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December 1, 2007
SCOUTING CORNELL: The high-scoring, three-point shooting Big Red come into this one 4-1, including two wins over Patriot League teams (Lehigh and Army). Cornell, the Syracuse of the Ivy League, is 4-0 at home, its only loss coming at Ohio in its only game outside of Ithaca.
The Big Red love the three-point shot. They are hitting them at a 50.5 percent clip , second in the nation behind Texas. Overall they are shooting 51.9 percent while averaging 85 points per game, tops in the Ivy. It's all about outscoring opponents -- they give up 81 points per outing.
Four guys average in double figures. Sophomore guard Louis Dale (6-0) leads the way at 15.4 ppg. Ryan Wittman, a 6-6 sophomore averages 15 ppg, 6-0 junior Collin Robinson is scoring 12.8 per game off the bench. Fellow reserve Brian Kreefer (6-7 Jr.) averages 10 ppg. Starters Jason Hartford, a 6-9 senior (9.8 ppg) and 6-0 junior Adam Gore (9.4) are just under double figures for the Big Red.
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Cornell searching for milestone victory against Colgate
By Brian Delaney
The Ithaca Journal
December 1, 2007
ITHACA — Cornell is staring down history's door tonight.
In what coach Steve Donahue hopes is the first of many milestones this winter, the Big Red will look to open a season 5-1 for the first time since 1967 when Colgate (4-3) visits Newman Arena for an 8 p.m. tip-off.Through five games, Cornell is 4-0 at home, averaging a healthy 85 points per game and, so far, living up to its billing as top contender for the Ivy League championship. With the first semester schedule about to conclude, Donahue said he would put stock in the 5-1 benchmark.
“Sure. I think anytime you're building this up and doing things, you're trying to better yourself for what you've done previously,” Donahue said. “I look at all those things. I think a 5-1 start is a big deal.”
After a 4-0 start, the Raiders have lost three straight, the most recent coming Monday at Notre Dame. Dartmouth and Marist have also beaten Colgate, which is led by sharpshooting junior guard Kyle Roemer.
Two years ago, Roemer dropped 20 points in a 69-56 Cornell win at Newman. After missing the entire 2006-07 season with an ankle injury, Roemer has returned with a fury, scoring at a 19.1 points per game clip.
“He's a catch-and-shoot guy,” Donahue said. “Strong. Can go get his shot a little bit in the lane. Not really a finisher, but a very creative guy.
“He surprises people with his high release.”
Cornell knows a little about perimeter shooting.
Through five games, the Big Red ranks second nationally in three-point shooting percentage at 50 percent, behind only Texas (52 percent). The main culprits — and there have been several — have been sophomore point guard Louis Dale (9-for-18), sophomore swingman Ryan Wittman (15-for-26), sophomore combo guard Collin Robinson (6-for-12) and senior forward Jason Hartford (6-for-11). That perimeter balance has created nightmare matchups for opposing teams.
Colgate may find itself in a similar boat. A bulky Patriot League team, the Raiders rely on the brute force of 6-7 post player Kendall Chones and the off-the-bench athleticism of 6-8 Alex Woodhouse. Peter Minchella, a 6-10 center, also sees significant time.
“They do have pretty good athletes,” Donahue said. “They've got good girth and they pack it in, play a physical game and have good length across the perimeter.”
Cornell's frontcourt lineup has been in flux somewhat over the last three games.
Hartford and starting center Alex Tyler have played more sparingly than usual for a variety of reasons — but mostly due to foul trouble and unfavorable matchups. Off the bench, 6-4 combo guard Jason Battle and 6-7 forward Brian Kreefer have carved themselves solid roles, while 6-5 forward Andre Wilkins has seen time at the four spot.
“I'm extremely pleased with the effort and energy the guys are playing with,” Donahue said. “But we have so much more to do to be where we want to be in January and February. We're not there yet.”
Notes: After tonight, Cornell has two and a half weeks off for final exams. The team plays its next six games on the road, beginning with a Dec. 19 trip to Bucknell and Dec. 22 trip to Syracuse. Sophomore center, Jeff Foote, a Spencer-Van Etten graduate and 7-footer who transferred to Cornell from St. Bonaventure, will make his first appearance in a Big Red uniform at Bucknell. He'll wear the No. 1 jersey. ... Tonight's game will be the last of a tripleheader at Newman. The consolation and championship games of the women's Cornell Classic will be held at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.
November 30, 2007
...Cornell (4-1) looks to improve to their best start in exactly 40 seasons when they host Patriot League foe Colgate in Ithaca. The Big Red use a high-powered attack, as they lead the Ivies in scoring (85 ppg) and the entire nation in three-point shooting percentage (.510)...
November 30, 2007
Cornell, the preseason pick to win the Ivy League title, has four straight home victories to start the season. They will attempt to open 5-0 at home for the first time since the 1989-90 campaign. The Big Red has defeated Lehigh (87-83), Army (93-78), Siena (83-77) and Binghamton (73-68) while losing at Ohio U. (102-89).
“Cornell has a very explosive offensive team,” said Colgate head coach Emmett Davis. “They shoot the ball exceptionally well and have a very balanced scoring attack. Our defensive intensity and discipline will be tested for 40 minutes.”
Junior Kyle Roemer (Martinez, CA) is Colgate’s leading scorer with 19.1 points per game. He is second in the Patriot League in scoring and 17th in rebounding with 4.3 caroms per game.
Senior Daniel Waddy (Tucson, AZ) is second in scoring (9.1 ppg) followed by Kendall Chones (Cleveland, OH) with 8.9 points per game and Tim Pounds (Dudley, NC) with 7.4 points per game. Junior Alex Woodhouse (Alexandria, VA) is the team’s leading rebounder at 5.1, and ranks ninth in the Patriot League.
Cornell, which is averaging 85.0 points per game, has four players in double figures led by Louis Dale with 15.4 points per outing. Other players in double digits are Ryan Wittman (15.0), Collin Robinson (12.8) and Brian Kreefer (10.0). The Big Red’s leading rebounder is Wittman with 6.2 boards per game.
Cornell is shooting 52 percent from the floor overall and 51 percent from 3-point range.
Colgate’s next game is Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Binghamton.
Men’s Basketball Faces Second In-State RivalCornell Daily Sun
By Cory Bennett
November 30, 2007
For most Cornell students, that last hurdle before finals is a lingering paper, or test that has to get done before their focus can switch to final exams. For the men’s basketball team, that final hurdle is Colgate, who travels to Ithaca Saturday night for the 123rd matchup between the two squads.
On the surface, Cornell and Colgate seem to be two teams heading in opposite directions. While Cornell (4-1) has won its last three contests, Colgate (4-3) has dropped three straight. The Red is coming off a 73-68 win over another in-state rival in Binghamton last Tuesday. The Raiders, on the other hand, are coming off a 93-64 loss at Notre Dame.
Cornell has had flaws in each of its last three wins, though, struggling to put teams away, coming out of the gates slow, and giving up points in bunches at times. Colgate’s first two losses were by a combined six points, and Notre Dame is a perennially strong program.
Whatever the trends of the two teams shows proves, the Red knows it will be up against a tough team in the Raiders, if last years contest is any indication.
“Last year’s contest was really physical so we are prepared for a physical contest this time around,” said junior forward Brian Kreefer.
Cornell took that game 64-53, and knows the Raiders will bring much of the same intensity. Most teams this year have gone to small lineups against the Red’s guard-oriented offense, and the Raiders will probably be no different — by necessity.
The Raiders do not have much of a post presence and present a small team across the board. Their starting center, Peter Minchella, averages only 3.1 points per game and has played the least minutes of all the team’s starters, and two of its bench players.
Instead, the Raiders offense is centered on guard play mostly in the form of Kyle Roemer. Roemer has been the Raiders’ leading scorer in its last six contests, and is the only player who averages double digits scoring on the squad.
“[Roemer] can really shot the ball,” Kreefer said. “We have to make sure we keep him crowded and make him shoot off balance — just make sure he is not comfortable when he shoots.”
Indeed, Roemer is the one deep threat on the Raiders. He has nailed 19-of-46 3s while no one else on the team has even attempted more than 19.
“We must limit his opportunities and challenge all of his jump shots,” said junior guard Collin Robinson.
The Red will try and contain Roemer with a multitude of looks on the defensive end. Last Tuesday, against a Binghamton squad that ran a Princeton-style offense, Cornell switched between a 2-3 zone and a 1-3-1 zone to counter the Bearcats’ ball movement. The team only executed efficiently for stretches, however.
Cornell will trot out its zone at times against Colgate, but thinks shifting formations and styles will be the most effective strategy.
“We are going to use a man-to-man, half-court zone and a full-court zone press,” Kreefer said. “We want to use a little bit of everything against them”
Offensively, the Red has brought a balanced approach than the Raiders this season, with six players averaging 9.4 points per contest or more. Robinson said the team has noticed a tendency of Colgate’s defense that might help Cornell gameplan.
“They don’t help on the strong side penetration,” he said. “That leaves the lane open for penetration because teams know we have good shooters.”
But as the Red finish a four-game home stand, not to mention the last game before the break for finals, the players know that much of the importance of this game lies in gaining momentum.
“It would be big to get this win going into the break,” Robinson said. “The play is to build our confidence at home and take it on the road with us.”
Game #6: Colgate vs. Cornell
Tip off: Saturday, Dec. 1, at 8:00 p.m.
Site: Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
2007-08 Records: Colgate (4-3); Cornell (4-1)
Series Record: Cornell leads 70-52
Last Meeting: Cornell won 64-53, Jan. 3, 2007 in Hamilton, N.Y.
Radio: 1160 ESPN Radio, WPIE (Barry Leonard, Matt Grassie)
Live Stats: Available at www.Cornell Big Red.com
Live Video: Available at www.Cornell Big Red.com
Tickets: Available by calling (607) 254-BEAR
HEAD COACH STEVE DONAHUE
Cornell head coach Steve Donahue is in his eighth season at Cornell (78-118, .398) ... Donahue became the fourth Robert E. Gallagher ‘44 Coach of Men’s Basketball at Cornell on Sept. 6, 2000.
Cornell posted a 73-68 midweek victory over the Bearcats, shooting 56 percent from the floor in the victory to improve to 4-1 overall, the team’s best start since the 1996-97 campaign. The backcourt tandem of Louis Dale (17 points) and Collin Robinson (16 points) were too much for Binghamton, while Ryan Wittman added 13 points and eight rebounds on an efficient 5-of-7 shooting night from the field.
Dale (15.4 ppg.) and Wittman (15.0 ppg.) continue to lead the team in scoring, as six players are averaging at least 9.4 points per game. Wittman also paces the team in rebounding (6.2 rpg.), while Dale leads the Ivy League and is ranked 14th nationally in assists (7.0 apg.). Cornell is averaging 85.0 points per game and is shooting 52 percent from the floor overall and 51 percent from 3-point range.
Colgate enters the game having lost three straight after opening the year 4-0. Most recently, the Raiders dropped a 94-63 contest at Notre Dame. Kyle Roemer leads Emmett Davis’ team at 19.1 ppg. as the squad’s only double figure scorer. Defensively, the Raiders are holding foes to .416 shooting from the floor and are outrebounding opponents by two per game.
ABOUT COLGATE: The Raiders are off to a 4-3 start after falling to Notre Dame 94-63 on Nov. 26 in South Bend, Ind. Colgate opened the year 4-0 before suffering consecutive losses to Marist, Dartmouth and the Fighting Irish. The Raiders wins have come against Monmouth, Canisius, Texas State and Kennesaw State. Kyle Roemer leads the squad at 19.1 ppg. and is the team’s only double figure scorer. Defensively, the Raiders are holding foes to .416 shooting from the floor and are outrebounding opponents by two per game. Tenth-year head coach Emmett Davis has posted a 124-139 record.
CORNELL VS. THE PATRIOT LEAGUE: The Big Red holds a 134-109 all-time record against current members of the Patriot League, including a 70-52 mark against Colgate. The Big Red has faced Army (20-13), Bucknell (21-21), Holy Cross (2-3), Lafayette (7-11), Lehigh (12-8) and Navy (2-1). This is the third of four scheduled games Cornell will play against Patriot League foes in 2007-08, with Cornell posting an 87-83 win over Lehigh in the season opener and topping Army 93-78 on Nov. 20. The Big Red will visit Bucknell (Dec. 19).
A WIN OVER COLGATE WOULD ...
• make Cornell 5-1 overall for the first time since the 1967-68 season (started 8-1).
• be the fourth straight win overall and the third consecutive over Colgate.
• make the Big Red 3-0 against teams from the Patriot League.
• continue Cornell’s win streak against teams from New York State, upping the total to eight games.
• give the Big Red a perfect 5-0 mark at Newman Arena for the first time ever, and for the first time at home since the 1989-90 squad opened 8-0 at home.
• extend Cornell’s lead in the all-time series to 71-52.
• be the 1,107th in school history.
DALE NAMED IVY LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Nov. 26): Dale helped Cornell to wins over Army and Siena, averaging 18.5 points, 6.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds in the two games. He shot 48 percent from the floor, 55 percent from 3-point range and on 9-of-11 free throws (82 percent). Dale opened the week with 17 points, seven assists and four rebounds in a 93-78 win over the Black Knights. The 5-11 guard was even better as Cornell topped the preseason Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference favorite Saints, going for a season-high 20 points and nine rebounds, along with six assists in the 83-77 victory. Dale scored 15 of his points in the second half, ending the evening 4-of-6 on 3-pointers.
NOVEMBER REIGN: Cornell closed out its first winning month of November since 1998 with its victory over Siena, finishing with a 4-1. That 1998-99 team went 3-2 in November en route to an 11-15 finish. The four wins in November is a school record.
TREY BIEN: The Big Red has hit at least one 3-pointer in 510 straight games entering the Colgate contest. Cornell surpassed the 500-game plateau when the Big Red connected on six treys at Princeton on Feb. 16, 2007. The last time Cornell did not hit a 3-pointer was against Denison in the 1988-89 season opener (0-for-2). Since the 3-point shot came into effect in NCAA play during the 1986-87 season, Cornell has hit at least one shot behind the arc in 561 of 565 games, connecting on 3,199 treys, an average of 5.66 per game. The Big Red has hit a 3-pointer in all 196 games coached by Steve Donahue.
TREY BIEN, MERCI: The Big Red has opened the season with four consecutive games in which it has hit at least 10 3-pointers, the longest stretch in school history. Cornell had never previously gone more than two consecutive games with 10 or more treys.
THREE IS MY FAVORITE NUMBER: Through five games, Cornell ranks second in the country in 3-point field goal percentage (.500), behind only Texas (.520). The Big Red is also 22nd in 3-pointers per game (9.6).
THE BIG ASSIST: Sophomore Louis Dale ranks 14th nationally in assists (7.0 apg.), a mark that would establish a school record of 189 if he maintains his current pace. Roger Chadwick had 171 assists during the 1951-52 campaign..
SAY GOODBYE TO THE BIG RED: Big Red fans will have this week to say its farewell to the men’s basketball team, because after its game with Colgate on Saturday night (Dec. 1), the team won’t play in front of the Newman Arena crowd until Jan. 10, 2008 when it faces Division III Alvernia at 7 p.m.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Cornell is 3-0 this season against teams from the state of New York, extending its win streak to seven games dating back to last year’s 78-75 loss to Albany. Over the last two seasons, Cornell is 9-2 against teams from the Empire State.
PICKING UP THE PACE: Cornell enters the Colgate game just off a school-record scoring pace. The Big Red is averaging 85.0 points per game through five contests, just below the 85.2 points the 1965-66 squad averaged en route to a 15-9 season.
SIX DOUBLE UP: Entering the Colgate game, Cornell has four players averaging in double figures and two more over nine points per game. The Big Red hasn’t had four regulars average double figures since the 1998-99 campaign (Ray Mercedes - 14.2, Wallace Prather - 12.8, Jeffrion Aubry - 10.5, Keirian Brown - 10.1). The 1971-72 team had six players average double figures for an entire season, though two of the players saw action in only 10 of the 24 games during the season.
CRUISING AT 80: The Big Red scored at least 80 points in four straight games to open the year, the first time it had reached that mark consecutively since the 1966-67 squad had five straight under head coach Sam MacNeil (110 vs. Pitt, 80 vs. Yale, 81 vs. Brown, 86 at Dartmouth, 85 at Harvard).
LINE IT UP: The Big Red got to the free throw line 38 times in the win over Army, making 31 attempts from the charity stripe. It was the most makes in a single game for Cornell since hitting 31 at Harvard during the 1992-93 season. For the year, Cornell is connecting on 77 percent of its shots from the free throw line.
BENCH SETTERS: The Big Red reserves have been outstanding in helping Cornell to its 4-1 start, averaging 28.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game. Cornell’s reserves have outscored the opponents’ bench in three contests and have been led by Collin Robinson (12.8 ppg., 5.0 apg., 2.8 rpg.), while Brian Kreefer is scoring 10.0 ppg. and has connected on 17-of-20 field goals (85 percent) in his four contests.
BIG RED PICKED FIRST IN PRESEASON POLL: If the Ivy League media are right, the Cornell men’s basketball team will be the conference’s representative when the 2007-08 NCAA basketball tournament comes around, as head coach Steve Donahue’s team opens the season sitting atop the Ivy League media preseason poll which was released today by the league office. The Big Red is the first team other than Penn or Princeton to sit atop the preseason poll since Dartmouth was predicted to win the 1988-89 campaign 19 years ago. The Big Red received 10 of 16 first-place votes and outdistanced projected runner-up Yale, 119-104. Three-time defending league champion Penn, with 97 points, finished third, while Columbia (80), Brown (70), Harvard (43), Princeton (40) and Dartmouth (23) rounded out the eight-team field. Yale was the top team on three ballots, while Penn, Columbia and Brown each received one first-place vote.
LAST IVY TITLE: Cornell is the last team other than Penn or Princeton to earn the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The Big Red went 11-3 in Ivy League play and 17-10 overall during the 1987-88 season, running off 11 straight conference wins at one point during the year. Cornell faced Arizona in the first round of the national tourney, dropping a 90-50 decision. That team is here for men’s basketball Alumni Weekend on its 20th anniversary of that special season.
TALL IVY: Over the last three seasons, Cornell’s 25-17 record is second-best among Ivy League teams in conference action. Penn has claimed each of the last three Ancient Eight titles and has posted a 36-6 mark in conference over that span.
BIG RED RECEIVES VOTES IN PRESEASON MID-MAJOR TOP 25 POLL: Cornell received 25 votes in the preseason collegeinsider.com Mid-Major top 25 poll, placing itself in the others receiving votes category. Non-conference foe Siena is ranked No. 22, while Bucknell (61), Penn (33), Ohio (27) and Yale (5) joined the Big Red in the also receiving votes category. The Mid-Major Top 25 includes teams from the America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Continent, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Sun Belt and West Coast Conference.
DALE DISHES IT OUT: Sophomore Louis Dale has improved upon a tremendous freshman season by becoming a true point guard as a sophomore. Through five games, Dale is averaging 7.0 assists per game. He opened the season with a career-high 10 in the win over Lehigh, then posted nine to just two turnovers against Ohio. Through five games, Dale is averaging a team-high15.4 points and 8.0 assists to go along with 4.8 rebounds on 50 percent shooting overal ladn from 3-point range. Dale is also making 88 percent of his free throws. He had a dominant 20-point, nine-rebound, six-assist effort in the win over Siena, helping him earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors.
WITTMAN LIGHTS IT UP: Sophomore Ryan Wittman, picked by many publications as a preseason first-team All-Ivy League selection, has shown why people think so highly of him early in the season. Wittman is averaging 15.0 points and a team-best 6.2 rebounds while shooting 54 percent from the floor and 58 percent from 3-point range so far in 2007-08. He notched 17 points and four rebounds at Ohio after hitting on 5-of-6 3-pointers in the opener vs. Lehigh. He has made a 3-pointer in all 33 of his college contests entering the Colgate game and became the 12th player in school history to surpass 100 career 3-pointers with his second make at Ohio. Wittman is coming off a 14-point contest that included a career-high 11 rebounds in a win over preseason MAAC favorite Siena and a 13-point, eight-rebound effort vs. Binghamton.
ROBINSON PROVIDES BIG SPARK: Few, if any, Ivy League teams can boast a player like Collin Robinson coming off the bench. The junior, who transferred to Cornell from USC, is averaging 12.8 points, 5.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds in five games as a reserve this season. Robinson had a career-high 16-point, six-assist, four-rebound game in a win over Army. He also had 10 points, five assists and three rebounds at Ohio and 14 points, seven assists and two steals vs. Siena. Robinson is earning starter’s minutes, averaging 28.8 minutes per game, second on the team.
HARTFORD HEALTHY AND MAKING AN IMPACT: Senior Jason Hartford is averaging 9.8 points and 4.2 rebounds while making 6-of-11 3-pointers so far this season. Hartford had 19 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in the season-opening win over Lehigh, then followed that up with 18 points at Ohio against the Bobcats’ formidable frontline. Hartford sat out the entire 2006-07 season with a myriad of injuries, earning a fifth year from the Ivy League.
GORE BACK ON THE ATTACK: Junior guard Adam Gore’s return from last season’s knee injury has gone smoothly, with the former Ivy League Rookie of the Year averaging 9.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals per game so far this season. Gore had 12 points, three rebounds and three assists at Ohio in just his second game back after missing the final 27 contests a season ago.
BIG MAN IN THE POST: Sophomore Alex Tyler has been the Big Red’s physical presence in the post this season, averaging 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds. Tyler was one point shy of a career-high with 13 points to go along with six rebounds at Ohio after opening the 2007-08 season with eight points, seven rebounds and two blocks against Lehigh in his first collegiate start. He has twice matched his career-high of seven rebounds in a game.
KREEF GETS SALUTE: Some players just seem to play better against certain teams. Junior forward Brian Kreefer must circle Army on his calendar every year. After playing a total of three minutes in the team’s first two contests this year, Kreefer scored a team-high 21 points and added three assists, two rebounds and two steals in 25 minutes, continuing his excellent play in his career against the Black Knights. Kreefer is averaging 17.7 points while shooting .704 from the floor (19-of-27) and .636 from 3-point range (7-of-11) in three games against Army. This season, Kreefer is posting 10.0 ppg. and 3.0 apg., while shooting 85 percent from the floor (17-of-20).
WILKINS BRINGS THE EXCITEMENT: Sophomore Andre Wilkins, a transfer from Blinn College, has already become a fan favorite at Newman Arena thanks to his hustle and athleticism. He has also been a key player off the bench for the Big Red, averaging 4.4 points and 2.8 rebounds. He made his Cornell debut against Lehigh, posting nine points, six rebounds and two steals in 25 minutes off the bench. Wilkins had six points and five rebounds in the win over Army.
WITTMAN A PRESEASON MID-MAJOR ALL-AMERICAN: Sophomore Ryan Wittman was named a preseason Mid-Major All-American by collegeinsider.com. He was the only sophomore and one of just three underclassmen on the 25-man squad. Wittman is also the only Ivy League representative.
JOINING US SOON: Junior Jeff Foote, a 7-0 center who transferred from St. Bonaventure midseason last year, will be eligible to compete for the Big Red beginning on Dec. 19 at Bucknell after fall final exams have been completed. Foote, who hails from nearby Lockwood, N.Y., will be Cornell’s second seven-footer, joining Marshall Werner ‘93.
GETTING UP THERE: Cornell head coach Steve Donahue enters the 2007-08 campaign with the second-longest tenure at the helm of their current team in the Ivy League. Only James Jones at Yale (ninth year) has been at his current school longer than Donahue has directed the Big Red.
CAPTAINS’ COUNCIL: The Big Red men’s basketball team will be led by a captains’ council group this season, who will share regular captain’s duties. Senior Jason Hartford and juniors Jason Battle, Adam Gore, Brian Kreefer and Conor Mullen will be the official captains for the 2007-08 season.
KAMPMANN JOINS BIG RED COACHING STAFF: Woody Kampmann, formerly on the staff at Hobart under former Big Red assistant coach Izzi Metz, joins the Cornell men’s basketball coaching staff. Kampmann helped the 2006-07 Hobart squad to an 11-14 mark and a 7-7 conference record in 2006-07, helping the team improve throughout the season. The Statesmen won their final four games and five of their final six games overall. He helped in the development of first-team all-league selection John Grazioli and second-team pick Mike Manning. Prior to his stint at Hobart, Kampmann spent the 2005-06 season as an assistant coach at Williams. While at Williams, Kampmann helped the Ephs to a 17-8 record while working primarily with the perimeter players. He also served as head coach of the junior varsity program.
• Seven members of this year’s squad earned first-team all-state recognition in high school. Senior Jason Hartford (Oregon), juniors Brian Kreefer (Ohio) and Conor Mullen (Washington) and sophomores Louis Dale (Alabama), Geoff Reeves (Kansas), Pete Reynolds (Nebraska) and Ryan Wittman (Minnesota) were placed among the very top players in their respective states as seniors.
• Hartford was named Oregon’s Class 3A Player of the Year as a senior, while Wittman was one of five finalists for Mr. Basketball in Minnesota.
• Junior Geoff Reeves is a triplet along with sisters Erica and Alyssa.
• Junior Ryan Wittman is the son of Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Randy Wittman. Randy was a part of Indiana University’s 1981 NCAA championship team, was Big Ten Player of the Year in 1983, and played in the NBA.
• Junior Jeff Foote’s father, Don, played college basketball at Niagara (1976-79).
• Junior Louis Dale speaks fluent French.
• Senior Khaliq Gant has been doing an online journal recapping his neck injury at www.thecampusword.com.
FOR OPENERS: The Big Red has posted a 70-41 all-time record in season openers after beginning this season with an 87-83 triumph over Lehigh on Nov. 10.
NON-LEAGUE SUCCESS: The Big Red finished non-conference play with a 7-7 record in 2006-07, its first .500 non-league record under Steve Donahue. Cornell last posted a .500 or better record outside of Ivy League games during the 1999-2000 season, going 7-6. Cornell is off to a 4-1 start already this year against non-league foes.
NEXT UP: After an 18-day break for final exams, Cornell hits the road to face Bucknell on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. The game will feature the first regular season game for St. Bonaventure transfer and local native Jeff Foote (Lockwood, N.Y.).