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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.
Columbia may not be the best team in the Ivy League heading into conference action, but they are certainly one of the most methodical, fascinating teams out there.
Columbia head coach Kyle Smith likes to compare his team to Mohammad Ali. They fight with patience, but when given an opportunity to attack, they don’t shy away.
Columbia played one of its best, yet probably most frustrating games of the season Saturday at the Barclays Center. The Lions hung tough against Big East foe St. John’s, coming back from a 14-point second half deficit to take a one-point lead, before eventually losing 65-59.
Greg Herenda took a seat on the bench, leaned back in his chair, and put both his hands atop his shiny, bald head. The normally loud and boisterous Farleigh Dickinson head coach had seemingly all but given up.
Gerrell Martin stood, lurking, several feet behind the 3-point line begging Jason Brickman for the basketball.
Kyle Smith and Alex Rosenberg walked down the halls of Levien Lobby smiling and laughing. The Lions had just dispatched of American 61-47, and their mood was lighthearted following the win.
Ben Mockford could hardly believe what had just happened.
It was size vs. speed, and it wasn’t even close. Fordham’s four quick guards were no match for Syracuse’s size and length in an 89-74 defeat on Tuesday night at the Carrier Dome.