Let us know your thoughts on the upcoming game by either leaving a comment at the Game Preview Center or sending us an email. Fans of Cornell basketball should attempt to not miss the Colgate game, because Cornell's next game is not until December 19 against Bucknell in Lewisberg, Pa. This December layover marks the longest in-season stretch between games since the 2002-03 campaign (20 days). Go Big Red!
Friday, November 30, 2007
Let us know your thoughts on the upcoming game by either leaving a comment at the Game Preview Center or sending us an email. Fans of Cornell basketball should attempt to not miss the Colgate game, because Cornell's next game is not until December 19 against Bucknell in Lewisberg, Pa. This December layover marks the longest in-season stretch between games since the 2002-03 campaign (20 days). Go Big Red!
ORU head coach Scott Sutton and his brother, Oklahoma State head coach Sean Sutton, enter an elite fraternity this fall as the seventh set of head coach brothers in NCAA history (all levels). They are one of two sets of head coach brothers currently active, joining James (Yale) and Joe (Cornell) Jones.
(2) During 2006-2007, Cornell was 3-2 heading into the Big Red's 6th game of the year. Two of the losses were to Lehigh and Binghamton (with wins over Northwestern, Army and Stony Brook). This season, Cornell is an improved 4-1, having defeated Binghamton and Lehigh along the way. A win over Colgate would make Cornell 5-1 overall for the first time since the 1967-68 season.
(4) Adam Gore is currently shooting 39% on field goals, 35% on three pointers, and 94% on free throws. During 2005-2006, Gore's prior season with the Big Red, he shot 43% on field goals, 42% on three pointers, and 83% on free throws.
(5) Colgate has already lost to an Ivy League team. The Dartmouth Big Green defeated Colgate 81-76 in Hamilton, New York on November 24.
The Mid-Majority.com's Editor, Kyle Whelliston, projected Penn as the Ivy League champion during the preseason.
Binghamton Pipe Dream
By Ben Masur
November 30, 2007
From day one, Binghamton University men’s basketball head coach Kevin Broadus has been concerned about his team’s defense.
But now, two weeks into the season, add their offense to the list of concerns as the Bearcats were handed their fourth straight loss of the season, 73-68, at Cornell on Tuesday night.
“I am concerned about everything: offense and defense, everything is new,” Broadus said. “We try to get better at it and all of these guys are freshmen and we are all trying to grow.”
The Bearcats jumped out to an early 11-2 lead in a promising start, but then struggled closing out the half. The Big Red held a 13-point lead at the break as they went on a 22-8 run, with 19 of those points coming off eight Bearcat turnovers, to end a half in which Cornell shot 67 percent.
Cornell had eight different players score in the first half, while the Bearcats had just three. Binghamton’s Devon McBride and Lazar Trifunovic combined for 23 of the team’s 30 first-half points. McBride finished with a game-high 20 and Trifunovic with 16.
“They are stepping up, but now we have to get other guys to do the same,” Broadus said. “We need the whole team to step up. This team is not good enough to have this guy play well one game and the next game someone else. We don’t need individual play, we need unit play.”
Binghamton outscored Cornell 38-30 in the second half and its defense held the Big Red to 44 percent shooting and forced 19 turnovers for the game, partly thanks to the stellar play of Reggie Fuller, who had six blocks and five steals.
But offensively, the Bearcats just couldn’t make a push. Cutting the lead to eight, 64-56 with 4:24 to go, Binghamton then went scoreless until the 1:54 mark as Cornell extended its lead to 13 and the Bearcats couldn’t seem to make timely baskets.
With Cornell playing a 2-3 and 1-3-1 zone, the Bearcats were forced to rely on their outside shooting and couldn’t make Cornell pay.
Binghamton shot just 7-for-24 from behind the arc, including a 2-for-10 effort from Moussa Camara, who finished the game with 12 points. Brandon Herbert, who fouled out in 13 minutes of action, also added a spark offensively with 10 points. But sharp shooter Milos Klimovic, who is usually called upon to drain shots from the outside, did not play due to a coach’s decision.
“We are going to see a lot of zone,” Broadus said. “Guys are afraid to guard us so they will play zone, and now we have to work on making shots.”
While the Bearcats got 30 points from their bench, the two senior guards they usually rely on struggled. Mike Gordon and Richie Forbes combined for just six points and shot a combined 2-for-13 from the field and 0-for-5 from three. But while the two did combine for 11 assists and five steals, they clearly didn’t have a typical performance.
“Mike had back spasms and I didn’t want to play him, but he insisted on playing,” Broadus said. “He isn’t himself right now and Forbes just had a rough outing.”
Cornell was led by Louis Dale, who had 17 points in 6-for-10 shooting, and Colin Robinson, who added 16 points on 6-for-11 shooting. The Big Red shot 56 percent for the game and 14-for-18 from the charity stripe.
The Bearcats have yet to win on the road this season and will look to change that tomorrow when they take on Rider at 3 p.m. in Lawrenceville, N.J. They have their work cut out for them as the Broncs beat the Bearcats last season at Binghamton, 79-65.
This season, Rider beat Penn State and almost defeated North Carolina State. Rider is led by Jason Thompson, an “NBA prospect,” according to Broadus, who was voted the 2007-2008 MAAC Preseason Player of the Year and was one of just three Division I players to average over 20 points and 10 rebounds for the 2006-2007 season. The other two were Kevin Durant of Texas and Nick Fazekas of Nevada.
“Rider is a very tough team,” Broadus said. “We are playing whole games with young guys. I am seeing progression, but now we have to put together 40 whole minutes. We have to put together two halves.”
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Cornell basketball recruiting prospect, 6'9" Mitchell Watt (pictured above) (Desert Edge H.S., Arizona) is averaging a solid 15.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.6 blocks, and 3.7 assists per game through his team's first seven games of the season. Watt is shooting 57% from the floor and has knocked down 5/11 from three-point range. He is shooting 69% from the line (18/26). In Desert Edge High School's 64-59 win over Saguaro last night, Watt struggled for his 13 points. During the game, he had two missed dunks. Desert Edge is now 5-2.
Meanwhile, Cornell recruiting commitment, Chris Wroblewski finished with 24 points in his Highland Park team's season opening win over Rich Central on November 23. In Hig
The Cornell Basketball Blog provides our evaluation of the Big Red after five games. Let us know whether you agree and disagree with our evaluations. Go Big Red!
- Head Coach Steve Donahue (A- Grade)-Coach Donahue has done an excellent job managing his rotation. He has used the same five starters (Hartford, Tyler, Wittman, Gore, and Dale) in each of the five games. He has also essentially used the same five reserves in each game (Robinson, Wilkins, Kreefer, Reeves and Battle). With the exception of one player (Reynolds), the rest of the roster (Gant, Foote, Osgood, Wire, Jaques, and Mullen) has yet to see playing time. Coach Donahue has also done an excellent job in managing time outs and making defensive and offensive adjustments. He has also helped improve his team's ability to "close out" games, an area where Cornell struggled last year.
- Alex Tyler 6'7" Sophomore (B Grade)-Tyler is averaging more than 3 fouls per game despite playing only 19 minutes per game. He is also averaging more than 3 turnovers per game, 2nd on the team. Several of these turnovers and fouls originated from "player control fouls" (i.e. charges). While he should remain aggressive inside, he needs to play smarter. And if he can control his fouls and turnovers, he will stay on the floor longer and become a more dominating player. He is averaging a very solid 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds while shooting 50% from the floor. Tyler would start at power forward for virtually every Ivy League team.
- Jason Hartford 6'9" Senior (B+ Grade)-When on the floor, Hartford can be dominant. He is only playing 19 minutes per game, but he is averaging 9.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, while hitting 56% from the floor, 55% (6/11) from beyond the arc and 83% at the line (5/6). He needs to assert himself more defensively and must set more screen picks on the high post for the guards.
- Ryan Wittman 6'6" Sophomore (A Grade)-In the last two games, Wittman has upped his grade to an "A" as he has developed a complete all-around game. He is averaging 15.0 points, 6.2 rebounds on 54% shooting from the floor and a mind-blowing 58% from beyond the arc. He is 8/11 from the free throw line. His commitment to rebounding and varying his shot selection has elevated his game to a new level.
- Adam Gore 6'0" Sophomore (B Grade)-Gore is a bit rusty shooting from his year off (39% FGs, 35% 3 PTs, 94% FTs) but his production had been solid, 26 minutes, 9.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game to go along with hard nosed defense (7 steals) and terrific leadership. In a few more months, his shots should begin to fall more efficiently.
- Louis Dale 5'11" Sophomore (A+ Grade)-If the season ended today, Dale would have to be Ivy League Player of the Year. He is an unbelievable stat sheet stuffer as he is averaging in 27 minutes per game, 15.4 points, 7.0 assists (12th in the nation), and 4.8 rebounds per game on 50% FGs, 50% 3 PTs, and 88% FTs. Cornell will be more successful if Dale attacks the basket relentlessly. There is not a guard in the Ivy League that can defend him.
- Collin Robinson 6'0" Sophomore (A+ Grade)-Behind Dale, the 2nd best point guard in the Ivy League and hands down the Ivy League's top "6th Man". Robinson is averaging 12.8 points, 5.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game on 48% from the floor, 50% from beyond the arc (6/12) and 77% at the line (10/13). He also has 7 steals in 5 games. Robinson's unselfish play and tag-team play with Louis Dale has created tremendous scoring opportunities for the Big Red perimeter shooting wings, in particular, Ryan Wittman and Adam Gore.
- Brian Kreefer 6'7" Junior (B+ Grade)-Last year, The Cornell Basketball Blog was fairly critical of Kreefer's play. However, Kreefer has cut-down his three pointer attempts (only 2 this season) and has focused more on scoring inside the paint. The result? Artwork. Kreefer is 17/20 from the floor for 85% shooting, on route to 10.0 points per game and 3.0 assists per game from a point forward position. His selective perimeter shooting has also resulted in a 2/2 performance from downtown. On the downside, he is a dreadful 4/11 from the free throw line and is only averaging 1.3 rebounds in his 18+ minutes per game. Kreefer has been a life savor in situations where Alex Tyler goes to the bench in foul trouble.
- Andre Wilkins 6'5" Sophomore (B Grade)-Wilkins fills his role perfectly. He is a bundle of energy and excitement off the bench and a stalwart defender. He is chipping in 4.4 points and 2.8 rebounds in 16 minutes per game, while shooting 8/17 from the floor and 6/8 at the line. His shooting percentage would increase if he looked to go above the rim more rather than shooting his fade away jumpers.
- Jason Battle 6'4" Junior (B- Grade)-Battle's stats are not important. His role is to play lock down defense and he is used when Cornell opts to go with full court pressure. In that regard, he has done a terrific job closing passing lanes and deflecting passes. He is averaging 1.6 rebounds in under 10 minutes per game, while shooting 3/8 from the floor. However, when he is on the floor, Cornell gives up some offense.
- Geoff Reeves 6'5" Sophomore (B- Grade)-Reeves is only playing just over 7 minutes per game due to a crowded perimeter of talented guards and small forwards. However, he will be utilized in future situations where Cornell's starting offense stalls out, a scenario which has not yet presented itself. His time will come. Nevertheless, when on the floor in his limited time, Reeves has been a reliable shooter. He is 4/8 from the floor and 2/3 downtown. He needs to chip in more on the defensive boards and is often caught floating off in the distance when Cornell is playing defense.
- Pete Reynolds, Conor Mullen, Jon Jaques, Aaron Osgood, Adam Wire, Jeff Foote, Khaliq Gant (No Grades)-Of this group, only Pete Reynolds has entered a game and that was just for 1 minute. Accordingly, we do not have grades for these players. But we are looking forward to seeing them hit the floor in the future.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Yale also fell last night but to a very good Holy Cross team. However, the 21 point blowout defeat does not bode well for the Elis, even though they were missing starting center Matt Kyle. The Yale Daily News made reference to Cornell following Yale's loss to Holy Cross.
The Official Ivy League Standings can be viewed by clicking here.
|Ivy League Standings|
|Cornell ||0||0||4 ||1|
|Penn ||0 ||0 ||2 ||5|
|Princeton ||0||0||2 ||4|
|Yale ||0||0||1 ||4|
RECENT IVY LEAGUE GAMES (Home teams listed second)
Tuesday, November 20
Army 78, Cornell 93
The Citadel 77, Penn 93
Harvard 65, Holy Cross 72
Yale 61, Stanford 72
Wednesday, November 21
Princeton 70, Chaminade 74 (EA Sports
Friday, November 23
Virginia 100, Penn 85 (Philly Classic)
Yale 47, UCLA 81
Saturday, November 24
Brown 73, Northwestern 67
Navy 67, Penn 71 (Philly Classic)
Sunday, November 25
Tuesday, November 27
Wednesday, November 28
Yale 39, Holy Cross 60
Wagner 64, Brown
Seton Hall 65, Princeton 55
UPCOMING IVY LEAGUE GAMES
Friday, November 30
Saturday, December 1
Princeton at Rutgers, 2:00pm
Wagner at Yale, 2:00pm
Penn at Villanova, 7:00pm
UC Davis at Brown, 7:00pm
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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.).
Scout.com is reporting that Cornell is showing interest in class of 2009 prospect, Jesse Hazely, a 6'6" power forward from Santa Margarita H.S. in Orange County, California. Hazely attends the same high school as former Big Red players, Jake Rohe and Lenny Collins. Hazely told Scout.com that he visited UCSB and San Diego and is also receiving interest from Brown, in addition to the Big Red.
Cornell recruiting commitment, Chris Wroblewski scored 24 points in Highland Park's first game of the Moline Tournament, a 71-62 win over Rich Central. For a profile of Wroblewski, visit The Cornell Basketball Blog's Targets and Commitments List.
TexasHoops.com reports that Brandon Shaw, a 6'2" guard from
ITHACA, N.Y. -- The Cornell men's basketball team got 17 points from Louis Dale and 16 from Collin Robinson to help the Big Red defeat Binghamton 73-68 on Tuesday evening at Newman Arena. Cornell shot 56 percent from the floor in improving to 4-1, while the Bearcats slipped to 1-5.
Robinson matched his career-high with his 16 points and added three rebounds and two steals, while Dale made 6-of-10 shots from the floor and also posted two steals and three assists. Sophomore Ryan Wittman also hit for double figures, adding 13 points and eight rebounds. Junior Brian Kreefer had seven points and three assists, with Alex Tyler posting six points and seven rebounds in just 16 minutes of action.
Devon McBride scored a game-high 20 points off the bench for the Bearcats to lead four players in double figures. Lazar Trifunovic notched 16 points and Moussa Camara had 12 points. Brandon Herbert rounded out the double figure scorers with 10 points, with Reggie Fuller notching six blocked shots, five steals and three assists in 34 minutes.
Binghamton ran out to a 9-0 lead, but once the Big Red caught up at 15-15, the home team never trailed again. Cornell shot 67 percent in the first half and ended the game 5-of-9 from 3-point range. The Big Red outrebounded Binghamton 28-22, but turned the ball over 19 times.
Binghamton opened the game with nine consecutive points, but it was the Big Red scoring the final 11 of the first half to go into the break with a sizable 13-point bulge (43-30).
The Bearcats launched out to a 9-0 lead just two minutes into the contest behind six quick points by Trifunovic and two Big Red turnovers. Hartford's turnaround jumper finally gotr Cornell on the boar with 17:45 left in the half, but Trifunovic hit for his eighth point to make it 11-2 on the next trip. Thje Big Red went on a 7-0 run, punctuated by a Dale 3-pointer and a steal and dunk by the sophomore, the first of his career, to make it 11-9 four minutes in. Cornell tied the game at 15-15 at the first media timeout when a floated by Dale was grabbed in the air by Reggie Fuller for a goaltending.
Robinson gave Cornell its first lead of the game at 17-15 on a fallaway jumper outside the lane, but the Bearcats tied it up on a McBride follow after an offensive rebound 20 seconds later. After Robinson hit another runner and then a 3-pointer from the right corner to put the home team up five (22-17).
The Bearcats wouldn't let the home team extend the lead any further, scoring the next five points to tie the game at 22-22 on a McBride free throw with 7:14 before halftime. Wittman's first trey of the game made it 25-22, and a Dale assist to Kreefer beyond the arc followed as the Big Red started to get open looks from outside. Gore came around a screen and was fouled attempting a 3-pointer, making all three of his charity tosses to make it 35-30 with 3:26 remaining in the half. The lead grew to 43-30 at halftime as the Big Red went to the locker room having hit on 67 percent of its field goals (16-of-24). Dale led the way with 11 points, while Robinson added nine.
Cornell quickly opened up a 16-point lead with a Wittman 3-pointer after the break, but the Bearcats brought it back to 10 within two minutesat 46-36. A Camara 3-pointer for Binghamton cut the deficit to nine (48-39), but WIlkins got two of the points right back to push the lead back to double figures. A quick-strike break after a Robinson steal led to a layup by Kreefer and forced a BU timeout with 13:42 remaining in regulation.
The Bearcats wouldn't let the home team pull away, cutting the deficit to eight two times, the last at 64-56 with just over four minutes to play, but a steal by Kreefer and a look-ahead pass to Robinson resulted in a three-point play, pushing the edge back to 67-56. The visitors chipped away at the lead, but didn't cut it below seven until the final five seconds, as a 3-pointer and a layup at the buzzer made for the final margin.
Cornell closes out its four-game homestand on Saturday when it hosts Colgate at 8 p.m. at Newman Arena. The Big Red will be looking for its third straight win in the series, with the game following the consolation and championship games of the Cornell women's basketball Big Red Invitational. Those games tip off at 3 and 5 p.m. Cornell plays Friday evening at 7 p.m. against Gardner Webb, and depending on the result, will face either Bowling Green or Florida Gulf Coast.
ITHACA — Despite sporadic spurts of frustrating inconsistency, Cornell again rode superior backcourt play to a victory on its home court. Guards Louis Dale and Collin Robinson combined for 33 points, and the Big Red improved to 4-0 at Newman Arena with a comfortable, although stagnant, 73-68 victory.
ITHACA — Despite sporadic spurts of frustrating inconsistency, Cornell again rode superior backcourt play to a victory on its home court.
Guards Louis Dale and Collin Robinson combined for 33 points, and the Big Red improved to 4-0 at Newman Arena with a comfortable, although stagnant, 73-68 victory.
Cornell (4-1) took control late in the first half with an 11-0 run and largely maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way. The closest Binghamton got in the second half was the final margin, which came only after a Richard Forbes layup at the buzzer.Still, eighth-year coach Steve Donahue wasn't pleased with his team's performance.
“I'm disappointed with our execution on the offensive end of games down the stretch,” Donahue said. “We haven't done a good job of that.”
The last 12 minutes, 38 seconds of Tuesday's second half were up-and-down, filled with turnovers and a dearth of quality possessions. The Bearcats (1-5) continually ping-ponged into a 54-39 deficit, never allowing Cornell to put the game away.
Rarely, if ever, has a Donahue-coached team been able to build and hold a sizable lead despite stretches of inconsistent play. But that's what happened.
“It does (feel good) a little bit, but at the same time that's going to hurt us against better teams,” said Robinson, who finished with 16 points. “If we come out like that against a Syracuse later, that will come back to bite us.”
Binghamton reeled off the game's first nine points, but Dale breathed life into his teammates with a steal and emphatic left-handed dunk in transition. From there, Cornell picked up the pace, ripping off 11 straight points to end the half — a stretch that did not result directly from the silky-smooth offensive execution the Red displayed in Sunday's thrilling win over Siena.
“We went to the 1-3-1 on that one stretch, and (Binghamton) just struggled for that stretch,” Donahue said. “And I thought we did a good job with that group we had out there. That was the best ball we played all night.”
Adam Gore hit five free throws, Robinson knocked down two and Dale — a 5-foot-11 pogo stick who scored 17 points — went hard and high to the rim for a soaring layup that helped turn a 32-30 lead into a comfortable 43-30 advantage at the break.
Aside from that 3:46 spurt, a short-handed and underclassmen-dependent Binghamton squad (1-5) essentially played Cornell even, despite the Big Red's 56.3 percent marksmanship from the field.
“The freshmen-sophomore group, if they keep stepping up like they did tonight ... we're going to get better,” first-year Bearcats coach Kevin Broadus said.
Freshman Devon McBride netted a game-high 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Classmate Brandon Herbert came off the bench to score 10 points, and sophomore forward Lazar Trifunovic chipped in 16 — though he scored only six points over the final 35 minutes. Junior Reggie Fuller had six blocks and five steals.
Ryan Wittman had 13 points and eight boards for Cornell, which hosts Colgate (4-3) Saturday night to close out a four-game homestand.
“We haven't been getting off to good starts,” Donahue said. “Teams come out, and again it's all a part of people talking about your program. They're excited to play you; they come out ready to play, and you don't answer the bell.”
Notes: Only three players scored for Binghamton in the first half. McBride had 13 points, Trifunovic 10 and Moussa Camara seven. The remaining Bearcats were 0-for-7 from the field. ... Cornell had 19 points off eight Binghamton first-half turnovers. ... Gore finished 6-of-7 from the free throw line. He missed a free throw with 4.1 seconds left, snapping his season-opening streak of 16 straight makes. ... The last time Cornell won four straight games at Newman to start the season was 1992-93 under Jan van Breda Kolff.
Through five games, including Tuesday night's 73-68 victory over
Date Opponent Final score 3-pt shooting (percent)
Nov. 10 Lehigh W, 87-83 10-17 (58.8 %)
Nov. 17 at
Nov. 20 Army W, 93-78 10-23 (43.5%)
Totals: 48-96 (50 %) 2006-07 season (through five games): 38-99 (38.4 %)
BINGHAMTON (1-5) Camara 5-13 0-0 12, Trifunovic 7-9 2-2 16, Fuller 2-2 0-0 4, Gordon 0-4 0-0 0, Forbes 2-9 2-2 6, McBride 8-11 1-3 20, Herbert 3-7 2-2 10, Henry 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson 0-1 0-0 0, Lukusa 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-56 7-9 68. CORNELL (4-1) Wittman 5-7 1-3 13, Hartford 2-3 0-0 4, Tyler 3-4 0-0 6, Dale 6-10 4-4 17, Gore 0-4 6-7 6, Robinson 6-11 3-3 16, Battle 0-2 0-0 0, Wilkins 2-2 0-0 4, Reeves 0-1 0-0 0, Kreefer 3-4 0-1 7. Totals 27-48 14-18 73. Halftime—Cornell 43-30. 3-Point Goals—Binghamton 7-24 (McBride 3-4, Herbert 2-4, Camara 2-10, Jackson 0-1, Forbes 0-2, Gordon 0-3), Cornell 5-9 (Wittman 2-2, Robinson 1-1, Kreefer 1-1, Dale 1-2, Gore 0-3). Fouled Out: Herbert. Rebounds: Binghamton 22 (McBride 5), Cornell 28 (Wittman 8). Assists—Binghamton 19 (Gordon 6), Cornell 12 (Dale, Kreefer 3). Total Fouls—Binghamton 20, Cornell 14. A—1,221.
3-7 2-2 10, Henry 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson 0-1 0-0 0, Lukusa 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-56 7-9 68.
CORNELL (4-1) Wittman 5-7 1-3 13, Hartford 2-3 0-0 4, Tyler 3-4 0-0 6, Dale 6-10 4-4 17, Gore 0-4 6-7 6, Robinson 6-11 3-3 16, Battle 0-2 0-0 0, Wilkins 2-2 0-0 4, Reeves 0-1 0-0 0, Kreefer 3-4 0-1 7. Totals 27-48 14-18 73.
Halftime—Cornell 43-30. 3-Point Goals—Binghamton 7-24 (McBride 3-4, Herbert 2-4, Camara 2-10, Jackson 0-1, Forbes 0-2, Gordon 0-3), Cornell 5-9 (Wittman 2-2, Robinson 1-1, Kreefer 1-1, Dale 1-2, Gore 0-3). Fouled Out: Herbert. Rebounds: Binghamton 22 (McBride 5), Cornell 28 (Wittman 8). Assists—Binghamton 19 (Gordon 6), Cornell 12 (Dale, Kreefer 3). Total Fouls—Binghamton 20, Cornell 14. A—1,221.
M. B-Ball Sneaks Past Binghamton
By Cory Bennett
The Cornell Daily Sun
November 28, 2007
All alone on a quick transition attack, Binghamton’s Lazar Trifunovic threw down an assertive two-handed dunk. Before the ball even hit the floor, the whistle cut through the cheers from the large visiting crowd. Cornell’s head coach, Steve Donahue, called a timeout. With his squad in a 7-0 hole only 87 seconds into the contest, he stomped out to meet his team trotting off the court.
“I just really got on them a bit,” Donahue said. “I asked them, ‘Why won’t we play our best right off the bat?’ We were just passive and accepting. We weren’t strong with the ball. We made careless plays. I always say, ‘Go out and make plays. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.’ We were afraid to make mistakes early on and that’s when mistakes happen.”
While the Bearcats would stretch their lead to 9-0 on another errant Red pass, Cornell (4-1) turned things around fairly quickly after that, pulling away late in the first half and playing even the rest of the way to earn a 73-68 victory over Binghamton (1-5).
The Red got good bench production from junior Brian Kreefer, who was three-of-four from the field and distributed well from the free throw line. But the squad was led by the backcourt trio of sophomores Louis Dale and Ryan Wittman and junior Collin Robinson. Dale had 17 points, Robinson 16 and Wittman 13. Wittman also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds, the third straight time he has led the squad in rebounding.
“You know, the first two games, I didn’t rebound too well,” Wittman said. “So it’s been what I’ve been concentrating on in practice and the last few games, just being more aggressive going after the ball.”
On defense against the Bearcats, however, the Red was too aggressive at times. Cornell switched between a variety of 2-3 and 1-3-1 zones throughout the game to clog the passing lanes and counter the baseline and backdoor cuts of Binghamton’s Princeton-style offense with four and five guards around the perimeter.
The Red was only effective in stretches, though.
“[The defense played] just OK,” Donahue said. “I thought we rotated well at times but other times they beat us in transition. We were just reaching too much, fouling too much. It just wasn’t one of our better games.”
The efficient stretches were what made the difference in the game for Cornell, though. Leading 32-30, Donahue called a timeout and switched from a 2-3 zone to a 1-3-1. The Bearcats, who had been getting open looks rotating the ball faster than the Red’s zone could shift, couldn’t find any seams in the final 3:46 of the half. They rotated the ball futilely and consistently held it too late in the shot clock, only getting three shots off in the final stretch before the break.
“That was the best ball we played all night was that stretch and that was the difference in the game,” Donahue said.
“I think the most effective thing was just switching up defenses so they didn’t know what was coming,” Wittman said. “They had to dribble the ball up the floor and then read our defense, then set up their offense. So I think that installed a little confusion and we got a lot of deflections out of it.”
Meanwhile, the Red’s offense reeled off 11 straight points to head into the locker room with a 43-30 lead.
That was the only stretch where Cornell’s offense really dominated, however. Binghamton’s guards were playing tight on Cornell’s guards, forcing them to pump fake and go to the hole. Unfortuately, the Red was bothered at times in the lane by the length of the Bearcats’ frontline, particularly Reggie Fuller, who had five steals and all six of his squad's blocks.
“Going into the lane we haven’t really seen that kind of length yet,” Robinson said. “I think that again is a part of decision making. Maybe we could have kicked the ball out instead of them getting a blocked shot. I think that will better itself later.”
“Some of the plays where we usually get to the rim I thought they bothered us more than usual,” Donahue said. “That was more deflecting passes and turnovers more than shots.”
Still, as the pace of the game slowed down, Cornell responded each time Binghamton brought the lead under double digits.
“We were able to come back and match their intensity not only on the defensive end, but on the offensive end as well,” Robinson said.
Until the last several minutes, that is. As has been the trend this season, the Red found a way to turn a long-lasting double-digit lead, into a win separated by only a few possessions.
“Part of that is we haven’t been in that situation a lot over the last couple of years,” Donahue said. “… I’m disappointed in the execution on the offensive end down the stretch of games. We haven’t done a good job of that. We’re going to get better at that.”
And while late turnovers, including a rare five-second violation on Robinson, accounted for the slimmer margin of victory, the Red was able to win with less than its best. Donahue made sure to emphasize that much of this was due to Binghamton’s effort.
“I thought they played well,” Donahue said. “They have some quickness, size and athleticism. And when they’re focused, they play hard and we got a good game from them. I give them credit. [Binghamton head coach Kevin Broadus] is doing a good job with those guys. They came in here ready to go.”
By Brian Moritz
Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin
November 28, 2007
ITHACA -- Kevin Broadus saw plenty of positives from Binghamton University on Tuesday night.
He saw three freshmen score in double figures. He saw junior college transfer Reggie Fuller become a force on the defensive end.
But one two-minute stretch, one pivotal Cornell run, ensured that all those positives came in yet another BU men's basketball loss.
Cornell extended the Bearcats' losing streak to four games with a 73-68 victory in front of 1,221 fans at Newman Arena.
At 1-5, the Bearcats are tied for the worst six-game start to a season in the program's Division I era. The 2005-06 team under Al Walker also began 1-5.
"It's tough, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel," Broadus said. "I know that if we keep working hard, the basketball gods will smile on us. I know one thing about this game -- there's a lot of basketball left (in the season). We were a few plays away today. A few plays away."
The Big Red (4-1), winner of three in a row, blew open the game with an 11-0 run over a two-minute span late in the first half. That turned a two-point, back-and-forth game into a 13-point halftime lead for Cornell.
Unlike their previous road losses, the Bearcats hung tough in the second half. But BU was never able to make a big run and got no closer than eight points until the final seconds.
"That's one positive is that we came back in the second half," said sophomore Lazar Trifunovic, who had 16 points and four rebounds. "In our previous games, we lost it in the second half. This time, we came back."
The story of the game for the Bearcats was the emergence of freshmen Devon McBride, Mousses Camara and Brandon Herbert as offensive threats. McBride scored a game-high 20 points, hitting eight of 11 shots from the field, including three 3-pointers, and grabbing a team-best five rebounds.
Camara scored seven of his 12 points in the first half, and Brandon Herbert added 10 points, all in the second half.
Then there was Fuller, a 6-foot-6 junior college transfer who had six blocks, five steals and gave the Bearcats an athletic presence on defense.
"Those are positives we can come away with from this game, even if it goes in the 'L' column," Broadus said. "We saw who wants to win and who wants to be part of this program."
Their production overcame lackluster offensive games from seniors Richard Forbes and Mike Gordon. Forbes scored six points and had five assists but was 2-for-9 from the field. Gordon, whom Broadus said was playing with back spasms, had six assist and two steals in 33 minutes but didn't score.
"I didn't want to play him, but he insisted on playing," Broadus said. "Thirty percent of Mike Gordon is better than 100 percent of most guys."
The Bearcats started the game strongly. Fuller blocked Alex Tyler's shot on the game's first possession to set the tone, and BU scored the game's first nine points. Trifunovic scored on four consecutive possessions, including a bucket off Forbes' assist to give the Bearcats a 9-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.
But Cornell quickly caught up, and the teams traded the lead. Cornell shot 66.7 percent from the field in the first half.
The Big Red led, 32-30, with 3:26 to go when it scored 11 consecutive points in a span of 2:22. Adam Gore had five of his 16 points in that stretch, and the Big Red took a 43-30 lead into halftime.
"Our defense (keyed the run)," Cornell coach Steve Donahue said. "We went to our 1-3-1 zone, and that worked well for us."
Louis Dale had 17 points for Cornell, and Ryan Wittman added 13.
"I know I'm going to sound like a broken record, but we've just got to keep getting better," Broadus said. "I told our guys, don't be bitter, be better."