Columbia (14-13) at Brown (7-21)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday February 25th, 6:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Pizzitola Sports Center (2,800) -- Providence, Rhode Island. Television: None. Home Record: Columbia 7-5, Brown 5-9. Away Record: Columbia 5-8, Brown 1-10. Neutral Record: Columbia 2-0, Brown 1-2. Conference Record: Columbia 3-8, Brown 1-10. Series Record: Columbia leads 68-60.
GAME NOTES: The Brown Bears will play their final game at home tonight as they host the Columbia Lions at the Pizzitola Sports Center in Ivy League action.
This is the 129th meetings between these conference foes with Columbia holding the historical advantage with a 68-60 against Brown. The Lions extended their series lead on Feb. 10th, earlier this month, as Chris Crockett came off the bench to hit six three-pointers to push Columbia to an 86-60 victory over Brown.
The Lions will try to salvage their season tonight after they lost their fourth game in a row on Friday, falling 75-67 to Yale. Although the Lions trailed by eight points at halftime, they managed to tie the game up, 58-58, with five minutes left to play before Yale ended the game on a 17-9 run to bury them. Head coach Kyle Smith has led the team to a 14-13 overall record and a 3-8 mark in Ivy League action. The Lions are one of the better defensive teams in the conference, as they have allowed just 60.6 ppg.
Columbia has been led by the trio of Brian Barbour, Meiko Lyles, and Mark Cisco this season. Barbour holds team leading averages of 15.4 points and 4.2 assists per contest after he finished with 21 points and eight assists on Friday versus Yale. In Friday's loss, Alex Rosenberg contributed 13 points and eight rebounds, Chris Crockett netted 11 points, and Meiko Lyles and Cory Osetkowski scored 10 points each. Mark Cisco grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
Head coach Jesse Agel has had a frustrating year at the helm of Brown as his squad enters tied for last place in the Ivy League and has a 7-21 overall record. The Bears lost their eighth in a row on Friday as they suffered a 69-63 setback to Cornell. The Bears fell behind early in the contest with the Big Red after they attempted nine less field goals and connected on just 1- of-7 attempts from three-point range in the first half. Brown's is being outscored by an average of 7.8 ppg, which is the worst margin in the Ivy League.
Brown's sophomore guard Sean McGonagill carries team-leading averages of 13.5 points and 5.5 assists per game. McGonagill had a forgettable performance on Friday versus Cornell, as he went 0-of-8 from the field, which was the first incidence this season in which he failed to make a shot from the floor. While McGonagill struggled, Dockery Walker had a breakout performance and recorded a double-double for Brown as he netted 23 points and pulled down 17 rebounds. Matt Sullivan added 13 points against Cornell.
Although Columbia stumbled once again on Friday, its loss was more encouraging than Brown's defeat. The Lions battled one of the top teams in the Ivy League very tough for 35 minutes, while the Bears never really had a chance against Cornell. However, Brown only lost by six as its star sophomore had his worst performance of the season. If McGonagill bounces back, the Bears could be able to end their nightmare losing streak on Senior Night.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Brown 68, Columbia 64
02/25 10:36:06 ET