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Cornell (1-13) at Columbia (11-6)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 18, 7 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Francis S. Levien Gymnasium (2,700) -- New York, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Cornell 1-5, Columbia 8-1. Away Record: Cornell 0-8, Columbia 1-4. Neutral Record: Cornell 0-0, Columbia 2-1. Conference Record: Cornell 0-0, Columbia 0-0. Series Record: Columbia leads, 122-98.

GAME NOTES: The Columbia Lions look to extend a four-game win streak as they open up Ivy League play against the Cornell Big Red at Levien Gymnasium.

Cornell has already had a season to forget, opening the year 0-13 before finally putting one up in the win column last Saturday against Oberlin College, 77-55.

Columbia has won four in a row and six of its last seven games, including a 104-78 victory over Central Pennsylvania Saturday.

In one of the oldest rivalries in the nation, Columbia leads the all-time series against Cornell, 122-98. The Lions have won four of the last six against the Big Red.

Cornell's win over Oberlin College didn't just help the Big Red gain their first win of the season, but it snapped a 19-game losing streak dating back to last year. Ned Tomic scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds while blocking three shots to lead Cornell. Tomic hit 9-of-13 from the floor in the contest. Nolan Cressler contributed 12 points, while Devin Cherry added 10 points, six rebounds and seven assists. The Big Red shot 50.8 percent from the floor.

Cressler is the team's leading scorer this season with a 16.5 ppg average on 41.6 percent shooting. Cherry is second at 10.6 ppg, and leads the team with 49 assists on the year. Dwight Tarwater tops the team in rebounding with 6.4 rpg. The Big Red average 66.2 ppg, but give up over 80 points per contest to their opposition.

Columbia used the long ball to take control and ultimately defeat Central Pennsylvania in its last matchup. The Lions connected on 18 3-pointers to down CPU, 104-78. Maodo Lo netted 23 points to lead Columbia on 7-of-11 shooting, which was all from behind the 3-point arc. Grant Mullins scored 20 points and dished out six assists, while Alex Rosenberg chipped in 19 points and four assists. Columbia shot 52.1 percent from the floor in the game.

Lo, Rosenberg and Mullins are all within one point of each other for the team lead in scoring this season. Lo paces the Lions with 13.9 ppg, while Rosenberg hits 13.5 ppg and Mullins adds 12.9 per contest. Lo is shooting an impressive 50.9 percent from the field through the first 17 games. Isaac Cohen leads the team in both rebounding (5.8 rpg) and total assists (45) on the year. The Lions average 70 ppg.

Cornell has gone from an elite Ivy League team to the basement in only a few years. The Big Red may be able to turn things around in Ivy League play in hopes of a tournament berth, but defensively there's a lot of work needed.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Columbia 73, Cornell 60

01/18 10:18:04 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
Final
BOS 6
BAL 5
11:05am Today
BOS
BAL
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
ANA
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
7:10pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
STL
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
ARI
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
SDP
8:40pm Tonight
COL
SFG
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
TEX
10:10pm Tonight
SEA
HOU
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CHI 93
WAS 102
Final
HOU 120
POR 122
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
GSW
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
Final
MON 3
TAM 2
Final
SJS 7
LOS 2
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
COL
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
PIT
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
9:30pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR