Photos courtesy of Columbia Media Relations/Sports Information, Cornell Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League men's basketball concludes its non-conference schedule this week with three games on tap peppered with trio of travel-partner games on the conference slate.
Harvard, Penn and Princeton each step of out conference one more time with the Crimson looking to close its non-League mark with 14 wins and Tigers aiming to head into Ivy play with 12 victories against non-conference foes.
Two return games from just a week ago are on the Ivy ledger as Columbia heads north for its second game in seven days with Cornell and Brown welcomes Yale to Providence with its hopes set on returning the favor for the Bulldogs' win in New Haven last weekend. NBC Sports Network is set to bring the Harvard-Dartmouth rematch on Sunday afternoon with the Crimson's sights on making it 10-straight wins against the Big Green.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Columbia junior forward Alex Rosenberg (Short Hills, N.J.) continued his stretch of superb play, netting 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting to propel the Lions to a win over Cornell to begin Ivy League play. With the Big Red threatening in the first half, Rosenberg came up with a pair of and-one drives on consecutive offensive possessions to keep Columbia in the lead. The Lions are 5-0 since Rosenberg was inserted into the starting lineup.
Rosenberg's Statistics for the Week
Yale sophomore forward Justin Sears (Plainfield, N.J.) scored 14 of his 20 points in a decisive second half to guide the Bulldogs to an Ivy League-opening victory in their Ivy League opener against Brown. Sears added six rebounds and three assists to a clutch performance that included him making five free throws in the final 1:14 to help seal the win. Sears topped the 20-point plateau for the fourth time this season and hit double figures for the first time in five games after exploding for a career-high 31 points at Providence.
Sears' Statistics for the Week
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Cornell freshman guard Darryl Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) came off the bench in his first Ivy League game and provided quality minutes in the Big Red's loss at Columbia. Smith played 32 minutes and was largely responsible for triggering runs in both halves to keep Cornell within striking distance of the Lions. He had eight points and four rebounds in the second half and was part of a defensive effort that held the Ivy League’s best three-point shooting team to 5-of-17 shooting, including 2-of-14 with him on the floor. Smith finished the game with 12 points, five rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot.
Smith's Statistics for the Week
Devin Cherry, Cornell (Jr., G - Meridian, Miss.)
16 points, 3 rebounds at Columbia
Isaac Cohen, Columbia (So., G - Orlando, Fla.)
10 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists vs. Cornell
Armani Cotton, Yale (Jr., G - New York)
19 points, 9 rebounds vs. Brown
John Golden, Dartmouth (Jr., F - Freehold, N.J.)
13 points, 2 rebounds at St. John’s
Tony Hicks, Penn (So., G - South Holland, Ill.)
15 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists vs. Saint Joseph’s
Norman Hobbie, Brown (Fr., G - Spring Lake, N.J.)
14 points, 2 rebounds at Yale
Rafael Maia, Brown (Jr., F - Sao Paulo)
16 points, 10 rebounds at Yale
Tuesday, January 21
Harvard at Florida Atlantic, 7 pm
Saturday, January 25
*Columbia at Cornell, Noon [IVY]
*Yale at Brown, 4 pm [IVY]
NJIT at Penn, 7:30 pm [IVY]
Sunday, January 26
Kean at Princeton, 2 pm [IVY]
*Harvard at Dartmouth, 4 pm [NBCSN]
*Ivy League Contests
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