Friday, August 3, 2007

Will Cornell Close out Games in 2007-2008?

Cornell finished 2006-2007 with a 16-12 overall record and 9-5 Ivy mark (3rd place). The Big Red started three freshmen (Louis Dale, pictured here, Ryan Wittman, and Alex Tyler) and used a fourth (Geoff Reeves) as the 6th man. With in experience, there sometimes comes heartbreak. Cornell dropped at least seven games last year that the Big Red could have and should have won. These games reflect that a 23-5 overall (11-3 Ivy) record was certainly very much in reach for the Big Red. In fact, at the very least, Cornell should have won 20 overall games.

We hope that Cornell has learned from its mistakes and will win these types of games during 2007-2008. A sample of Cornell's 2006-2007 heartbreaks below.

November 25, 2006-Binghamton 57 Cornell 56 (at Binghmaton)-The last run was made by the host team Binghamton, going up 57-56 after two free throws with 27 seconds to play. After a Big Red turnover and a missed front end of a 1-and-1, Cornell had two chances to win the final 10 seconds. After consecutive timeouts with 15 seconds, Cornell perfectly executed an inbounds to get Brian Kreefer the last shot. The sophomore drove the lane, jump-stopped and missed a 5-foot runner, but got his own rebound. His putback was just a little too strong and Binghamton rebounded the ball as time expired.

November 28, 2006-Hartford 63 Cornell 61
(at Cornell)-Hartford held Cornell without a field goal in the final 5:20 of the game as the Hawks rallied from a 12-point deficit in the final four and a half minutes to steal a 63-61 win from the Big Red in a non-conference game in Newman Arena.

December 2, 2006-William & Mary 73 Cornell 68
(Overtime at William & Mary)-For the second time in a week, Cornell surrendered a double figure lead late, this time dropping a 73-68 contest to William & Mary in the championship game of the Tribe's Tip-Off Classic. Ryan Wittman hit a trey with five minutes remaining in regulation and built a Cornell lead up to 13 points (59-46). William & Mary tied the score but Cornell had the last possession of the game and an opportunity to win in regulation, but Jason Battle was called for charging with two seconds on the clock to send the game into the extra period. The two teams traded baskets to open overtime before a layup with 1:42 remaining in overtime put William & Mary up for good at 68-66.

December 16, 2006-Bucknell 70 Cornell 66
(at Cornell)-Bucknell’s Donald Brown made two big shots in the final two minutes and Bucknell sophomore Jason Vegotsky put Bucknell ahead for the first time in the second half with his 3-pointer with 42 seconds left to lift the Bison to a 70-66 win over Cornell. Cornell had led the Bison by as many as 17 points before surrendering.

December 22, 2006-Albany 78 Cornell 75
(at Cornell)-Andrew Naeve scored a field goal to make it 71-70 Albany. A Louis Dale 3-pointer with under 35 seconds remaining cut a four point deficit to 76-75, and Cornell opted foul Albany’s Jamar Wilson. The preseason America East Player of the Year calmly stepped to the charity stripe and hit both shots. Dale's last-second 3-point attempt fell short and Albany rebounded the ball for the victory.

February 3, 2007-Harvard 65 Cornell 64
(at Harvard)- Harvard's Evan Harris scored on a layup with 0.8 seconds left to give the Crimson a 65-64 victory over Cornell.

March 2, 2007-Harvard 85 Cornell 79
(at Cornell)-Cornell led by as many as 14 points in the first half (43-29) only to fall apart in the second half. Harvard’s lead did not exceed 3 points in the second half until the Crimson extended the lead with under 32 seconds remaining in the game.

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