Monday, August 30, 2010

The Difficult '01-'02 Season

During 2001-2002, Steve Donahue's second season as head coach of Cornell, the Big Red struggled to a 5-22 overall record and 2-12, 8th place finish in the Ivy League.

During the difficult '01-'02 campaign, Cornell was led by senior Wallace Prather ('02) (11.4 points, 3.4 rebounds per game) and sophomore Ka'ron Barnes ('04) (8.6 points, 3.1 rebounds per game). Struggling offensively, Cornell's scoring differential vs. opponents was -8.9 points with the team shooting just 38% from the floor on the season. Cornell lost 7 of its 14 Ivy League games by double figures.

The freshmen, however, on the '01-'02 team would become the seniors on Steve Donahue's first team with a winning record in league play, the 2004-2005 team (Donahue's 5th year in Ithaca). These "foundation pieces" for the future were Cody Toppert ('05), Eric Taylor ('05) and Chris Vandenberg ('05).

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

they really need to go back to those jerseys.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Prefer the more conservative gear rather than the flash. Go it old school like Joe Paterno and Bobby Knight.

Anonymous said...

In yet another sign of things to come, the 01-02 team not only held the opposition to under 43% shooting from the field, but also got their share of steals and OBoards.

Donahue's teams were generally darn good defenders who hustled.

Anonymous said...

I believe Cody Toppert was that teams second leading scorer and leading rebounder in terms of total rebounds on the season. I recall a game against Notre Damne where our best players were Chris Vandenburg and Toppert, too bad Vandenburg got injured.

Anonymous said...

Wallace Prather III, is the red headed step child of cornell basketball. He never gets respect for being a very good ivy point.

Anonymous said...

Was Toppert really the second leading scorer as a frosh???? No way.

Anonymous said...

Wally P is the man. Was unfortunately caught in transition from Scott Thompson.