Wednesday, October 20, 2010

When North Carolina Visited Cornell

Above, the 1990-1991 Cornell Basketball media guide.

On January 3, 1991, Cornell hosted the University of North Carolina Tar Heels in Newman Arena. It was former UNC Coach, Dean Smith's custom to set up homecoming-type games for his seniors. This particular game was played for the benefit of the senior point guard King Rice, who played high school basketball in Binghamton, 30 miles southeast of Ithaca.

Although Cornell was 6-2 heading into the game with team's lone losses to Syracuse and Pitt, the Big Red were overwhelmed by the Tar Heaes in Ithaca, 108-64. North Carolina was 9-1 heading into the game and ranked No. 7 in the country. Fellow senior, Rick Fox scored 19 points for Carolina.

The game was sold out with Newman Arena filled to a capacity crowd.

North Carolina finished the season 29-6 and advanced to the Final Four. The Big Red finished the season with a 13-13 overall record.

Coincidentally, when Cornell hosted its next ACC opponent, Georgia Tech on November 23, 2003, the Yellow Jackets also advanced to the Final Four later that season.

(Photos courtesy, Cornell Athletics)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How long will Dom Scelfo be out for?