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Men’s Basketball Hosts UMass-Lowell in Home Opener Thursday

NEW YORK – Columbia men’s basketball will play Rutgers on Monday, November 7 at Jersey Mike’s Arena in Piscataway to round out the 2022-23 season. Game time is scheduled for 7pm and can be seen live on BTN+.

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• Columbia returns to Schiller Court Thursday night after falling at Rutgers Monday night. Zine Bedri led in his collegiate debut by eight points and five rebounds.

• The Lions are 84-35 all-time in home openers and have won nine of their last 14 opener games at Levien High School.

NEWS/NOTES

STATUS OF UMASS-LOWELL
The Riverhawks earned a 108-43 win over Fisher Monday night. Everette Hammond scored a game-high 23 points to lead six double-digit scorers. UMass-Lowell is coming off a 15-16 campaign in 2021-22 and was 7-11 in America East.

WITHIN THE SERIES-UMASS-LOWELL
Thursday marks only the second meeting between the schools. The Lions won the previous matchup, 78-39, in December 2013 at Morningside Heights.

COLUMBIA VS THE AMERICA EAST
The Lions are 21-25 against teams currently in the America East Conference. This season, Columbia plays five opponents (UMass-Lowell, Binghamton, New Hampshire, UMBC, Maine) from the conference. The Lions went 2-2 with America East Schools in 2021-22, surpassing Binghamton and Maine and falling at UAlbany and UMBC.

BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER
The Lions are returning nearly 75 percent of their 2021-22 goals, highlighted by Geronimo Rubio De La Rosa. The Guardian averaged 12.3 points per game, which was the third-highest total for a freshman year in program history.

BUY TICKETS FOR UPCOMING MATCHES
Tickets for Columbia’s final home game against Cornell on Saturday, March 5 are available and can be purchased by clicking here or by calling 888-LIONS-11. Find Columbia’s detailed Venue Policies here.

THE IVY LEAGUE ON ESPN+
All Columbia home games and most Ivy League street competitions will be broadcast on ESPN+ as part of the Ivy League’s new partnership with ESPN. ESPN+ is a new subscription-based service that offers monthly ($4.99) and yearly ($49.99) plans. Click here to subscribe to ESPN+ and start your free trial! Click here for Ivy League FAQs on ESPN.

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