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Cornell Athletics Game Notes for St. Bonaventure

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Game #4: St. Bonaventure at Cornell
Tip off: Friday, Nov. 19, at 7:00 p.m.
Site: Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
2010-11 Records: St. Bonaventure (1-1, 0-0 A-10); Cornell (2-1, 0-0 Ivy)
Series Record: Cornell leads 8-3
Last Meeting: Cornell won 58-54, December 4, 2004 in Olean, N.Y.

Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his first season at Cornell (2-1, .667) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher ‘44 Coach of Men’s Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.

• 2010-11 Record: 1-1 (0-0 A-10).
• Conference: Atlantic 10.
• Head Coach: Mark Schmidt (Boston College ‘85), 39-54, fourth season at St. Bonaventure.
• The Bonnies are on an upward climb under head coach Mark Schmidt, falling just shy of finishing .500 a season ago both overall and in Atlantic 10 play.
• NBA prospect Andrew Nicholson, a preseason first-team All-Atlantic 10 selection, averaged 16.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game a year ago. The 6-9 forward was the A-10 Rookie of the Year in 2008-09. He is off to a strong start this season, averaging 24.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in his first two games.
• St. Bonaventure opened the season with an 80-70 defeat at Canisius on Nov. 12 before evening its record with a 77-64 triumph over Arkansas-Little Rock at home on Nov. 14.
• Michael Davenport (18.0 ppg., 6.0 rpg., 3.0 apg.) and Ogo Adegboye (12.0 ppg.) are also averaging double figures in scoring through two contests.
• The Bonnies have defended well beyond the arc, allowing opponents to shoot just 25 percent. They haven’t been able to take advantage of it on the other end though, connecting on just 21 percent themselves.

CORNELL VS. THE ATLANTIC 10: Cornell is 18-18 all-time against current members of the Atlantic 10. The Big Red is 8-3 all-time against St. Bonaventure and has also faced Dayton (0-1), Duquesne (0-2), Fordham (4-4), La Salle (3-2), Massachusetts (1-0), Richmond (0-1), Saint Joseph’s (0-3), Saint Joseph’s (1-3), Saint Louis (0-1), Temple (1-0) and Xavier (0-1). Cornell has never played Charlotte, George Washington or Rhode Island. A year ago, the big Red was a perfect 4-0 against Atlantic 10 teams, topping Massachusetts and La Salle on the road, knocking off Saint Joseph’s at home and defeating A-10 champ Temple in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. The Big Red has won six of the last eight meetings against Atlantic 10 squads dating back to its 58-54 victory at St. Bonaventure in 2004-05.

THE SERIES: The Big Red leads the all-time series 8-3, with the last win coming in Olean during the 2004-05 season, a 58-54 Cornell victory at the Reilly Center. The Big Red has won five straight in the series and is 3-2 all-time against the Bonnies in Ithaca. The teams first met on Jan. 1, 1923, a 28-16 win for Cornell in Olean.

• After raising a banner celebrating the 2009-10 Ivy League championship and NCAA Sweet 16 team, Cornell knocked off Delaware 75-61 on Wednesday to extend its home win streak to 12 games.
• The Big Red has had great success against Atlantic 10 squads, winning the “unofficial A-10” title by going 4-0 and knocking off regular season and tournament champion Temple a season ago by double figures in the NCAA tournament first round. Cornell is 6-2 against A-10 teams over the last six years.
• The Bonnies miss by one season the chance to match up with former SBU walk-on and two-time Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year Jeff Foote. Foote anchored Cornell’s three Ivy championship teams in the middle and has moved on to play for Melilla Baloncesto of Spain on loan from Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel, one of the world’s most successful basketball franchises outside of the NBA.

• Cornell is 74-22 in the last four seasons (.771).
• The Big Red is 38-4 in its last 42 Ivy League contests over the last three years (.905).
• Cornell is 42-3 over its last 45 home games (.933), including 25-1 in the last three seasons (.962) and 37-2 over the last four (.949). The team’s current 12-game home streak is the second-longest in school history.
• The team is 21-6 in its last 27 games away from Newman Arena (.778) and 16-5 in its last 21 true road games (.762).
• In non-conference games, the Big Red is 36-18 over the last four seasons (.667).

• Junior Chris Wroblewski made his season debut off the bench with 13 points, four assists and two rebounds in 24 minutes. He missed the first two games of the season due to an ankle injury.
• Senior Anthony Gatlin, a transfer from Centenary playing his first game at Newman Arena, made all four field goals and each of his three 3-point attempts for 12 points. Included was a rare four-point play in the second half.
• Senior Adam Wire had three rebounds, all on the offensive end. Fourteen of his 21 rebounds this season have come on the offensive end (4.7 offensive rebounds per game).
• The Big Red held Delaware to 1-of-13 shooting from 3-point range, including 0-of-12 to open the game.
• Cornell unveiled its 2009-10 Ivy League championship and NCAA Sweet 16 banners prior to the game.

CORNELL BEYOND THE ARC — 600 AND COUNTING: The Big Red hit eight 3-pointers against Delaware on Wednesday, its 601st consecutive game with a made trey. After five 3-pointers in Sunday’s loss at Seton Hall, Cornell extended its streak of games with at least one 3-pointer to 600. 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 651 of 655 games, connecting on 3,974 treys, an average of 6.1 per game. Cornell has set records for treys in a season in each of the previous three years, going from 228 in 2007-08 to 241 in 2008-09 and to 326 a year ago. The Big Red hit for double figures in 3-pointers 18 times in 2009-10, including an Ivy League single-game record 20 vs. Brown. Cornell hit 10 treys in the 2010-11 season opener at Albany.

NON-CONFERENCE NOTES: The Big Red posted its fourth consecutive non-conference season with at least a .500 record with a 16-4 mark in 2009-10, a school and Ivy League record for wins outside of conference action. The last time the Big Red at least broke even in non-league play in more consecutive years was the 1959-60 to the 1967-68 campaign, a span of nine straight years. The Big Red is 36-18 in non-conference play over the last four years. The Big Red won at least 10 non-conference contests in one season for the fifth time in program history and for just the second time since the 1950-51 season. The Big Red won 11 games out of the league in 1949-50 and also took home 10 decisions in the 1919-20, 1950-51 and 2008-09 campaigns.

NEWMAN NOTES: Cornell closed out the 2009-10 season with an 11-game home win streak and extended that to 12 games with Wednesday’s 75-61 triumph over Delaware. The Big Red had closed the 2008-09 season with a 21-game win streak at Newman Arena, ranking as the third-longest in Division I. That streak was snapped in its 2009-10 season opener, an 89-79 loss to Seton Hall. The Big Red still holds a 22-game conference home win streak after posting its third straight undefeated home slate in Ivy play. All-time, the Big Red is 157-102 (.606) in Newman Arena since the building opened in 1990.

NEXT UP: Cornell will begin a five-game road swing beginning with a matchup at defending Patriot League champion Lehigh on Monday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pa.

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