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LIU arrives late to game against Columbia due to traffic

NCAA Basketball: LIU at UCLA Yannick Peterhans-USA TODAY Sports

You read the headline right. The LIU Sharks, who were scheduled to take on the Columbia Lions at 7 p.m., didn’t arrive at the gym until 7:10 p.m.

A Columbia University spokesperson told me that LIU’s team bus was stuck in traffic, amending the initial report from @CurryHicksSage on Twitter that Sharks head coach Rod Strickland was stuck in traffic.

When I arrived, at 6:20, there was simply “.1” listed on the timer, and Columbia had a few players warming up.

Shortly after, the Columbia players left the floor.

At 6:39, 47 minutes were put on the clock, and Lions players returned for warmups.

At 6:48, the PA announcer announced an anticipated start time of 7:32 p.m.

At 7:02, the PA announcer reaffirmed the planned 7:32 p.m. start time.

At 7:10, the LIU team walked in, and the anticipated start time was still 7:32 p.m., which doesn’t leave much time for dilly-dallying.

Jeff Goodman reported that LIU had left at 3 p.m., meaning that getting from Brooklyn to the Upper West Side took over four hours

At 7:20, the LIU players began to enter the court for abridged warmups. They’ll typically arrive two hours before an away game.

At 7:32, the game tipped off.

The Sharks trailed by as much as 19 in the first half but continued to compete. The Columbia lead dwindled in the second

Of note, it is not difficult to get from LIU’s campus in Brooklyn to Columbia’s campus using the New York Subway system. LIU is close to the 2 train at Nevins Street, which could take you to the 1 train in Manhattan. The 1 train goes directly to Columbia University at 116th Street.

Columbia won the game 77-67.