Sunday, November 28, 2010

Game Recap: BU Downs Cornell

Below, game recaps of Cornell's defeat at Boston University on Saturday evening.

Ferry's 22 Points Not Enough As Cornell Falls To Boston University, 66-61
Cornell Athletics

Box Score

BOSTON, Mass. -- Darryl Partin scored 30 second half points, including 17 straight for Boston University at one point, as the preseason America East favorite Terriers rallied for a 66-61 victory over Cornell on Saturday afternoon at Case Gymnasium. Partin's effort overshadowed a career-high 22 points by Big Red junior Drew Ferry in his first Division I start. BU improved to 4-3, while the Big Red dropped to 2-4.

The Big Red had two chances to tie in the final minute, including the second time with three seconds remaining off an inbounds steal byu Chris Wroblewski. The junior made a fantastic defensive play in the corner on the pass, then found Ferry for a last-second heave. Ferry's off-balance shot was well short and rebounded by the Terriers, who hit a pair of free throws to provide the final margin.

Ferry hit six 3-pointers en route to his 22 points, while senior Adam Wire posted 12 points, a game-high nine rebounds, three steals and two assists. Wroblewski notched nine points, eight assists, four rebounds and two steals. Cornell turned the ball over just 11 times, but four came during the Terriers' 20-5 run. The last 17 points during the run were scored by Partin.

Partin ended his night 10-of-14 from the field and 5-of-6 from 3-point range. Without his hot shooting, the Terriers hit on just 8-of-35 shots (.229). As it was, the home team made just 37 percent of its efforts, continuing a string of trememndous Cornell defense. The team's only two double figure scorers entering the game, John Holland and Jake O'Brien, were limited to 14 total points on 3-of-20 shooting.

The first half was either a defensive clinic or an offensive disaster for both teams,depending on the viewer's focus. Cornell, holding for the last shot after a Terrier turnoverwith 36 seconds remaining, got just that. Wroblewski, scoreless to that point, dribbled out top until six seconds remained. He faked a drive into the lane and pulled up for a 3-pointer. The shot hit the front and back rim before dropping in as the horn sounded, sending the visitors into the locker room with a three-point advantage.

Wire was Cornell's answer in the first half, scoring nine points, including a 3-pointer from the top of the key for one of the seven first half lead changes. The Big Red shot jusut 35 percent from the floor, but turned the ball over just four times. The Terriers were limited to 31 percent shooting before the break. Wroblewski added four assists and jusut one turnover in the first half. Holland, BU's leading scorer and a two-time All-America East pick, was just 2-of-6 from the floor at the break.

After leading by as many as seven after a Figini trey made it 35-28 with 14:02 left on the clock, BU answered with its run. Cornell never wilted, going on an 11-1 run of its own capped with consecutive 3-pointers by Ferry, the last putting the Big Red ahead 49-48 with 5:38 left on the clock. A pair of free-throws by Holland, who had 11 points on the day, pushed the Terriers back into the lead for good. Ferry's sixth and last trey came after a Mark Coury tip-in, cutting a six-point Terrier lead to one (58-57) with 1:06 remaining. The teams traded free throws, but Ferry couldn't convert on either of his two tying opportunities in the final 20 seconds as the Big Red dropped its third straight contest, all three coming by a combined 10 points.

The Big Red returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 30 when it meets No. 9/10 Syracuse at 7 p.m. from the Carrier Dome.

By Brian Delaney
Ithaca Journal
November 27, 2010

BOSTON -- Cornell absorbed another close loss Saturday evening at Boston University, as the Terriers rode 30 second-half points from junior guard Darryl Partin to a 66-61 victory over the Big Red.

BU's John Holland made two free throws with 2.1 seconds left to seal the win.

Cornell (2-4) trailed by three points with 11 seconds left when Chris Wroblewski stole a BU inbounds pass and fed Drew Ferry on the left wing. The 6-foot-2 Ferry, well-defended by 6-7 forward Dom Morris, couldn't get a clean look off and his game-tying attempt fell short.

Ferry scored 22 points on 8-for-14 shooting. He had an opportunity to tie the game at 62 with about 20 seconds left, but his 3-pointer early in Cornell's possession was rushed, and off the mark.

"The ball slipped out of his hands," Cornell coach Bill Courtney said. "He had the ball but it slipped out of his hands. He probably shouldn't have taken it when the ball slipped out of his hands, but he picked it up and shot it again. The way he was shooting, I'm not going to tell it was a bad shot."

Cornell wouldn't have been within a possession had Ferry not had a breakout shooting night. His back-to-back 3's gave Cornell a short-lived 49-48 lead with 5:38 left, capping a 9-0 run that answered a monster spurt from Partin.

BU (3-3) trailed 35-28 when the 6-6 Partin, a La Salle transfer, found his stroke. He scored 16 straight points in a 19-3 run, and finished 10-of-14 from the floor and 5-of-6 from behind the arc. He finished with 32 on the night, 30 coming in the second half. In 30 minutes against Nevada on Tuesday, he was held scoreless.

"Partin had a heckuva run," Courtney said. "He had a heckuva run when they made their run and that really affected the game."

Cornell plays at No. 11 Syracuse on Tuesday night before a Dec. 4 trip to No. 17 Minnesota.

For a half devoid of much scoring, Chris Wroblewski ended it with a Big Red staple - a 3-pointer. He dribbled away nearly 25 seconds for the final shot, then rattled home a pull-up trey over small BU guard Matt Griffin to give the Big Red a 23-20 lead.

The two teams combined to miss 32 of 48 shots from the field in the first half.

Cornell played without senior center Aaron Osgood, who suffered a knee sprain during practice Thursday. Osgood had started Cornell's first five games. Courtney said Osgood will have an MRI.

Mark Coury got the nod in his sted, and Courtney rotated in 6-9 sophomore Josh Figini and 6-8 junior Anthony Gatlin.

Adam Wire had 12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals in the loss. Chris Wroblewski, held to 2-for-11 shooting, finished with 9 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds in 36 minutes.

Cornell has now lost three straight games, by a total of 10 points.

"I give Cornell all the credit in the world," BU coach Patrick Chambers said. "That's a good team. Great defense, and coach Courtney does a great job of getting the right guys shots. ... They're close; they're close. They've lost a couple close games here by one or two possessions. One bounce goes the other way, one miss, missed foul shot here or there, turnover here or there, and it easily could be three wins for them."

Box Score | Highlights | Postgame Comments

BOSTON - Junior Darryl Partin scored 30 of his career-high 32 points in the second half to lead the Boston University men's basketball team to a 66-61 victory over Cornell on Saturday afternoon at Case Gym. The Terriers, who went 16-of-18 from the free-throw line in the final five minutes, improve to 4-3 on the year.

Named America East player of the game, Partin helped BU rally from a 35-28 deficit at 14:02 by scoring 17 consecutive points for the Terriers following a layup by junior Jake O'Brien to gain a 47-38 advantage with 9:38 remaining. Cornell (2-4) responded with an 11-1 run to grab a 49-48 lead at 5:38, but BU made its free throws down the stretch and had several stellar defensive stops, including grabbing a tough rebound following a missed potential game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds, to seal the program's first win against the three-time defending Ivy League champion.

Partin went 9-for-11 from the field and 7-for-8 at the line in the second half to top his previous high of 30 points scored for La Salle in 2009. Junior John Holland had an off-night, shooting 2-for-12, but made all six of his free throws in the final five minutes to finish with 11 points. Following his performance, he moves past BU and New England Basketball Hall of Famer Jim Hayes ('70) into fourth-place all-time in the program record book for career points at 1,683. Junior Patrick Hazel had a team-high eight rebounds, while freshman Dom Morris recorded another strong day off the bench with seven points and five rebounds in 23 minutes of action.

Drew Ferry also had a big performance in the second half for Cornell, hitting five 3-pointers off eight attempts to finish with 22 points. Adam Wire was one rebound shy of a double-double with 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds. The Big Red lost the rebound battle, 40-32, but scored 25 points off 14 BU turnovers to remain in the contest while losing the ball 11 times.

The contest marked the first time a Sweet 16 participant from the previous season's NCAA tournament had played at BU since the Terriers hosted then-defending champion Duke on January 21, 1992. Cornell and BU came out slow in the first half shooting an identical 33.3 percent from the field, and neither team led by more than three. The Big Red entered the locker room with a 23-20 edge after Chris Wroblewski drained a 3-pointer just before the buzzer.

In the second with the score tied 28-28 at 16:17, Cornell went on a 7-0 run with Josh Figini hitting back-to-back jumpers and then a trey for the 35-28 lead. On the ensuing possession, O'Brien provided the lift needed for the team and home crowd by driving to the basket for the short jumper while drawing a foul.

Ferry responded to Partin's 3-pointer with one of his own to hold a 38-34 lead, at which point Partin took over by scoring the game's next 13 points. Starting with his second made 3-pointer, he was assisted on a jumper and 3-pointer by freshman D.J. Irving. He then drained a deep 3-pointer and showed great effort on the next possession by grabbing his own missed 3-point attempt and laying it back in at 9:38.

The Big Red rallied back with Ferry draining back-to-back 3-pointers at 5:51 and 5:38, but Holland on the ensuing possession took the lead for good by driving to the basket, drawing the foul and hitting both free throws. Partin's two made shots at the charity stripe gave BU a 64-59 lead with 13 seconds on the clock, but Wroblewski quickly cut the deficit to three with a layup in only three seconds.

He stole the Terriers' inbounds pass in the corner and found Ferry on the other side for a final 3-point attempt. Ferry though lost his touch with BU defenders surrounding him and missed well short on the off balance heave.

The Big Red went 20-for-56 (.357), marking the Terriers' sixth opponent to shoot below 40 percent. BU shot 18-for-49 at 36.7 percent but finished the game 23-for-29 (.793) at the charity stripe to avenge an 89-59 loss at Cornell in 2008.

Next up for BU is a trip to Lexington to face No. 8 Kentucky on Tuesday (Nov. 30) in the programs' first meeting since the 1994-95 season. Coincidentally, the Wildcats eliminated Cornell from the NCAA tournament back in March. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and will be televised live on Fox Sports South.

BU’s Partin does his part

Boston Globe
November 28, 2010

Until yesterday’s game against Cornell, Darryl Partin was just a name on the roster for the Boston University basketball team, one of the 11 new players added by coach Pat Chambers.

A 6-foot-6-inch swingman from Seattle, Partin spent two largely unproductive seasons at La Salle before transferring to BU. He averaged a modest 6.7 points in the first six games of this season, and was scoreless in 30 minutes against Nevada on Tuesday.

“I knew he was capable of more,’’ said Chambers, who first saw Partin play when he was an assistant coach at Villanova. “He was a good player for us to get when he transferred and I knew he could score. It was just a matter of when we would see it.’’

That moment came when BU needed it most. Partin scored 30 of his career-high 32 points in the second half as the Terriers rallied to beat the Big Red, 66-61, at Case Gym.

On a night when leading scorers John Holland and Jake O’Brien were in foul trouble and combined to score only 14 points, Partin put his new team on his back. He scored 16 consecutive points for the Terriers, part of a 19-3 run that took BU from a 35-28 deficit to a 47-38 lead.

“I had been playing and not been making shots. I finally knocked some down, I guess,’’ said Partin, who was 9 for 11 from the floor in the second half, five of those made shots 3-pointers. “When you knock a couple down you get confident and your teammates continue to find you. That’s what my teammates were doing.’’

Cornell coach Bill Courtney didn’t fault his team.

“Those were contested shots,’’ he said. “He had a hand in his face when he made most of those shots. We knew he was a streaky shooter, but you never expected anything like that.’’

Partin didn’t seem impressed afterward, calmly explaining his outburst before Chambers clapped him on the back.

“You can say it feels good,’’ the coach said.

With that, Partin finally smiled.

“It does feel good,’’ he said. “Real good.’’

BU (4-3) has won two straight for the first time this season, building a little momentum ahead of Tuesday’s game at Kentucky.

“It would be nice to get on a roll,’’ Chambers said. “You just want to compete every night. That’s the direction we’re headed. That’s what I’d like to see. I want to string some together and get some separation.’’

Cornell was 29-5 last season, advancing to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 before losing to Kentucky. Coach Steve Donahue left for Boston College, leaving Courtney with almost an entirely new team. The Big Red have one returning starter and only two other players who saw significant minutes.

Cornell (2-4) got 22 points from guard Drew Ferry. His two 3-pointers gave the Big Red a 49-48 lead with 5:32 to go. But BU scored 8 of the next 9 points, all of them at the line.

The final minute was frenzied. With BU up, 64-61, Partin lost the ball in the backcourt and Cornell worked the ball to Ferry, who missed a 3-pointer. Holland grabbed the rebound, was fouled, and made two free throws to secure the win.

Holland, who played only 28 minutes and was 2 for 12 from the floor, finished with 11 points. He now has 1,683 career points, moving past Jim Hayes for fourth place in school history.

Freshman Dom Morris, a burly power forward, had 7 points and five rebounds for BU. All of his rebounds came in the second half, three off the offensive glass. “I’m just happy for Darryl,’’ he said. “I’m happy when anybody has a game like that. But we need more balance.’’

The first half resembled more of a pickup game as the teams took turns missing shots. Cornell was 9 of 26 from the floor and BU 7 of 22. Cornell took a 23-20 lead at the break when Chris Wroblewski rattled in a 3-pointer with two seconds left.

“I was crying,’’ Chambers said. “We needed somebody to make shots. That was Darryl.’’

M. basketball beats Cornell for first close win

BU Daily Free Press

The Boston University men's basketball team has craved for another early-season test to prove that it could pull out the victory in a close game.

It got that and much more from defending Ivy League champion Cornell University – the Cinderella team that made the exhilarating run to the Sweet 16 in last season's NCAA Tournament – Saturday at Case Gymnasium.

In contests decided by five points or less entering Saturday's matchup, the Terriers were 0-2, having dropped two-point and one-point losses to Northeastern University and Hampton University, respectively.

Make it a 1-2 record now.

Junior transfer guard Darryl Partin scored 30 of his career-high 32 points in the second half, and the Terriers (4-3) connected on 16-of-18 free throws down the stretch in a 66-61 win over the Big Red (2-4) that marked the first time BU has found itself above the .500 mark this season.

"I'm happy for this team," said BU coach Patrick Chambers. "I'm happy for these players. I'm happy for Darryl. I'm excited for the guys to get this win because a few years ago they would have been shellacked by them by like 30.

"It's nice to come back, and even though it was a close game, to get a win at home over Thanksgiving weekend. But we're a work in progress. There's no doubt about it."

Making his first collegiate start, guard Drew Ferry posted a career-high 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting for Cornell, which lost its third straight contest in eight days. Leading scorer Chris Wroblewski was held in check the entire night, as he made only 2-of-11 field goal attempts and finished with nine points, eight assists and four rebounds.

Neither squad led by more than five points in the first half, with Cornell taking a 23-20 advantage over BU into the halftime break after Wroblewski's 3-pointer over junior guard Matt Griffin rattled home to beat the buzzer. The Terriers managed to stay within striking distance due to the Big Red's 33.3 percent shooting in the opening session, despite senior forward John Holland and freshman guard D.J. Irving combining for 10 points on just 3-of-9 shooting.

Trailing Cornell by its largest deficit of the game, 35-28, with a little over 14 minutes to go in regulation, BU used a 20-5 run fueled by Partin – who had 17 points during that stretch – to build a 48-40 cushion with 7:40 left in the second half.

"You just don't think about anything," Partin said of scoring 17 consecutive points for the Terriers at one point. "You're just trying to get the victory. Cornell was coming back, and they came back. They got really close as you can see from the game, but you just focus on getting the win."

On a night when the Terriers' only players to average double-digits coming into the game – Holland and O'Brien – struggled mightily from the field and tallied 14 total points on a combined 3-of-20 shooting, Partin provided the spark BU so desperately needed with 24 points in the opening 13 minutes of the final frame.

"Partin got really hot," said first-year Cornell coach Bill Courtney. "He had a heck of run when they made their run. That really affected the game."

But freshman forward Dom Morris (seven points, five re bounds) echoed his coach's assessment when he said the Terriers cannot keep relying on one player to light up the scoreboard every night because sooner or later it will catch up to them.

"Like coach said, we're trying to balance [the scoring] off, so when we play those great teams like the Syracuses and the Dukes, we'll be in big trouble if just one player is scoring 30 or 20 points," Morris said. "We're just trying to work on it so everyone can score."

The Big Red would not crumble, however, and aided by a 9-0 run which included back-to-back treys by Ferry, Cornell regained a one-point edge, 49-48, with 5:38 left to play.

Holland's two free throws on the next possession gave the Terriers the lead back for good. Both teams traded free throws in the game's final seconds until Wroblewski blew past the Terrier defense and cut the Big Red's deficit to three points with 11.1 seconds left.

Wroblewski then stole the inbounds pass and fed the ball to a wide-open Ferry whose off-balance 3-point attempt from the left wing was well short. Holland grabbed the air ball, was fouled and swished both freebies to secure BU's first winning streak of the 2010-11 campaign.

"It's always about a stop and a rebound, that's what's gonna make you a great team," Chambers said, referring to BU's defensive stand on Cornell's final possession. "I think this team has all the makings of a great team once we keep playing together a little bit more."

By Alex Kuczynski-Brown
Cornell Daily Sun
November 30, 2010

BOSTON — Following Cornell’s home-opener win against Delaware on Nov. 17, junior guard Andrew Ferry admitted frustration that his 3-point shots were not falling — adding that he knew they would eventually, and was “looking forward to that day.”

On Saturday night, the 3’s finally started to fall. Unfortunately for Ferry and his teammates, however, there just weren’t enough of them, as the men’s basketball team dropped its third game in a row, 66-61, to America East favorite Boston University (4-3) at Case Gymnasium.

Ferry, making his first career start in a Cornell (2-4) uniform, notched a team-leading and career-high 22 points on 6-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc, including back-to-back treys to give the Red a temporary 49-48 advantage with 5:38 remaining in regulation.

Ferry wasn’t the only addition to the starting lineup, as senior center Mark Coury replaced injured senior tri-captain Aaron Osgood, who will be out for a few games and is not expected back before the Break.

Besides Ferry, senior forward Adam Wire proved the lone bright spot for a rather anemic Cornell offense that saw two of the team’s best shooters — junior guard and tri-captain Chris Wroblewski and senior guard Max Groebe — shoot a combined 2-of-16 from the floor and 1-of-9 from downtown.

“It’s hard because Max ... misses his first shot, it bothers him and you notice the next time he had a wide-open look he decided not to take it, and that’s the worst thing for a shooter ... to lose your confidence,” said head coach Bill Courtney.

“He did a good job on [B.U. senior forward John] Holland defensively, on the other end of the floor, so you’ve got to give him credit for doing that. He didn’t give up, he didn’t hang his head, he just didn’t get his shots to fall.”

Wroblewski finished with nine points, four rebounds, eight assists and two steals.

Wire posted a game-high nine rebounds and added 12 points — the only Cornell player besides Ferry to score in double-figures — while contributing two assists and three steals.

“I think [Wire’s] strength was a factor. ... They didn’t have a lot of bulky guys, or super tall athletic guys, so he was able to get to the basket and make some plays,” Courtney said. “We’ve told him ‘You’ve got to be an offensive threat’; we told him to look for his shot a bit more, look for his offense, and he’s starting to do that.”

The first half saw limited offense from both teams, which shot only 33.3 percent overall and had comparable success — or lack thereof — from the 3-point line, with Cornell and B.U. shooting 28.6 and 25 percent from outside, respectively.

“In the first half we got great looks, we just didn’t make them. If we had made our shots in the first half, we’d have had a nice lead. ... We’re getting the shots, we’re just not making them,” Courtney said.

Holland, who had 11 points to go along with six boards, got things started for his team, knocking down an open 3 — his only trey of the contest — to hand B.U. an early lead in the opening 60 seconds. The Red would get on the scoreboard two minutes later thanks to Wire, and would claim its first lead of the game following a 3 from Ferry.

A steal by Wire and pass from Wroblewski back to his fellow tri-captain at the top of the key with 7:13 to go in the first half set up Wire’s second career 3-pointer — putting him at a perfect 2-for-2 and living up to Courtney’s goal for his bigs to feel comfortable stepping out.

Wire showcased his versatility on the ensuing Cornell possession, getting into the lane for a layup following a feed from sophomore guard Errick Peck to hand the Red its largest lead of the half at 14-11.

With 48 seconds remaining and Cornell trailing by two, the 6-9 Coury used his size to nail the hook and tie the game for the fifth time in the opening frame. B.U.’s freshman guard D.J. Irving turned the ball over on the next play, putting it in Wroblewski’s hands for one last possession. Ski, patiently dribbling at the top, allowed the shot clock to wind down before faking a drive into the lane and rattling down his only 3 of the game at the buzzer to send both teams into the locker room with the visitors on top, 23-20.

After being held to just two points in the first half, B.U. junior guard Darryl Partin exploded for 30 points in the second frame — 17 straight came at the tail end of a 20-5 Terriers run — en route to a career-high 32. Partin was a blistering 5-of-6 from beyond the arc and made six clutch free throws down the stretch when Cornell was left with no choice but to foul.

“It was just my teammates getting me the ball at the right time,” Partin acknowledged. “Whenever you make shots it’s a confidence booster during the game, and just playing with a clear head.”

The opening minutes of the second half saw Ferry heat up from the perimeter, connecting on his second 3 of the contest to maintain a four-point lead for the Red. Five minutes later, B.U. turned the ball over and appeared to almost recover possession before Wire — making what former Cornell head coach Steve Donahue would have labeled a “Blue Clips” play — got the steal. Peck, who has shot just 3-for-15 over the last two games, would miss the ensuing jumper attempt, but an offensive rebound by the Red enabled sophomore forward Josh Figini to knock down a 3 — handing Cornell its largest lead of the game at 35-28.

That would mark the proverbial “beginning of the end,” however, as B.U. used a 20-5 run spearheaded by Partin’s efforts to give the Terriers an eight-point advantage (48-40) with 8:17 to play. Despite only turning the ball over 11 times throughout the contest, four of the Red’s miscues came during this seven-minute span.

And while Ferry’s 3’s may have kept Cornell in the game, they weren’t enough for a “W,” as B.U. didn’t miss a beat from the three-throw line down the stretch.

That’s not to say the Red didn’t make things interesting, though.

With 10 seconds remaining, Wroblewski drove into the lane for a layup to bring Cornell within three, 64-61. With the Red pressing on the next play, Ski managed an inbounds steal off a great defensive play in the corner and found Ferry for a last-ditch effort to send the game into overtime. Ferry’s one-footed, off-balance attempt proved well short, however, and was rebounded by the Terriers, who proceeded to convert both free-throw opportunities for a final score of 66-61.

“Off the steal it was kind of a scramble situation and we had to get a 3 to tie the game, so [Andrew] was looking to take it, and he just didn’t get it off,” Courtney said.

Cornell shot 35.7 percent overall for the contest and connected on only 9-of-28 from 3-point range — six of which were courtesy of Ferry. B.U., meanwhile, made 36.7 percent of its shots and posted a 38.9 percentage from the perimeter.

While the Red managed a solid rebounding night — grabbing 32 boards compared to the Terriers’ 40 — the team came up short on what could have been several game-changing occasions.

“We did a good job on the boards, which we’ve been struggling with, and then towards the stretch they had a couple put-backs and extra possessions ... and that really hurt us towards the end of the game,” Courtney said.


Anonymous said...

"Ferry hit six 3-pointers en route to his 22 points, while senior Adam Wire posted 12 points, a game-high nine rebounds, three steals and two assists. Wroblewski notched nine points, eight assists, four rebounds and two steals."

I watched the game, but you read that and think: "Wow, how did we not win?" You've got three guys there having great games.

So, it's an L today, but I still feel we're improving.

Anonymous said...

Right on! Just to say the obvious, we have definitely found three guys who need to play starters' minutes: Ski, Wire, and Ferry.

Coury seems to be a fourth. Despite questions about his offense, he is so tough under the boards that he will get the above guys opportunities.
It will be good to have Aro back.

We need to see more of Groebe, Figini, Gatlin, and Gray. And each needs to respond by being a little more consistent and picking it up on the defensive end when his shots aren't falling. MAA is doin' his thing and is about right.

If others who have been less productive now need to sit to make the above happen, it's OK. We're getting close to the time when we need to put the eight or nine most proven guys on the court.

Anybody notice that we are averaging about 14 assists per game. That's TEAMWORK.

Anonymous said...

I definitely sensed improvement and actually felt okay after last night's loss. There seemed to be more inside & outside balance, more planned moves instead of haphazard hoisting of 3's. Room to grow but definitely heading in the right direction. Still a bit of watching the ball while the other guys grab the rebound though.

Anonymous said...

I'm also happy where the team is. Love how they are competing and happy that players are starting to fall into their roles a little more. Not thrilled about Courtney's comments about refs in post-game, seems like a cop-out - but I think the players own it and understand their responsibility. I think Courtney will help make this team very competitive in the Ivy. Harvard looks tough.

Anonymous said...

As a team, we are shooting 38% from the field overall after 6 games - not good enough to win many games, especially tight games. Shooting percentages of guards getting big minutes - Wroblewski 35%), Ferry (41%), Groebe (34%) and Miles (17%). I believe this is partly a result of the quality of the shots taken.

I really think Cornell is going to need to re-focus its offense more on attacking the basket, especially the guards. Right now, Wroblewski is the only guy getting minutes who appears capable of creating off the dribble. We need to get threes out of penetration going inside/out, not out of sets. And, we are going to wear Wrobo out at 31-36 mins per game if he is the only option to penetrate and score and handle the ball.

While there seems to be alot of concern about our bigs, the Ivy League is a guard league, and Wrobo and Dale proved how far we can go with two penetrating guards who create for themselves and others. If you put Witt in the three spot on this team, his skills would not be fully utilized because he was obviously a great kick out option, but we don't look to penetrate and kick.

Gotta get to the basket.