Flash back to 2013. A loaded Manhattan team was at the beginning of their journey to back-to-back MAAC titles (with the jury still out on more). Steve Masiello’s team took the 1 train down to Manhattan (the borough) and handed Columbia a heartbreaking one-point loss at Levien Gymnasium. Continue reading “Redemption For Petrasek and Columbia”
Columbia isn’t the unluckiest team in the country, yet. The Lions, at least according to Ken Pomeroy’s rankings, are only the third unluckiest. (The distinction actually belongs to their league mates Harvard.) Continue reading “Saint Joseph’s 80, Columbia 78: Second Half Defense Dooms Lions”
The first half against Wofford didn’t go nearly the way Kyle Smith planned. Columbia opened the game with four straight turnovers and trailed at the break, but the Lions turned things around in the second half and defeated the Terriers 70-59 at Levien Gymnasium on Tuesday night. Continue reading “Three Thoughts: Columbia 70, Wofford 59”
It was just one scoring play in a game that featured 169 total points, but early in the first half of Columbia’s season-opening, 107-62 win on Friday morning, Grant Mullins broke down Kean’s zone and dumped a pass to Alex Rosenberg on the left block for a layup. Continue reading “Alex Rosenberg, Grant Mullins Return in Columbia Season Opener”
With all eight members of the Ivy League just hours away from tipping off their seasons, it’s time to unveil our Big Apple Buckets preseason awards. Continue reading “Big Apple Buckets Preseason Ivy League Awards”
Columbia began the 2014-15 as one of the “under the radar” teams, grouped in with Yale as a school that might be able to sneak up on three-time defending champ Harvard in the Ivy League. Then senior Alex Rosenberg went down with a season-ending injury (because of archaic Ivy redshirt rules, Rosenberg withdrew from school and should return next season), and that was the last anyone outside the Ancient Eight expected to hear of the Lions this season.
Alex Rosenberg will miss the entire 2014-15 season according to a report from the Columbia Spectator. The forward, who led the Lions in scoring last season, broke his foot earlier this offseason and, given that his timetable for recovery is uncertain, has decided to withdraw from school instead of trying to return to action sometime later this season.
Columbia had a season for the ages in 2013-14. The Lions won 21 games, won two games in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, and finished in the top half of the Ivy League. It was the first major step in Kyle Smith’s rebuilding of a program that hadn’t won 20 games in a season since 1969-70. Continue reading “Columbia Lions – End of Season Recap”
The postseason came to Levien Gymnasium for the first time ever and it turned out to be a ton of fun. Continue reading “Columbia 69, Eastern Michigan 56 CIT”
Alex Rosenberg lay back in his chair during Columbia’s postgame press conference. The Lions had just sealed their first winning season in the Ivy League since 1993. Tomorrow they will be playing for their 20th win of the season. Continue reading “Columbia 74, Penn 55”