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Username Post: Columbia Hoops - A Wednesday Night in the Big Apple        (Topic#6711)
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Reg: 07-30-06
01-01-08 08:35 PM - Post#40486    

Coach Reed, while I am sure he dose not believe in moral victories, can not be too disappointed in the way his team preformed out in State College yesterday. Sure, a loss is a loss, but going toe to toe with a Big 10 squad for a full 30 minutes of play, holding the lead for much of that time, and hitting nearly 50% of their shots - had to bring a smile to his face and to those who follow the exploits of this young team. Now, it's time to board the bus and head to 3030 Broadway - home of the Colombia Lions who will be playing their 2254th game of their 107 year storied program.

Looking over the numbers below and the manpower we'll face - particularly under the basket - it promises to be a rugged encounter and a "toss-up" for us to win.

Team / Record / RPI / SOS

CU / 4-7 / 204 / 205
LU / 6-6 / 305 / 337

Columbia will undoubtedly send out 4 seniors and 1 junior to start the game. In the package will be their senior tri-captains: Baumann, Montgomery, and Loscalzo.

Players to keep an eye on would include:

John Baumann, 6'8", 220 lb Forward, is the Pre-season Ivy League Player of the year. He has proven to be a wise choice, leading his team in ppg (14.5), minutes played (28.8 per game), and rebounds (72). He's presently the Ivy's 4th leading scorer (a thousand pointer, at that) and #1 offensive rebounder. Oh yeah, he hits 48.8% of his FGs and 74.1% of his FTs.

Ben Nwachukwu, 6' 9", 235 lb Center, averages 20 minutes of playing time and is second on the team in rebounds (5.1 pg)and can be counted - like a slew of other player - to contribute 6-8 points per game (a true strength of this team).

K. J. Matsui, 5' 11", 180 lb Guard, is the team's second leading scorer (8.8ppg) and their 3pt specialist, hitting on 53.5% of his attempts.

Last Win (12/10): St. Francis(NY)by 19.
Last Loss (12/22): Villanova by 16
Last Game (12/29): A win over non D-I, Polytechnic by 46
Best Win (12/4) : Wagner (RPI 187) by 14

Our Common Opponents:
Albany - CU loss by 32 (LU loss by 12)
Stoney Brook - CU won by 20) (LU won by 15)

A payback game for both teams. Two years ago, Jose Olivero and Bryan White led a late game 19-5 run to down the Lions. Lehigh foiled a number of Columbia in-bound plays near the end of the game and applied tremendous defensive pressure to seal the win. Last year, Columbia returned the favor at Stabler beating us in the final 0.04 seconds of play when Columbia's Niko Scott grabbed a last second rebound and put a shot on which he drew a highly questionable foul call. Of course, Niko sank them both and Lehigh loss the game by one, 55-55.

Posts: 133

Reg: 07-30-06
01-03-08 04:05 PM - Post#40579    
    In response to LU65

Baumann missed 3 of 13 shots last night and I don't remember one of them and I was sitting 40 feet away from the action. It seemed like every time you looked up he was taking a "step-back" three from the top of the key. He hit 4 of 5 from that range last night. Going into the game he had been 11 for 40 (12 games) from three or a .275 long distance shooter. The kid is a quality player and no doubt one of the top five in the Ivy circuit.

Despite the loss (don't get me wrong, it did hurt), the game was entertaining (4 ties and 11 lead changes). We played well early (shot 48.1% in the first half had the lead after twenty minutes: 34-31) and spotty late. Once again (getting to be a habit), Zahir Carrington picked up two quick fouls and sat for 15+ minutes before halftime. Bryan White had a monster game scoring 23 in 32 minutes - half the points on a heavily tapped ankle. Marquis Hall sat for 10 minutes in the first half and you had to wonder what - if anything - was bothering him. Maybe nothing, but he finished 1-10 (the shot coming from three) and committed 4 of Lehigh's 8 turnovers - something you rarely see. Lehigh had been hitting its threes some regularity 42+%; last night was an exception, going 4 for 17 (23.5%) and connecting on only one after intermission (1 for 9). That said, the game was a lot closer than the final score would indicate. Lehigh fought back a number of times from being down by 7 mid-way through the second half and actually had it down to a two point differential with 4:23 to play. Columbia then went on a 10 point run and with 1:07 to go had the lead up to 12. Coach Reed, to his credit, called a number of timeouts in the final 67 seconds - much to the displeasure of the Columbia fans on hand - to instruct his young players on the fundamental of guarding against the in-bounds play and ball pressure....tactics that may come in handy down the road.

Next up: Princeton on Sunday and a chance to close-out OOC play at 7-7.

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Reg: 12-05-11
12-05-11 03:48 AM - Post#113493    
    In response to LU65

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