Thursday, September 2, 2010

More Moments in Cornell Basketball History

Below, some additional archived newspaper articles from moments in Cornell's basketball history. Above, Barton Hall, the former home of Cornell Basketball.

Above, the May 22, 1901 Daily Princetonian discusses the formation of the EIBL and Cornell's membership.

The February 13, 1915 issue of the Daily Princetonian with a picture of the Cornell basketball team.
After winning the 1912-1913 and 1913-1914 EIBL (Ivy League) titles, the Big Red were a big ticket on road games. The February 19, 1916 issue of the Yale Daily News previews the evening's match-up between Cornell and the Bulldogs. The Big Red prevailed 21-20 in New Haven. The Big Red would finish the season 13-5. Cornell's captain, Leslie Brown ('16) makes the cover.

The March 17, 1924 issue of the Daily Princetonian reports on the Big Red's capture of the 1924 EIBL Championship.

A March 4, 1931 Daily Princetonian article written by Cornell's head coach, Howard Ortner on the topic of spectator behavior at basketball games.

The 1961-1962 Big Red raced out to a 14-2 start, which included a 72-60 win at Illinois on December 23. Cornell finished the season 18-7 under head coach Sam MacNeil. The Cornell Daily Sun published the news of the big Illinois win in the first issue following the winter break for students.

Above, the Associated Press news story from Cornell's December 28, 1966 victory over Kentucky in Rupp Arena. Pat Riley paced the Wildcats with 24 points.

Above, the cover of the February 15, 1974 issue of the Cornell Daily Sun. After guiding Cornell through a trying 1972-1973 season where the Big Red finished with a 4-22 record, second year head coach, Tony Coma was fired on February 7, 1974, midway though the 1973-1974 season. Cornell would finish the year 3-23 with an 11 game losing skid to close out the schedule. Coma's firing reportedly had little to do with Cornell's lack of wins. Coma's staff admitted to embezzling team money and paying for the application fees of prospective recruits, violations of NCAA regulations.

The January 13, 1983 issue of the Cornell Chronicle notes the emergence of sophomore, Ken Bantum. He would later graduate in 1985 as the Ivy League Player of the Year and one of the greatest Cornell basketball players of all time.

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