Monday, December 31, 2007

Television Notes for Cornell-Duke

For those interested in watching on television the January 6 Cornell-Duke game, please note that the game will be available on several channels, including Fox Sports Net (FSN), Fox Sports New York (FSNY), Fox College Sports Atlantic (FCSA), as well as the New England Sports Network (NESN).

For Time Warner Cable subscribers in New York City, the game is available on channels 48 (Fox Sports New York) and 452 (Fox College Sports Atlantic). For those in the Ithaca area, the game should be available on Time Warner on Channel 69 (Fox Sports New York) and on channel 235 (Fox College Sports Atlantic).

Check with your local cable provider to determine whether the game will be televised in your area.

For those wishing to make the trip to Durham...



Cheer on Cornell Big Red Basketball as they take on the Blue Devils at Duke on January 6! Cornell has reserved an entire gymnasium for this event, just steps away from Cameron Indoor Arena, home of Blue Devils Basketball. Join us for an evening of food, fun and Cornell camaraderie while we cheer on the Big Red while viewing the game on a 9' by 12' movie screen and MAYBE WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO THE GAME!!!

The coach and team will join us after the game and Coach Donahue will say a few words.

When:

Sunday, January 6, 2008
4:00 PM - 9:30 PM

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Alumni News: Dean Kartsonas '88







During halftime of the Cornell-Quinnipiac game, Barry Leonard interviewed Dean Kartsonas, Cornell Class of '88. Kartsonans currently lives in Pittsburgh where he is a Vice President and Manager with Federated Investments. Kartsonas started 14 games during Cornell's Ivy League championship season of '87-'88. He averaged 4.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per game that season.

For more Cornell Basketball Alumni News, click here.

Next Game: Cornell at Quinnipiac (12.31.07)

Get all the information you need about the December 31, 2007 Cornell at Quinnipiac game by checking out The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. Cornell enters the game 5-4, coming off a 66-50 win over Stony Brook on December 29.

Alumni News: Ka'ron Barnes Update

Ka'ron Barnes, Cornell class of 2003, is in attendance at the Quinnipiac game. As The Cornell Basketball Blog previously reported, Barnes is currently employed as an intern at ESPN as a "production assistant." Barnes is doing some play-by-play analysis with Barry Leonard, the voice of Big Red basketball on Cornell's RedCast.

For more Cornell Basketball Alumni News, click here.

Frustration in Philly











Philadelphia Daily News writer, Dick Jerardi references in his column, Penn's humiliating 60-30 loss to new Division I member, Florida Gulf Coast. Beyond the embarrassing statistics, Jerardi does not mention that Florida Gulf Coast lost two weeks ago to Army, a West Point team that Cornell crushed, 93-78. Jerardi writes:

Wrong kind of record

Penn scored 97 points in its win over Florida Gulf Coast last season. The Quakers shot 63.2 percent at the Palestra and scored 58 points in the second half. Times and players have changed.

At Fort Myers on Saturday, the Quakers had six points at halftime against Gulf Coast and lost, 60-30. That is "six" points, the lowest first-half total of the shot-clock era. The good news is that Penn (4-8) scored more points than Princeton in its now-legendary, 41-21 loss to Monmouth 2 years ago; the bad news is everything else.

The Quakers did not score for the game's opening 13 minutes, 15 seconds. They shot 1-for-17 (5.9 percent) in the first half when they had six more turnovers (23) than shot attempts. They trailed at the break, 30-6.

For the game, they had 34 turnovers and four assists. They shot 8-for-42 (19 percent) and 11-for-22 from the line.

Penn was down 60-18 with 4 minutes left, then got hot.

Florida Gulf Coast (4-9) had lost to Drexel, 77-58, on Nov. 14 so it is not likely it will be going to the NCAA Tournament. Penn travels across Florida, where it will play Miami on Wednesday. The Hurricanes lost their first game of the season on Saturday. Uh, oh.

They Said It! Quote to Remember.


No respect for Cornell. Apparently Peter Iorizzo and the Albany Times Union consider Siena's loss to Cornell in Ithaca on November 25 as a "flop" by Siena and that game was nothing more than a "trap game" for the Saints. In discussing today's Siena vs. Dartmouth game, the Times Union writes in reference to Siena's loss to Cornell:
Between a win over Stanford and a rivalry game against the University at Albany, Siena flopped in a road game at Cornell, another Ivy League school.

A Date in Cornell Basketball History: Cornell's Road Victory Over Illinois on December 23, 1961


After Illinois lost 60-58 at home in Assemby Hall on December 30, 2007 to Tennessee State, the Peoria Journal called the loss possibly the worst in Illinois basketball history since the Illini lost at home to Cornell, 72-60 on December 23, 1961 (although that Big Red team finished the season 18-7). The Peoria Journal writes:

You have to look decades into the past to find an Illinois basketball team that suffered such a humbling defeat in the hallowed Hall that has been so inhospitable to nonconference guests...

Was it Illinois-Chicago in 1990? Jacksonville in '74? Cornell in '61? Great Lakes in '44? Wabash in '32? DePauw in '29 or the historic loss to Millikin in 1920?


For The Cornell Basketball Blog's prior stories on Dates in Cornell Basketball History, click here.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

News and Notes: Around the Ivy

Cornell Big Red's Results Through December 30, 2007


Sat, Nov 10 Lehigh W 87-83





Sat, Nov 17 at Ohio L 89-102





Tue, Nov 20 Army W 93-78





Sun, Nov 25 Siena W 83-77





Tue, Nov 27 Binghamton W 73-68





Sat, Dec 1 Colgate L 73-76





Wed, Dec 19 at Bucknell L 75-88





Sat, Dec 22
Sat, Dec 29
at Syracuse
at Stony Brook
L 64-80
W 66-50









  • Cornell's RPI is No. 146 (out of 341 Division I teams) according to KenPom.com and No. 192 according to Jeff Sagarin's Ratings in USA Today.
  • Six of Cornell's nine opponents are sporting winning records. Cornell's opponents with winning records include: Lehigh (6-5), Ohio U. (8-4), Army (6-5), Siena (6-4), Colgate (7-5), and Syracuse (10-3). Meanwhile, Bucknell is 5-7, Binghamton is 4-8, and Stony Brook is 3-9.
  • Siena, a team Cornell defeated W 83-77, is currently ranked No. 45 in the RPI according to KenPom.com. Also in the Top 50, Ohio is No. 40 and Syracuse is No. 11.
Ivy League Standings

CONF. OVERALL
Brown 0 0 6
5
Columbia 0 0 5
7
Cornell
0 0 5
4
Dartmouth 0 0 5
6
Harvard 0 0 4
11
Penn
0
0
4
8
Princeton
0 0 2
10
Yale
0 0 3
7

RECENT IVY LEAGUE RESULTS (Home team listed second)

Saturday, December 29
Cornell 66, Stony Brook 50
Polytechnic 63, Columbia 109
Penn 30, Florida Gulf Coast 60
Brown 54, Notre Dame 87
Yale 53, Kansas 86

Sunday, December 30
UC Irvine 80, Harvard 77 (OT)
Princeton 50, Monmouth 59

UPCOMING IVY LEAGUE GAMES

Monday, December 31
Cornell at Quinnipiac, 12:00pm MSG
Dartmouth at Siena, 2:00pm

The Official Ivy League Standings, Results and Upcoming Schedule can be viewed by clicking here.

Recruiting News: Cornell Recruits Wroblewski and Hill Play Well in Tournaments


Cornell recruit, 6'1" Chris Wroblewski (pictured above) scored 23 points as his Highland Park (IL) team defeated Buffalo Grove, 58-50 in the Third Place game of the Elgin Holiday Tournament. Highland Park moves to 12-1 on the season. In previewing the tournament, ESPN local radio called Wroblewski, "the best guard no one knows about." Sounds like the same descriptions used once upon a time for Adam Gore.

Cornell's other recruit for 2008-2009, Alex Hill, a 6'4" guard for Eastern Commerce Collegiate in Toronto, Canada, scored 20 points, on a 6/8 performance beyond the arc, as his Eastern Commerce Saints fell to Nansemond River (VA), 71-66 in the prestigious Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The tournament features several of the top teams in the United States. Eastern Commerce is 1-2 in the tournament and 15-3 overall on the season. Nansemond features two players that have signed with Division I teams, including 6'2 Andre Jones (Winthrop signee) and 6'8"Nick Wright (Old Dominion signee).

For a list of Cornell and Ivy League Recruiting Targets and Commitments click here.

For our archived stories on Cornell and Ivy League Recruiting News just click here.


Cornell at Quinnipiac (December 31, 2007) Game Preview Center

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STONY BROOK — Finally, the Cornell men's basketball team produced a defensive effort to make coach Steve Donahue happy.

Snapping a three-game skid, Ryan Wittman scored 23 points and the Big Red held Stony Brook to just 32 percent shooting in a 66-50 victory Saturday afternoon.

It was Cornell's first road win of the season in four tries.

“I thought we did a good job on team defense,” Donahue said. “And a really good job in transition, keeping people in front of us, challenging shots.

“I think it's something now that we realize, if we want to win basketball games, we need to get after it on the defensive end.”

The Big Red entered the game surrendering points at an alarming rate, as opponents had averaged over 81 points per outing on 48 percent shooting.

But the Seawolves (3-9) struggled mightily, missing 17 of their first 26 shots and finishing a measly 3-of-16 from beyond the 3-point arc. Michael Tyree led the hosts off the bench with 17 points. Cornell defended Stony Brook's top two scorers well, holding Ricky Lucas and Mitchell Beauford to a combined 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting.

Wittman drained five 3's on his way to 23 points, adding five assists and four rebounds to the equation. Junior Adam Gore (12 points) and sophomores Alex Tyler (11) and Louis Dale (10) also reached double figures.

Collin Robinson, although held below his scoring average, dished out a team-high seven assists.

Cornell appeared poised to blow the game open in the first half with an 11-0 run, capped by a Wittman 3 to make it 23-10 with 7:07 left. But the Seawolves countered, hitting the offensive glass with abandon to cut into the deficit.

A layup by Nick Carter with 3 seconds left in the half made it 25-22.

Stony Brook then scored the first four points of the second half before Cornell answered with a 10-0 run to take control. Cornell shot 59 percent in the second half to put the Wolves away.

The win left Cornell at 5-4 heading into today's noon game at Quinnipiac (5-6). The game will be televised on MSG and broadcast locally on WPIE-AM (1160). Cornell closes out a five-game road trip on Sunday evening at Duke.

The Bobcats, coached by former Connecticut assistant Tom Moore, are coming off an 80-72 loss to Vermont last week. Senior DeMario Anderson, a 6-foot-4 transfer from Central Connecticut State, led the Bobcats with 25 points and is averaging 19.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

Moore utilizes a deep bench, as nine players average 15 or more minutes per game.




Game Notes vs. Quinnipiac (PDF)


GAME INFORMATION (www.CornellBigRed.com)
Game #10:
Cornell vs. Quinnipiac
Tip off: Monday, Dec. 31, at 12:00 p.m.
Site: TD Banknorth Sports Center (3,570), Hamden, Conn.
2007-08 Records: Cornell (5-4); Quinnipiac (5-6)
Series Record: Quinnipiac leads 2-0
Last Meeting: Quinnipiac won 55-45, Dec. 2, 2005 in Ithaca, N.Y.
Radio: 1160 ESPN Radio, WPIE (Barry Leonard, Matt Grassie)
TV: Madison Square Garden Network
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 (79-121, .395) ... Donahue became the fourth Robert E. Gallagher ‘44 Coach of Men’s Basketball at Cornell on Sept. 6, 2000.

ITHACA, N.Y. — After playing one of its most complete games of the season to pick up its first road win, the Cornell men’s basketball team closes out the 2007 portion of its schedule at Quinnipiac on Monday, Dec. 31 at 12 p.m. The game will be televised by the Madison Square Garden Network, while Barry Leonard will also provide the radio call on 1160 ESPN Radio. You can also listen on the internet as part of the RedCast subscription service at CornellBigRed.com.

Cornell’s much-maligned defense was stifling against the Seawolves, allowing the home team to shoot just 32 percent from the floor and 19 percent from 3-point range, while forcing 18 turnovers and limiting SBU to just 50 points. During one span of 9:57 in the first half, the Big Red went on a 19-2 run that including nine Stony Brook turnovers and a 0-for-6 stretch from the floor over a span of 15 possessions.

The Big Red got a big game from team leading scorer Ryan Wittman. The son of Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Randy Wittman made 5-of-10 3-pointers and ended the evening with 23 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals in the 66-50 win.

Sophomore Louis Dale enters the Quinnipiac contest second on the team in scoring (14.3 ppg.) and first in rebounding (4.7 rpg.) and assists (5.6 apg.), while Wittman (15.2 ppg., 4.7 rpg.) and junior Collin Robinson (12.8 ppg., 5.4 apg.) are also in double figures. The balance doesn’t end there, as five other players are averaging at least 5.3 ppg.

Cornell and Quinnipiac will be meeting for the third time in program history, with the Bobcats winning both previous meetings.

ABOUT QUINNIPIAC: Quinnipiac is off to a 5-6 start to the season and will be playing its final tuneup before beginning NEC play when it meets the Big Red. The Bobcats have wins over Hartford, Lehigh, Army and Dartmouth, as well as a loss to Brown. The squad most recently dropped an 80-72 contest at Vermont on Dec. 22. DeMario Anderson, a transfer from Central Connecticut State, leads Quinnipiac and the Northeast Conference in scoring at 19.8 ppg., while Evann Baker is the only other player in double figures at 11.0 ppg. Anderson also averaeges a team-best 6.2 rebounds, while Casey Cosgrove is dishing off 3.7 assists per game to pace the squad. As a team, the Bobcats are scoring 74.0 points per game and shooting 45 percent from the floor with a nearly five rebound per game edge on the glass. More than half of Quinnipiac’s roster hails from New York, as seven of the team’s 13 players call the Empire State home. Former UConn assistant coach Tom Moore is in his first season on the Bobcats’ sideline and has a 81-65 record in six total seasons as a collegiate head coach.

CORNELL VS. THE NORTHEAST CONFERENCE: The Big Red holds a 7-10 all-time record against current members of the Northeast Conference including an 0-2 mark against Quinnipiac. The Big Red has faced Long Island (0-2), Robert Morris (2-0), Sacred Heart (1-1), St. Francis (N.Y.) (0-2), Saint Francis (Pa.) (3-3) and Wagner (1-0), while never meeting Central Connecticut, Fairleigh Dickinson, Monmouth or Mount St. Mary’s. This is the only scheduled game against an NEC opponent this season.

A WIN OVER QUINNIPIAC WOULD ...
• make Cornell 6-4 overall.
• be the first for Cornell over the Bobcats after opening the series with two losses.
• make the Big Red 1-1 in televised contests this season.
• give Cornell its first road win after opening the year 0-3 away from home.
• be the 1,108th in school history.

200 AND COUNTING: Cornell head coach Steve Donahue was on the sidelines for his 200th career game when the Big Red defeated Stony Brook 66-50 on Dec. 29 and became the fourth Big Red head coach to reach that mark. Here is how Donahue ranks among all-time Big Red coaches in terms of games coached and wins.

Games Coached                 Wins
316 Howard Ortner (1919-36) 168 Royner Greene (1946-59)
313 Royner Greene (1946-59) 159 Howard Ortner (1919-36)
218 Sam MacNeil (1959-68) 139 Sam MacNeil (1959-68)
200 Steve Donahue (2000-pr.) 79 Steve Donahue (2000-pr.)

DEFENSE! DEFENSE!: The Big Red has been efficient on offense all season long, but Cornell pulled out the defensive stops in Saturday’s 66-50 victory at Stony Brook. The visitors limited the Seawolves to a season-low 32 percent effort from the floor overall and 19 percent (3-of-16) from 3-point range. The 50 points allowed was also a season-best (previous low, 68 vs. Binghamton), while the 18 forced turnovers ranks third.

THREE ISN’T CORNELL OPPONENTS’ FAVORITE NUMBER: In the last two games, Cornell has limited its opponents to 6-of-28 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc (21 percent) while hitting 20-of-52 (38 percent) itself. For the season, Cornell has limited foes to 36 percent shooting from the arc.

ASSISTING THE OFFENSE: Cornell assisted on an impressive percentage of its baskets against Stony Brook, as 83 percent (19-of-23) of the team’s baskets were set up by a teammate. The Big Red assisted on 12 of its 13 baskets after halftime and had three players notch at least four assists, with junior Collin Robinson leading the way with seven. So far this year, Cornell has recorded assists on 62 percent of its baskets. Sophomore Louis Dale (5.6 apg.) and Robinson (5.4 apg.) rank 1-2 in the Ivy League in assists, while Cornell ranks No. 1 as a team with 17.0 apg.

TREY BIEN: The Big Red has hit at least one 3-pointer in 514 straight games entering the Quinnipiac 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 565 of 569 games, connecting on 3,236 treys, an average of 5.69 per game. The Big Red has hit a 3-pointer in all 200 games coached by Steve Donahue.

TREY BIEN, MERCI: The Big Red 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. The Big Red has reached double figures in 3-point field goals in seven of nine games this year, including in each of the last two contests.

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 76 percent of its shots from the free-throw line.

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 nine games, Dale is averaging 5.6 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. Dale is averaging 14.3 points and 4.7 rebounds on 48 percent shooting overall and 47 percent from 3-point range. Dale is also making 92 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 15.2 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 45 percent from the floor and 51 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 37 of his college contests entering the Quinnipiac game and became the 12th player in school history to surpass 100 career 3-pointers with his second make at Ohio. Wittman had 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds in a win over preseason MAAC favorite Siena and a 13-point, eight-rebound effort vs. Binghamton. His 17 points came on 5-of-7 3-point shooting against Colgate. Wittman is coming off a spectacular 23-point, five-assist, four-rebound, two-steal effort at Stony Brook.

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, 5.4 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals in nine games as a reserve this season. Robinson had a 16-point, six-assist, four-rebound game in a win over Army and notched a career-high 21 points at Bucknell. 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 28.1 minutes per game, second on the team.

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 9.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 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. Gore has scored 12 points in each of his last two games, making seven 3-pointers over that span.

FOOTE MAKES IMPRINT: Junior center Jeff Foote had never played a collegiate game before Wednesday night, but the 7-0 transfer from St. Bonaventure showed he has plenty of promise. Foote became the first Cornell men’s basketball player to open his career with a double-double, posting 10 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in 21 minutes off the bench against Bucknell. Foote also added two steals and an assist in the loss. Foote’s four blocked shots is the second-highest total by a Big Red player making his collegiate debut, trailing only Chris Vandenberg’s seven at Canisius to open the 2001-02 campaign. Through three games, Foote is averaging 5.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.

BIG MAN IN THE POST: Sophomore Alex Tyler has been the Big Red’s physical presence in the post this season, averaging 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds. Tyler had 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 matched his career-high of seven rebounds in a game three times, and established a career scoring high with 16 points (8-of-11 shooting) vs. Colgate. He had 11 points and seven rebounds in Saturday’s win at Stony Brook.

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 7.0 ppg., 2.4 rpg. and 2.1 apg., while shooting 69 percent from the floor (24-of-35).

HARTFORD HEALTHY AND MAKING AN IMPACT: Senior Jason Hartford is averaging 6.6 points and 3.5 rebounds while making 6-of-13 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.

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 2.7 points and 1.9 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2007-08 CAPTAINS: The Big Red men’s basketball team will be led by a pair of junior captains. Jason Battle and Adam Gore will represent Cornell as 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.

ASSORTED NOTES:
• 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 5-4 start this year against non-league foes.

NEXT UP: Cornell will get yet another week off before visiting nationally ranked Duke at famed Cameron Indoor Arena on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 5:30 p.m. to kick off the 2008 portion of the schedule. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Net.





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December 29, 2007


Let's Get To The Point

Quinnipiac faces its final non-conference test of the regular season, Monday afternoon against Cornell, at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. The Bobcats are coming off an 80-72 setback, Dec. 22 at Vermont. DeMario Anderson scored a game-high 25 points while Casey Cosgrove and Justin Rutty each scored 10 points. Karl Anderson contributed eight points and eight rebounds, while Louis Brookins added seven points and a career-high nine boards. Cornell won at Stony Brook, 66-50, Saturday. The Big Red had lost all three of their prior road games in 2007-08.

On The Air
All of this season’s men’s basketball games will be featured on the Bobcats Radio Network, which consists of AM 1220 WQUN (Hamden/Flagship), AM 1420 WLIS (Old Saybrook) and AM 1150 WMRD (Middletown). Monday’s play-by-play will be provided by Randy Brochu with color commentary from Bill Romano.

Scouting The Big Red
Cornell enters Monday’s match-up at 5-4 following a Dec. 29 road victory at Stony Brook. The Big Red gone 4-1 in home games, as opposed to 1-3 on the road. Sophomore wing Ryan Wittman (15.3 ppg.) leads a trio of Big Red scorers averaging more than 12.8 points per game. Sophomore guard Louis Dale (14.3 ppg.) and junior guard Collin Robinson (12.8 ppg.) are second and third on the team, respectively. Five other Cornell players are also averaging between 5.3 and 9.1 ppg. Junior center Jeff Foote is the Big Red’s leading rebounder at 6.7 boards per contest. Dale and Robinson have also shown the ability to distribute the basketball, as well, averaging 5.6 and 5.4 assists per game, respectively.

All-Time Against Cornell
Quinnipiac and Cornell have played just twice, with the Bobcats taking both contests. Quinnipiac defeated the Big Red, 55-45, in a defensive battle in Ithaca, N.Y. on Dec. 2, 2005. Adam Gonzalez made a home for himself at the free throw line, scoring 11 of his game-high 18 points at the line. He also dished out five assists. In the other Bobcat victory, an 83-76 triumph, Dec. 1, 2004, in Hamden, Rob Monroe scored a game-high 32 points and Craig Benson added 24.

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A Date in Cornell Basketball History

In RockChalkTalk.com's preview of yesterday's Kansas vs. Yale game, the site incorrectly stated, "the last time neither Penn or Princeton, the 'Killer P's' as it were, won the Ivy League (and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament) was the 1988-89 season. Or, in other words, the year after we [Kansas] won the National Championship."

This statement is incorrect. The Cornell Big Red won the Ivy League title in 1988, the year Kansas won the NCAA Championship. Only Penn or Princeton, among the Ivies, have appeared in the NCAA tournament since 1988.

For our prior stories on Dates in Cornell Basketball History, click here.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Providence Media Still Likes Cornell


Here is a quote referencing Cornell from the December 30, 2007 edition of the Providence (Rhode Island) Journal:

One recent NCAA tourney bracket projection (which, admittedly, is a waste of brain cells at this date) had Brown, Providence and Rhode Island all in the field of 64. Now that would lock up a happy New Year!

But is this based at all on reality? Here’s the optimistic view. Brown owns the highest RPI of any Ivy team and has already proven it can win on the road. With two proven scorers (Mark McAndrew and Damon Huffman) leading the way, Craig Robinson’s team could easily be a factor until the last weekend or two in a wide-open Ivy race. Cornell is still the pick here with Brown and Penn supplying the stiffest chase...

Notes and Observations from Stony Brook

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In the video clip above, Cornell's Collin Robinson penetrates the lane during the second half and dishes one of his seven assists to Ryan Witttman on a beautiful three-pointer from the corner.

The Cornell Basketball Blog's notes and observations from the Big Red's 66-50 win over Stony Brook today.

  • Because Stony Brook's bruising 6'9" center, Emanuel Neto spent most of the game on the bench due to foul trouble, Cornell countered and opted to play most of the game with a smaller quicker line-up, utilizing both Brian Kreefer and Alex Tyler at center. For a brief stretch in the first half, Cornell did play 6'9" Jason Hartford and 7'0" Jeff Foote together. Foote and Hartford, however, only played a combined 15 minutes.
  • Salute to Alex Tyler. The 6'7" sophomore played a solid floor game, knocking down 4/8 from the floor (mostly in the lane), 3/4 at the line, netting 11 points along with 7 boards in 24 minutes. Tyler also committed just 1 foul and was charged with just 2 turnovers-- a pair of areas in which he struggled mightily much earlier during the season.
  • Give credit to Ryan Wittman. He was a huge reason why Cornell won the game against Stony Brook. And we are not talking about his 23 points, 5 assists, or 4 rebounds. We are talking about his defense. For much of the game, Cornell played man-to-man defense with Wittman shutting down and smothering Stony Brook's high-scoring Ricky Lucas (former George Washington transfer). Lucas, a virtual non-factor in the game because of Wittman's defensive effort, was held to 1/7 shooting.
  • Adam Gore's deep shot is coming back. He was a refreshing 3/8 from beyond the arc, but was actually fouled on one of the misses and converted all three free throws.
  • Louis Dale and Collin Robinson combined for zero free throw attempts. Cornell's point guards must do a better job getting into the lanes and drawing fouls, especially against low and mid-major opponents like Stony Brook.
  • At the 18:26 mark of the second half, Stony Brook's Eddie Castellanos had a breakaway layup with nobody around to defend Cornell's goal. Enter Louis Dale. The 5'11" point guard from Alabama chased down Castellanos and stuffed the shot. The block was clean and brought a roar from the crowd. The play was worthy of a Sports Center Top 10 Plays of the Day.
  • In a very intriguing move with the rotation, Coach Steve Donahue inserted 6'6" freshman Adam Wire into the game with just under 7 minutes remaining in the first half. Prior to today's game, Wire only played one minute all season.
  • Announced attendance was 1,148. We would conservatively estimate that half the crowd was made up of Cornell supporters. Lots of Cornell sweatshirts and hats in the stands throughout the arena.
  • Just as with the games at Bucknell and at Syracuse, Cornell travelled with all sixteen active players on the roster. Only injured Khaliq Gant did not make the last three road trips.

Not Artwork, But Cornell Pulls Out 66-50 Win at Stony Brook




Box Score vs. Stony Brook (PDF)

STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Cornell found its shooting touch after halftime and used its best defensive effort of the season to pull away from Stony Brook for a 66-50 victory on Saturday afternoon at the Stony Brook Arena. Cornell hit on 59 percent of its shots in the final 20 minutes and limited the Seawolves to 32 percent shooting for the game in snapping a three-game skid and improving to 5-4. SBU fell to 3-9 with the loss.

Sophomore Ryan Wittman had a game-high 23 points to go along with five assists, four rebounds and two steals to lead Cornell offensively, while Adam Gore (12), Alex Tyler (11) and Louis Dale (10) were also in double figures for Cornell. Wittman, Gore and Dale combined to hit all 10 of the Big Red's 3-pointers in the win. Tyler chipped in a team-best seven rebounds and Collin Robinson had a game-high seven assists off the bench. Dale's stat line was also spectacular, adding four rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in the victory. Cornell hit on 59 percent of its shots after halftime, including 7-of-12 shots from beyond the arc (58 percent).

Stony Brook was led byh 17 points from Michael Tyree and 10 off the bench from Nick Carter. The Cornell defense limited the Seawolves to 39 percent shooting i nthe second half and 32 percent for the game, a season-low by a Cornell opponent. Demetrius Young had six points and 11 rebounds as SBU held a decisive 41-28 edge on the glass, including a 20-8 mark on the offensive end.

Cornell came out of the gates cold, misfiring on its first four attempts from 3-point range as Stony Brook jumped out to a quick 6-4 lead behind four points in the paint from Demetrious Young. The shots finally started falling as Cornell regained the lead at 9-8 after a 3-pointer by Gore and a nice look underneath for a layup by Hartford on an in-bounds set. Cornell built the run to 14-2 after consecutive buckets inside by Wittman, Andre Wilkins and Brian Kreefer in succession made it 18-10 with eight minutes to play before halftime. Cornell's defense was outstanding during the stretch, xxxxx. Tyler hit a turnaround jumper in the lane and then Robinson found Wittman for a 3-pointer on the break to push the edge to 23-10 and extend the run to 19-2.

The Seawolves finally ended the run on a little floater in the lane by Tyree, but Cornell used another hustlke play, this time a strong offensive board and two free throws by Tyler to push the lead back to 13. Stony Brook went on a closing run, coupling a string of points from Tyree with cold shooting to get back within 25-22 at the break. Wittman led seven Cornellians in the scorebook with eight points, but hit on just 3-of-9 shots from the field. Alex Tyler added six points. Stony Brook made its mark on the boards, holding a 21-14 edge on the backboards.

Wittman caught fire after the break, hitting on 4-of-5 shots and scoring 15 points in the second half, but it was the defense that made the noise. Stony Brook took the lead with four straight points to open the second half, but the Big Red scored seven quick points to go back up 32-26. A running jumper in the lane by Robinson, followed by the junior finding Alex Tyler on the break for a layup caused a Stony Brook timeout. The run was spearheaded by a big blocked shot on the break by Dale, energizing the Cornell bench.

After Stony Brook clawed its way back to within two points (38-36), the Big Red made four 3-pointers, including two by Gore in a span of a minute and a half, to force another Seawolves timeout. The resulting 19-4 run sealed Cornell's first road win of the season and gave head coach Steve Donahue a victory in his 200th game on the sidelines for the Big Red.

Cornell will be back in action when it faces Quinnipiac in a game that will be televised by the Madison Square Garden Network on Monday, Dec. 31 at 12 p.m. The Big Red will be looking for its first win over the Bobcats after two losses to open the series between the teams.


By Laura Albanese
New York Newsday
December 30, 2007

The story so far for the Stony Brook men's basketball team has been one of almost putting together a run but not quite gathering the momentum necessary to succeed. Yesterday, it was much the same for the Seawolves, who came close at times but couldn't stop Cornell in a 66-50 loss at Stony Brook Arena.

Stony Brook (3-9) began the season 0-6 but had won three of five, and with the return of tri-captain Emanuel Neto, who was in Angola for two weeks after his mother's death, things were looking up.

But that was not the case for coach Steve Pikiell's squad, which fell behind by 13 points in the first half, went ahead by one early in the second half and moved within four with 9:05 remaining before Cornell pulled away.

Matters weren't helped much by captains Ricky Lucas, Mitchell Beauford and Neto, who scored 10 points and shot 4-for-17. Lucas had been averaging 14.4 points and Beauford had been at 10.8.

"The captains are the engine of the team," Neto said. "If we're not going, the other team will go."

Neto, who attempted only one shot and had four rebounds, three fouls and four turnovers in 23 minutes, conceded that it was difficult to get his head back in the game after his hiatus. He returned from Africa on Monday after his mother died from kidney failure.

"Most of it is just mental," he said. "I haven't done anything [on the court] in 2 1/2 weeks."

Michael Tyree had 17 points and Nick Carer 10 for the Seawolves, who had 18 turnovers and only four assists and scored only 10 points in the final nine minutes. Demetrius Young added 11 rebounds.

"Our offense let us down," Pikiell said. "We didn't give ourselves a chance."

Ryan Wittman had 23 points, Adam Gore 12, Alex Tyler 11 and Louis Dale 10 for Cornell (5-4). Collin Robinson made seven assists. Wittman was 5-for-10 from three-point range.

Eddie Castellanos' layup brought Stony Brook within 44-40 with 9:05 remaining, but Gore hit a pair of three-pointers to give Cornell a 52-40 lead with 6:47 left. The Seawolves never reduced their deficit to single digits after that.

If there was a positive, Neto said, it was in the timing. It gave Stony Brook a chance to get the kinks out before its first America East Conference game, a home game against UMBC on Thursday.

"It feels good to be back but it's going to take a while to get my body ready," Neto said. "I'll be ready."

Box Score

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Junior Michael Tyree scored a team-high 17 points but Cornell shot 59.1 percent in the second half including seven of 12 from three-point range on its way to a 66-50 victory over the Stony Brook University men's basketball game on Saturday afternoon at Stony Brook Arena. The Seawolves fall to 3-9 with the loss while Cornell improves to 5-4.

"We played well for stretches today but offensively we have to execute better as we head into conference play [beginning Thursday against UMBC]," Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell said.

The Seawolves took the lead at 26-25 with 18:46 remaining on a lay-up from junior Demetrius Young (Sacramento, Calif.) that capped a 16-2 run bridging the end of the first half and the beginning of the second. But a Ryan Wittman three kick started a 10-0 Cornell run that gave the Big Red a 35-26 with 14:57 to go. Wittman finished with a game-high 23 points as he hit five of 10 from long distance.

Stony Brook battled back though with a 10-3 spurt that sliced the Cornell lead to two at 38-36 with 12:23 left in the game. The teams then traded hoops over the next few minutes but with the score 44-40 the Big Red ran off eight straight points capped by a Adam Gore three-pointer and the Seawolves got no closer than 12 the rest of the way.

After scoring over 70 points in its last two contests the Seawolves struggled from the field on Saturday, shooting 31.5 percent. Senior Ricky Lucas (Herndon, Va.), the Seawolves leading scorer, scored just three points on one for seven shooting. Junior Demetrius Young (Sacramento, Calif.) pulled down 11 rebounds for the Seawolves who won the battle of the boards 41-28.

Cornell came out of the gates cold, misfiring on its first four attempts from 3-point range as Stony Brook jumped out to a quick 6-4 lead behind

four points in the paint from Young. Cornell regained the lead at 9-8 after a 3-pointer by Gore and a layup by Jason Hartford on an in-bounds set.

The Big Red built the run to 14-2 after consecutive buckets inside by Wittman, Andre Wilkins and Brian Kreefer in succession made it 18-10 with eight minutes to play before halftime. Tyler hit a turnaround jumper in the lane and then Robinson found Wittman for a 3-pointer on the break to push the edge to 23-10 and extend the run to 19-2. A Tyree hoop ended the Cornell run and started the Seawolves 16-2 spurt.

The Seawolves open conference play on Thursday night, hosting UMBC at 7 p.m.

Cornell at Stony Brook (December 29, 2007) Game Preview Center


Get all the information you need about Cornell's upcoming December 29, 2007 game at Stony Brook with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center by clicking here.


NOTE: Stony Brook is offering online video (potentially no audio) coverage of today's game. The game is starting at 2 pm. A monthly subscription is required to Stony Brook/CSTV All Access to view the game. However, the monthly membership may be cancelled immediately following the game in order to avoid additional monthly charges to your credit card.

For questions regarding billing or technical assistance, contact CSTV Toll-Free Customer Support Hotline:

1-888-870-CSTV

Cornell's online service, Redcast does not provide video coverage for away basketball games. Today's game in Stony Brook will have Redcast coverage for audio-only.


Alumni News: Jeff Aubry ('99)


LatinBasket.com is reporting that international professional basketball "journeyman" and Cornell alum, Jeff Aubry, Cornell '99, has caught on with the Argentine basketball club, Atletico Independiente Neuquen and is currently ranked 3rd in the Argentine Basketball League ("Liga A") in blocked shots, averaging 1.5 per game.

For more Cornell Basketball Alumni News, click here.


Alumni News: Ryan Rourke ('06) in Portuguese All-Star Game











As The Cornell Basketball Blog previously updated, Ryan Rourke (Cornell '06) is playing in the Portuguese Basketball League ("Liga Clubes de Basquetebol" or "LCB") with Lusitania. He is currently averaging approximately 16 points and 6 rebounds per game, which places him third in the League in scoring. Rourke was recently selected to the League's midseason All-Star game, held on December 22, 2007 in Macao, Portugal.

For more Cornell Basketball Alumni News, click here.

Recruiting News: Cornell-Recruit Wroblewski and Highland Park Lose First Game of the Season


Cornell recruiting commitment, Chris Wroblewski, a 6'1" point guard, scored 16 points, but his Highland Park High School (Illinois) Giants (11-1) fell 65-54 to Wheaton North (11-1) in the semifinals of the Elgin Holiday Tournament.


Friday, December 28, 2007

Recruiting News: Alex Hill at the Beach Ball Classic


Not able to make it to the Cornell-Stony Brook game on Saturday? As an alternative, Cornell fans can watch Cornell basketball recruit, Alex Hill and his Eastern Commerce Saints live on the internet in South Carolina in The Beach Ball Classic. Eastern Commerce is in action at 3:30 pm (EST) on Saturday.