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Senior guard Nate Hickman, the team's second-leading scorer, was held to just three points against Miami (FL) on Wednesday.

Men’s basketball will host Albany on Friday, seeking to bounce back from an 11-point loss to ACC foe Miami in its last outing. 

Albany (7-6), which opened its season with an impressive victory over Penn State, should provide an important litmus test for Columbia, as it has outrebounded opponents by almost nine per game thus far. Guard Joe Cremo leads the Great Danes in scoring, tallying nearly 17 points per contest. 

This Albany squad has already faced off against two Ivy teams, topping Brown 80-76 on Nov. 20, while falling to Yale 59-55 two weeks later. The Great Danes should have fresh legs against the Lions, having rested the last 10 days for finals and winter break. 

Standout Columbia junior guard Nate Hickman, held to just three points versus the Hurricanes, has been limited in both of the Light Blue’s games against high major opponents this year. Though he scored only seven points at Seton Hall at the start of the month, Hickman will look to find his form back at home. 

The Light Blue has also struggled throughout the season on the boards. In last game’s loss against the Hurricanes, the Lions were paced by senior forwards Jeff Coby and Luke Petrasek—who tallied a combined nine rebounds—but were ultimately outrebounded by a 34-24 margin, which included six fewer offensive boards.  

Men’s basketball, which last competed against Albany eight years ago in  a 69-48 loss in Morningside Heights, will look to avenge the defeat on Friday.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m in Levien Gymnasium.

jered.everson@columbiaspectator.com | @CUSpecSports

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