank Actual
Scoring Offense 84th 74.1 ppg
3-Point Field Goal Pct. 80th 36.9%
Rebound Margin 32nd +6.6 rpg

Category Player Rank Actual
Free Throw Pct. Brian Barbour 26th 89.1%
Assists/Game Noruwa Agho 60th 4.7 apg
Assist/Turnover Ratio Brian Barbour 20th 2.7:1

IT ALL COMES BACK TO NINE
Columbia’s 9-5 record entering the Ivy League slate is its best non-conference record in four years, since the Lions entered the 2006-07 campaign with a 9-5 mark. Columbia started its Ivy League season with a home win over Princeton and finished with a 16-12 record and 7-7 record in Ivy League play.

NORUWA REACHING NEW HEIGHTS
Junior guard Noruwa Agho has had a terrific start to the season, taking his all-around game to another level after his All-Ivy and All-Metropolitan sophomore season. A two-time Ivy League Player of the Week this season, Agho leads the Ivy League in scoring. Through 14 games, Agho is averaging team highs in points (16.4 ppg), assists (4.7 apg), blocked shots (nine) and is averaging 5.2 rebounds per contest. In Columbia’s 76-73 win over Lafayette on Jan. 5, Agho scored 15 of the Lions’ last 18 points to help lift Columbia to the narrow victory. Agho also had a career-high five blocked shots, including a tip of Jim Mower’s potential game-tying three-pointer as the buzzer sounded at the end of the game. Agho recently moved into Columbia’s top 30 in career scoring and also is closing in on the top ten lists in career three-pointers and career steals at Columbia.

COLUMBIA CAREER POINTS
25. Rudy Milkey (1955-58) 978
26. Dave Newmark (1965-66, 67-68) 953
27. Noruwa Agho (2008-present) 938
28. Richie Rodin (1957-60) 936

COLUMBIA CAREER THREE-POINTERS MADE
10. Brett Loscalzo (2004-08) 126
11. Joe Case (1998-2002) 118
12. Noruwa Agho (2008-present) 111
13. Eric Speaker (1988-92) 106

COLUMBIA CAREER STEALS
10. Kevin Bulger (2006-10) 93



Abe Yasser (1995-99) 93
12. Noruwa Agho (2008-present) 90
13. Buck Jenkins (1989-93) 86

BARBOUR SHOP
Sophomore guard Brian Barbour has started every game after the season opener and has played extremely well during his first full season as a starter. Over the last four games, Barbour is averaging 15.5 points and 4.3 assists per game while shooting 51.1 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from three-point range. This season, Barbour has posted a sparkling 2.7:1 assist to turnover ratio.

FRANKLY SPEAKING
Columbia rookie guard Steve Frankoski has scored in double figures seven times this season and leads the team with 32 three-point field goals. Frankoski is among the Ivy League leaders, shooting threes at a 39 percent clip and is third on the team in steals with 11.

YOU’RE ON THE MARK, CISCO
Sophomore center Mark Cisco has come on strong recently and poured in a career-high 15 points, including 11 in the second half of Columbia’s 74-71 win over Maine on Dec. 30. Cisco then grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds in Columbia’s win at Lafayette on January 5 and blocked two shots. He is averaging 8.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots over the past four games

A SENSE O’ SOMETHING GOOD
Senior forward Asenso Ampim made his first start of the season on January 2 vs. Elon and had a strong game with 14 points and eight rebounds in a season-high 30 minutes. Ampim made eight of his 10 attempts from the foul line and came down with four offensive rebounds in the effort.

JOHNNY ON THE SPOT
Sophomore forward John Daniels has also come on strong in recent weeks. In Columbia’s 76-73 win at Lafayette on Jan. 5, Daniels pulled down nine rebounds, a season high for the 6-7 forward, who also had two steals, a blocked shot and a thunderous dunk in which he drew a foul midway through the second half.

STARKS SWISHING AND DISHING
Dyami Starks has provided an offensive spark off the Columbia bench recently, especially in the Lions’ comeback win at American on Nov. 28. Starks poured in 15 of his career-high 20 points in the second half, and buried a go-ahead three-pointer with 40 seconds left to put Columbia ahead 62-60. Starks has scored in double figures five times off the bench for the Lions this season.

ZACK ATTACK
Senior center Zack Crimmins returned to action against Maine on Dec. 30, after six weeks on the sideline with an injury. Crimmins came back seamlessly, scoring eight points on four of seven from the field. He also added three rebounds in the win.

GO GREEN
First-year guard Van Green has made a big impact off the Columbia bench recently. At Lafayette on Jan. 5, Green provided a first-half spark, helping the Lions to an 11-point halftime lead. In the win, Green finished with six points and a pair of steals.

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARDS

Senior forward Brian Grimes has been solid on the glass in the early season, averaging 5.1 rebounds per game. Against a physical St. John’s front line on November 17, Grimes grabbed 14 rebounds, seven of which came on the offensive glass. The 14 rebounds were a career best for Grimes, who has pulled down at least eight rebounds in four games this season

MAX POWER
Senior center Max Craig has been a force on the interior in the early season. Craig has been extremely efficient from the field in at home this season, shooting 17 of 22 from the field (77.3 percent). In Columbia’s win vs. Bryant on Dec. 11, Craig scored eight points and added two rebounds.

EVEN STEVEN Junior guard Steve Egee made a big impact off the bench in Columbia’s 74-71 win over Maine on Dec. 30, scoring a season-high 10 points, draining all three of his shots from three-point range. Egee’s three-pointer with two minutes left stemmed a Maine rally and gave the Lions a seven-point cushion at the time.

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