Sunday, November 21, 2010

Cornell Athletics Previews Game No. 5 @ Lehigh

Game #5: Cornell at Lehigh
Tip off: Monday, Nov. 22, at 7:00 p.m.
Site: Stabler Arena (5,600), Bethlehem, Pa.
2010-11 Records: Cornell (2-2, 0-0 Ivy); Lehigh (1-2, 0-0 Patriot)
Series Record: Cornell leads 12-8
Last Meeting: Cornell won 87-83, November 10, 2007 in Olean, N.Y.
Radio: WVBR 88.3 FM (Barry Leonard)
TV: None
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Tickets: available by calling (607) 254-BEAR

Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his first season at Cornell (2-2, .500) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher ‘44 Coach of Men’s Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.

ITHACA, N.Y. — A pair of defending conference champions with their eyes set squarely on repeating will meet in an early-season challenge for both squads when Cornell visits Lehigh on Monday, Nov. 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Stabler Arena. Barry Leonard will provide the call on 93.5 WVBR-FM, with the feed also available on the internet as part of the RedCast subscription service.

Cornell has its 12-game home win streak snapped in a 56-54 loss to St. Bonaventure on Nov. 19, with the Bonnies rallying in the final minute for the victory after the Big Red led by as many as 11 in the second half. SBU dominated the glass with a 48-28 edge to neutralize Cornell junior Chris Wroblewski, who netted a career-high 25 points. Wroblewski hit on six 3-pointers and added five rebounds, five assists and four steals in his first start of the year after missing two contests due to injury.

Cornell will be out to improve in several areas when it hits the road against the defending Patriot League champion Mountain Hawks, especially on the backboards. In its two losses, Cornell has been outrebounded by 18.5 per contest. In its two victories, the Big Red has held even on the glass. The team’s offense, particularly from beyond the arc, has been drastically improved in the last two games with the return of Wroblewski. After shooting 29 percent in its first two games from 3-point range, Cornell has boosted that average to 44 percent in its last two outings.

Lehigh and head coach Brett Reed are looking to even their record after road losses to Penn State and, most recently, Monmouth. Reigning Patriot League Rookie and Player of the Year C.J. McCollum leads the charge (15.3 ppg., 5.7 rpg.).

• 2010-11 Record: 1-2 (0-0 Patriot).
• Conference: Patriot League.
• Head Coach: Brett Reed (Eckerd ‘95), 52-42, fourth season at Lehigh.
• Lehigh is coming off a 2009-10 Patriot League championship campaign that included a school-record 22 wins and an NCAA tournament appearance.
• The Mountain Hawks return 10 starts, including reigning Patriot League Rookie and Player of the Year, C.J. McCollum (19.1 ppg., 5.0 rpg.).
• McCollum is averaging 15.3 points and 5.7 rebounds so far this season with 1.7 assists and 1.7 steals per contest.
• Lehigh is off to a 1-2 start that includes a win over Wagner at home and losses on the road to Penn State and Monmouth.
• Senior guard Michael Ojo scored a career-high 23 points in the loss to Monmouth after missing his first two contests.
• Lehigh is limiting foes to 41 percent shooting.

CORNELL VS. THE PATRIOT LEAGUE: Cornell is 136-111 all-time against current members of the Patriot League, including 12-8 vs. Lehigh. The Big Red has also played Army (20-13), Bucknell (23-22), Colgate (70-53), Holy Cross (2-3), Lafayette (7-11) and Navy (2-1). This is the first of two scheduled meetings between the Big Red and a member of the Patriot League in 2010-11, as Cornell will play host to Bucknell on Dec. 20 at Newman Arena in Bartels Hall.

THE SERIES: Cornell leads the all-time series against Lehigh 12-8, including winning three of the last four meetings. The Big Red is 3-5 all-time in games played in Bethlehem, Pa., including dropping a 90-71 decision in its last visit to Stabler Arena on Nov. 17, 2006. The last meeting between the teams came in the 2007-08 season opener for both teams with Cornell coming away with an 87-83 victory at Newman Arena.

LAST TIME VS. LEHIGH: On a day when Cornell honored its last Ivy championship team at halftime, the current squad opened a promising 2007-08 season with an uneven, but equally promising, 87-83 victory over Lehigh on Nov. 10, 2007, at Newman Arena. Cornell led by as many as 15 points in the first half and held off the Mountain Hawks in the final minute in the season opener for both teams. Members of the 1987-88 Ivy championship team were honored at halftime to a rousing ovation by the 2,742 in attendance at Newman Arena for the opener. Senior Jason Hartford had 19 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots in his return, including seven points in one key stretch in the second half. The senior forward made 7-of-13 field goals and 2-of-4 from the 3-point line and had all 19 of his points after halftime. Junior Adam Gore joined Hartford in the starting lineup and notched nine points, four rebounds and two steals in a team-best 31 minutes. Louis Dale and Ryan Wittman, the third-highest scoring freshman duo in the country a season ago, picked right up where they left off a season ago. Dale had 12 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in just 20 minutes, while Wittman hit on 5-of-6 from 3-point range for his 15 points. Classmate Alex Tyler provided a strong post presence before fouling out, recording eight points and seven rebounds with two blocked shots.

• After having its 12-game home win streak snapped on Friday in a 56-54 loss to St. Bonaventure, Cornell embarks on a five-game road swing that will cover more than a month due to a two-week break for final exams.
• The Big Red and Mountain Hawks will be squaring off in a matchup of defending conference champions and NCAA tournament teams coming off record-setting seasons. Lehigh won a school-record 22 games a year ago en route to a first-round NCAA loss as the Patriot League’s representative. Cornell went 29-5, won its third straight Ivy League title and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.
• Cornell has alternated wins and losses in its first four games, including splitting a pair of road games (win over Albany, loss to Seton Hall).

• Cornell is 74-23 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 42-4 over its last 46 home games (.913), including 25-2 in the last three seasons (.926) and 37-3 over the last four (.925).
• 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 36-19 over the last four seasons (.655).

• Cornell has alternated wins and losses each game this season (last game: 56-54 loss to St. Bonaventure).
• The Big Red’s last two opponents have shot just 3-of-24 from 3-point range (.125). Its foes have made just 27 percent of its shots from beyond the arc this year.
• In the last two games, Cornell has shot .444 from beyond the arc (20-of-45) after hitting on just .288 (15-of-52) in the first two games.
• Since the season opener, when Albany shot 52 percent in the floor, the Cornell defense has surrendered just .413 (69-of-167) shooting.
• Big Red opponents have averaged 5.8 blocks per game in the last three contests.
• In its two losses, Cornell has been outrebounded by an average of 18.5 rebounds per game with an average of 15.0 offensive boards in those contests. The Big Red has also been whistled for 49 fouls in its losses and 28 in its wins.
• In its two wins, the Big Red has turned the ball over an average of 11.0 times per game.
• The Big Red has doubled its opponents 3-point field goals made (35-17).

• Senior Adam Wire has 14 of his 26 rebounds on the offensive glass.
• Wire also has 15 assists and just five turnovers.
• Junior Chris Wroblewski is 5-of-10 from 3-point range, upping his career percentage to .451 (school record).
• Senior Max Groebe has made 10-of-20 3-pointers this season, actually lowering his career 3-point field goal percentage at Cornell to .541 (33-of-61).
• Senior Aaron Osgood has already surpassed his career totals from his first three seasons in points (42-20), field goals (15-9), free throws made (11-2) and attempted (22-4), assists (6-5), blocked shots (2-1) and steals (2-0). He has 16 rebounds after posting 20 in his first three years.
• Three returning players have registered more minutes in the first four games than all of last season. Sophomores Miles Asafo-Adjei (88 minutes in ‘10-11, 71 in ‘09-10) and Johnathan Gray (42 minutes in ‘10-11, 9 minutes in ‘09-10), senior Aaron Osgood (102 minutes in ‘10-11, 71 minutes in first three seasons combined).

NEXT UP: The Big Red continues its five-game road swing when it visits Boston University on Saturuday, Nov. 27 at 5 p.m.

1 comment:

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