Friday, November 12, 2010

Game Recap: Cornell Tops Albany in Game No. 1



Box Score

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Head coach Bill Courtney picked up his first win as a collegiate coach as Cornell topped Albany 65-61 on Friday evening at SEFCU Arena in the season opener for both squads. The new-look Big Red overcame a 12-point first half deficit to capture its 16th win in its last 20 road contests.

Senior Adam Wire did what he always does - influence the game with his hustle and basketball IQ. The 6-5 forward had a career-high eight assists and a game-high 11 rebounds, including six on the offensive end. Max Groebe led all Cornell scorers with 15 points, while Aaron Osgood hit 6-of-7 shots from the floor for 14 points to go along with five rebounds. Drew Ferry and Johnathan Gray each had 12 points off the bench, with Gray hitting four of the team's 10 3-pointers on the night.

Tim Ambrose had 20 points off the bench to lead four double figure scorers for the Great Danes, who shot 58 percent in the first half and entered the break with a 37-35 lead. Cornell turned up the defense in the second half, limiting the Great Danes to 24 points in capturing the win.

After graduating the most heralded senior class in school history, missing the team's only returning starter, Chris Wroblewski, to injury, and debuting a brand new head coach, nothing from the 2010-11 looked even remotely similar to last season. But forging a new identity is never easy, and this team already showed its mettle.

After falling behind 22-10 with a raucous Albany crowd squarely behind its Great Danes, an unheralded group chipped away at the lead and grinded out its sixth consecutive season-opening win for the program.

The words career highs could be littered about for nearly every Cornell player who stepped on the court. The starting lineup had a grand total of two career starts (both by Wire), and the Big Red looked nervous to start.

Albany jumped out quickly, but a three-point play byu Osgood got Cornell within 14-10 with 10 minutes gone in the first half. The Great Danes responded with an 8-0 run that included a 3-pointer by Ambrose and a three-point play by Mike Black. The Albany guard would go out of the game three minutes later with Cornell on the move, with Groebe's 3-pointer cutting the deficit to seven at 24-17. A pair of big 3-pointers by Gray, the former team manager and walk-on, in a two-minute span eventually tied the contest at 28-28. Cornell took its first lead of the game on another trey, this one by Ferry, at 31-30, but Albany was able to head into the break still holding a narrow 37-35 lead with Ambrose scoring or assisting on nine of the team's final 11 points.

The second half was back-and-forth early before the Big Red seemingly took control of the game, taking the lead on a Ferry 3-pointer with 13:05 left and never again trailing. A short banked-in jumper by Osgood extended the lead to eight, but Albany again made a move. A driving layup by Ambrose and a 3-pointer by Logan Aronhalt cut the Cornell lead to 64-61, but Ferry hit the front end of a 1-and-1 with three seconds to go to seal Courtney's first collegiate victory.

Cornell returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 14 at noon when it meets Seton Hall at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The game will be televised live on SportsNew New York and also simulcast on ESPN3 online.






AP: Cornell 65, Albany 61

Box Score Recap

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)—Max Groebe scored 15 points and Aaron Osgood 14 as Cornell outscored Albany down the stretch for a 65-61 victory Friday night in the opener for both schools.

The victory was the first for the Big Red under coach Bill Courtney, who replaced Steve Donahue this season. Donahue left to coach Boston College after leading Cornell to a 29-5 season, an Ivy League record for victories, and a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16.

With the score tied at 52, Groebe hit a 3-pointer to put Cornell in front to stay, 55-52, with eight minutes remaining. Osgood’s bucket with three minutes left gave the Big Red its largest lead of the game, 64-56.

Albany, of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, which led by 12 in the first half, scored the next five points and had a chance to tie, but Tim Ambrose’s driving shot in the lane in the final seconds missed.

Ambrose led all scorers with 20 points.






Albany, N.Y. -- Senior guard Max Groebe scored 15 points and senior forward Aaron Osgood added 14 as Cornell outscored the UAlbany in the final minutes for a 65-61 win in the season-opening men's basketball contest for both teams on Friday, Nov. 12 at SEFCU Arena.

Andrew Ferry and Anthony Gatlin added 12 points apiece for the Big Red. UAlbany's Tim Ambrose led all scorers with 20 points off the bench. Logan Aronhalt added 13 points for the Great Danes, who were opening home for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign. Luke Devlin and Mike Black had 10 apiece. Black, a sophomore guard, scored all of his points in the first half as he helped UAlbany build an early 12-point lead at 22-10 before leaving with an ankle injury for the remainder of the contest. The Great Danes led at the half, 37-35.

With the score tied at 52-52, Groebe hit a 3-pointer to put Cornell in front to stay, at 55-52 with 8:20 remaining. Osgood's bucket with 3:05 left gave the Big Red its biggest lead of eight, at 64-56. UAlbany scored the next five points and had a chance to tie, but Ambrose's driving shot in the lane in the final seconds missed. Ferry added a last-second free throw for Cornell to close the scoring.

"Our effort was good and we are already better defensively than we were last year," UAlbany coach Will Brown said. "But we gave up too many offensive rebounds and Cornell made some big shots down the stretch. "Mike Black is our best player and we were up nine and had momentum when he went out."

With Black sidelined, the Big Red, who reached last year's NCAA regional semifinals after winning their third consecutive Ivy League championship, reversed a 26-17 deficit with 11 of the game next's 13 points. Jonathan Gray hit two of his four 3-pointers in the stretch, including one from the top of the arc that drew his team even at 28 apiece.

"He runs the show for us," said Aronhalt about Black's absence. "It's very tough. We play with him in practice every day. I thought (Jon) Iati and (Ralph) Watts did a good job at the point."

In the second half, Cornell led 52-46 after Gray canned another three-point field goal from the left corner. But the Great Danes fought back with three consecutive baskets. Aronhalt made a jumper, before Ambrose connected on bank shot from the left side. Devlin, a 6'8" freshman who also grabbed nine rebounds, scored in the lane off Ambrose's feed from left of the key.

"There were a lot of positives," Devlin stated. "We played hard as a team, pushed the ball on offense and worked on defense. We need to focus more on rebounding. They had too many offensive rebounds and hurt us from the three-point line."

Albany, N.Y. -- Senior guard Max Groebe scored 15 points and senior forward Aaron Osgood added 14 as Cornell outscored the UAlbany in the final minutes for a 65-61 win in the season-opening men’s basketball contest for both teams on Friday evening at SEFCU Arena.

Andrew Ferry and Anthony Gatlin added 12 points apiece for the Big Red. UAlbany’s Tim Ambrose led all scorers with 20 points off the bench. Logan Aronhalt added 13 points for the Great Danes, who were opening home for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign. Luke Devlin and Mike Black had 10 apiece. Black, a sophomore guard, scored all of his points in the first half as he helped UAlbany build an early 12-point lead at 22-10 before leaving with an ankle injury for the remainder of the contest. The Great Danes led at the half, 37-35.

With the score tied at 52-52, Groebe hit a 3-pointer to put Cornell in front to stay, at 55-52 with 8:20 remaining. Osgood’s bucket with 3:05 left gave the Big Red its biggest lead of eight, at 64-56. UAlbany scored the next five points and had a chance to tie, but Ambrose’s driving shot in the lane in the final seconds missed. Ferry added a last-second free throw for Cornell to close the scoring.

“Our effort was good and we are already better defensively than we were last year,” UAlbany coach Will Brown said. “But we gave up too many offensive rebounds and Cornell made some big shots down the stretch. “Mike Black is our best player and we were up nine and had momentum when he went out.”

With Black sidelined, the Big Red, who reached last year’s NCAA regional semifinals after winning their third consecutive Ivy League championship, reversed a 26-17 deficit with 11 of the game next’s 13 points. Jonathan Gray hit two of his four 3-pointers in the stretch, including one from the top of the arc that drew his team even at 28 apiece.

“He runs the show for us,” said Aronhalt about Black’s absence. “It’s very tough. We play with him in practice every day. I thought (Jon) Iati and (Ralph) Watts did a good job at the point.”

In the second half, Cornell led 52-46 after Gray canned another three-point field goal from the left corner. But the Great Danes fought back with three consecutive baskets. Aronhalt made a jumper, before Ambrose connected on bank shot from the left side. Devlin, a 6’8” freshman who also grabbed nine rebounds, scored in the lane off Ambrose’s feed from left of the key.

“There were a lot of positives,” Devlin stated. “We played hard as a team, pushed the ball on offense and worked on defense. We need to focus more on rebounding. They had too many offensive rebounds and hurt us from the three-point line.”


By Tae Andrews
Rush The Court

New coach, fresh faces, same result. Balanced scoring, timely three pointers and Big Red’s brand of cerebral basketball combined to make new coach Bill Courtney a winner in his inaugural contest as Cornell prevailed over Albany, 65-61. Max Groebe paced Cornell with 15 points, leading four Big Red players in double digits. In the post, senior forward Aaron Osgood combined a nifty slew of post moves with some blue collar hustle play to contribute 14 points and five rebounds.

The Great Danes used stingy defense in the early going to harangue Cornell into 12-for-30 shooting in the first half, but in the end, the Big Red’s balance and depth proved too much to overcome, despite the best efforts of the Great Danes and a boisterous crowd at UAlbany’s SEFCU Arena. On a night where Cornell combined to shoot just 10 for 28 from beyond the arc, Big Red didn’t display the hot hands that propelled it to a Sweet Sixteen run a year ago, but Cornell made enough long balls when it needed them to put down the Great Danes, who look much improved coming off a disastrous 7-25 campaign a year ago.

Coach Courtney stated the obvious after the game. “Any time you can win on the road, it’s a good thing,” he said. UAlbany used swarming defense and physical play to stake a 37-35 lead after one half of play, but a key injury towards the end of the first half sorely impacted Albany’s prospects for victory. Albany point guard Mike Black went down hard after a drive to the hoop with 5:35 remaining in the first half. Black was called for a charging foul, then lay writhing on the floor in agony, clutching his left ankle, before being helped off the court. With Black out with a dreaded high ankle sprain, Jacob Iati and Ralph Watts alternated shifts manning the point for the Great Danes. Black had chipped in ten points on 3-of-4 shooting before going down to injury.

“They shot the ball well, hats off to [them],” Albany coach Will Brown said after the game, “but if Mike Black doesn’t go down I like our chances. I’m not going to take anything away from Cornell. I felt going into the game Mike Black was going to be the best player in the game… For our team, he’s the engine.” Brown went on to say that Black’s status is day to day, and he didn’t rule out a comeback for Monday’s game against American.

Big Red point guard Chris Wroblewski also missed the game with a sprained right ankle. Wroblewski is the lone returning starter from last year’s squad, which went 29-5 and won the Ivy League title before succumbing to Kentucky in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament. In a game marked by the absence of starting point guards, Cornell’s role players ended up making the difference. Cornell’s offensive attack used its trademark passing time after time to swing the ball to open shooters for clear looks from long range. Andrew Ferry and Johnathan Gray were only too happy to oblige, combining to shoot 7-for-18 from downtown.

Gray, just a year removed from a stint as the Cornell team’s basketball manager, made the most of his time on the court, contributing twelve points and two rebounds. Gray found the range from deep time after time, connecting on four of six three pointers to lead Big Red. Gray also made a variety of hustle plays all over the court, leading his coach to describe his play as being similar to a “Tazmanian Devil.”

On the other sideline, Albany’s fans caught a glimpse of the program’s past, present and future in the performances of guards Tim Ambrose and Logan Aronholt. Ambrose, who has the words “BAM” and “BAM” tattooed on the back of both of his triceps, provided clutch bucket after clutch bucket, scoring on a crafty array of pull-up bank shots, long jumpers and forays towards the basket. Aronholt, who was named a captain in October, contributed 13 points on 6-16 shooting to add to the one-two scoring punch the Great Danes needed to remain in the game. Ambrose, a captain on last year’s squad and as one of two seniors on the team, the unit’s grizzled veteran, poured in 20 points on 8-12 shooting.

Two years removed from an America East Conference championship, UAlbany suffered through a 7-25 campaign last year, but has plenty of positives in the early going this season despite the injury the Mike Black. UAlbany’s tough defense made this one a tense, hard-fought contest before Cornell decided the outcome in the final minute.

Cornell’s signature shot — the three ball — kept Big Red in the game.

Noteworthy

Prior to the game, “Growl Towels” were draped over the seats in preparation for the showdown with Cornell… Area standout Galal Cancer, rated a two-star recruit by Scout.com and given a 75 rating by ESPN Insiders, committed to Cornell earlier this year. Cancer currently plays point guard for Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, where he led CBA to the 2010 New York State AA Championship, the first in school history. Cancer’s final decision came down to choosing between Cornell and Albany, and he said the opportunity to attend an Ivy League school ultimately made the decision for him. “I just thought about college and when I’d be done playing basketball, he said. “I felt that Cornell would present me with more opportunities with the alumni connection they have.” … In the end, a sizeable contingent of Cornell fans in attendance roared following the Big Red victory.


By Brian Delaney
Ithaca Journal
November 12, 2010

A terrific all-around performance from senior Adam Wire coupled with a key free throw from junior transfer Andrew Ferry with 2.5 seconds left helped Bill Courtney to his first win as Cornell's men's basketball coach Friday night.

The Big Red overcame a near disastrous start Friday night at the SEFCU Arena, playing the first 12 minutes about as tentatively as possible without its best player, junior point guard Chris Wroblewski.

Cornell recovered before Albany built too big of a lead, scrapped together enough positive plays -- including a number from Wire -- and left Albany with a 65-61 victory in both team's 2010-11 season opener.

Ferry's front end of a one-and-one with 2.5 seconds left sealed the win.

"A lot of guys stepped up," a relieved Courtney said. "We were so shook (up) in those first nine minutes of the game. I didn't even recognize our team. We were just so nervous."

The nervousness wore off before long, helped by a surprisingly calm presence off the bench-- sophomore guard Johnathan Gray.

Gray, who played a total of 9 minutes last season as a manager-turned-walk-on-freshman, contributed 19 minutes Friday night. He made four 3-pointers, scored 12 points, and committed just one turnover.

His presence was necessitated by two early fouls to classmate Miles Asafo-Adjei, who started at point guard for the injured Wroblewski.

"Johnny Gray was huge," Courtney said. "We moved him to point guard a week and a half ago."

The key sequence in the second half began when Max Groebe (15 points) sank a 3 to give Cornell a 55-52 lead with 8:20 remaining. Over the next five minutes, buckets from Errick Peck, Ferry and Aaron Osgood pushed Cornell's lead to 64-56.

A 3-pointer from Albany's Luke Devlin cut the hosts deficit to 64-61 with 34 seconds left. Wire missed the front end of a one-and-one, but Cornell got a defensive stop when Tim Ambrose (18 points) missed a shot in the lane that Osgood altered, then rebounded.

Osgood, a 6-9 senior center, had 14 points and five rebounds in 27 minutes. Ferry finished with 12 points.
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But it was Wire who sparked the win, despite scoring just two points. In 31 hyper-active minutes, he produced eight assists and 11 rebounds, six offensive, against just two turnovers.

"He was like the Tasmanian Devil," Courtney said.

Albany coach Will Brown said Wire's activity on the glass killed his team, which finished last season with a program-worst 25 losses. Losing sophomore guard Mike Black to a first-half ankle injury didn't help his team's cause.

"Wire had no points, and I thought he was their best player," said Brown, forgetting innocently enough about Wire's one field goal in the second half. "Their offensive rebounds hurt us. They outscored us 30-12 from 3, but we knew that was a strength of theirs. But the offensive rebounds were what bothered us."

Cornell trailed by as many as 12 with a little more than 8 minutes left in the first half. Helped by the three-point shot, Cornell rallied.

A Wire offensive rebound and kickout led to a 3 from Gray that tied the game at 28 with 2:56 left. Cornell took the lead 30 seconds later when Wire set up a 3-pointer from Ferry.

Considering the slow start, Cornell was content to trail just 37-35 at halftime.

"The main thing, just nerves," Wire said. "We came out timid; we weren't attacking and we got a couple possessions in transition, got a couple 3s, and that kind of got us going."

With a trip to Seton Hall set for Sunday, getting a win in adverse conditions was about the best thing that could happen to a team rebuilding from the departure of a highly successful eight-man senior class.

Wroblewski didn't play, and Peck struggled to a three-point night because of what Courtney attributed to nerves and foul trouble.

"I think it's just good for our confidence," Groebe said. "We didn't play well at all ll, and we came out with a win."


By Andrew Santillo
Troy Record
November 13, 2010

ALBANY — As Mike Black drove the lane with five minutes remaining in the first half, Cornell defender Aaron Osgood stepped in front of him and the University at Albany saw its motor come to a sputtering halt.

Black landed awkwardly on his left ankle and had to be helped off the court. He didn’t return to the game and spent the second half on the bench with a cast on his ankle.

To the Great Danes credit, they stayed strong, but in the end it was Cornell who pulled out a 65-61 victory non-conference season-opener in front of 3,983 at SEFCU Arena on Friday night.

“For our team, he’s the engine,” said UAlbany coach Will Brown, referring to his sophomore point guard.

The Great Danes (0-1) led 26-17 when Black went down, having to be helped off the floor by trainer Jay Geiger and teammate Derrek Tartt.

UAlbany was playing well, but when Black went down, just a little bit seemed to come out of their hard-charging start.

“Losing Mike definitely hurts us,” said sophomore guard Logan Aronhalt. “He runs the show.”

Cornell immediately went on an 8-0 run, cutting the lead to just one in less than a minute.

Black scored 10 points in the first 13 minutes, but after he went down the game see-sawed back and forth.

Despite the loss of their motor, the Danes looked nothing like the team that struggled to a 7-25 record, a season ago.

“This team is so much better as a team,” Brown said. “They play extremely hard.”

Asked if his team wins with Black out on the floor, Brown was optimistic.

“I like our chances,” he said. “I’m not going to take anything away from Cornell.”

Bill Courtney knew just how Brown felt.

His point guard, junior Chris Wroblewski, suited up, but didn’t play because of a sprained ankle.

“It takes away when you lose your leader, your point guard that way,” said Courtney, who was coaching his first game for the Big Red.

The game was tied at 52 with 9:21 remaining, when Cornell (1-0) hit two of their 10 3-pointers sandwiched around an Aronhalt hoop, to give them a 4-point lead.

“Those shots take it from a one possession game to a two possession game,” Brown said. “They take it from a two possession game to a three possession game.”

Still, the Great Danes had a chance late in the game.

UAlbany had the ball, down three, with 14 seconds remaning, after a missed free throw, but couldn’t score the qualizier.

Ambrose, who moved into the top 25 on the program’s all-time scoring list, led all scorers with 20 points, but he had a couple hurried plays late that cost his team.

“I thought, for the majority of the game, Timmy played really well tonight,” Brown said. “He forced a little bit of action down the stretch, but he played well overall.”

Cornell beat UAlbany for the first time in four all-time meetings and it took everything they had, a free throw from Andrew Ferry with three seconds to remaining to give the Big Red a four-point lead.

“I thought we played well,” said Aronhalt, who scored in double figures for the fourth straight time, dating back to last season.


By Dan Froats
Cornell Daily Sun
November 13, 2010

It was the question that had been on every fan’s mind since last March. After losing eight players to graduation –– including four starters and two former Ivy League Player of the Year award winners –– and the most influential coach in program history, what could be expected of the 2010-11 Bill Courtney-led Cornell men’s basketball team? With 8:34 remaining in the first half and the Red down 22-10 to the University of Albany Friday evening, it seemed we had an answer. Cornell looked nervous, inexperienced and outmatched against a Great Danes team that went just 7-25 a year ago; seemingly the exact opposite type of performance that had been expected during the previous three championship seasons that had brought relevance to the Cornell basketball program.

Not so fast. Although last night’s Red team featured plenty of new faces and was without the team’s only returning starter from a year ago, junior guard Chris Wroblewski, it showed the same heart of years passed and outscored the Great Danes, 25-15, to end the half en route to a 65-61 victory and a 1-0 record for the sixth straight year.

So how does this year’s team match up with the 2009-10 Sweet Sixteen Cinderella? Last year’s team –– led by Ryan Wittman –– was defined by the three-point shot, averaging over 22 attempts per game and making an NCAA-high 43.4% of those attempts. Friday night was no different, as Cornell netted 10 of 28 three-point shots. Guard Jonathan Gray led the barrage, drilling four of his six attempts from beyond the arc with his biggest conversion giving the Red a 58-54 lead with just over six minutes remaining in the second half. The sophomore –– who just last year was a team manager –– finished with 12 points off the bench.

Senior guard Max Groebe also contributed from deep, sinking 3 of 5 treys on his way to a team-high 15 points. Guard Andrew Ferry had a little more trouble finding the bottom of the net, but still accumulated 12 points on 3 of 12 three-pointers. The junior transfer came through when it mattered the most, nailing a free throw with 2.5 seconds remaining to ice the game for the Red.

Another key piece to last year’s puzzle was big man Jeff Foote. No, the Red did not send a 7-footer onto the floor Friday evening, but senior forward Aaron Osgood did his best Foote impression with a 14-point, 5-rebound effort.

Then there was the spark plug known as Louis Dale. If the Red was a racecar often lapping its opponents a year ago, Dale was the driver; a role that senior Adam Wire assumed Friday night. While the former and the latter are as different in every aspect of the game as any two players can be, there is no denying the similarities between last year’s spark plug and Friday night’s catalyst. Wire was all over the floor for the Red, diving on loose balls, corralling offensive boards and creating open shots for his teammates. The two points he scored can be deceiving, but the 11 rebounds (six offensive) and eight assists are an undeniable result of hustle and aggressiveness that had even Albany coach Will Brown impressed.

In fact, it was a play by Wire with 8:25 left in the first half that started the initial 15-5 run by the Red that closed the early hole the team had dug for itself. After returning to the game after a long rest and immediately turning the ball over, Wire exhibited a short memory in driving into the lane and finding Groebe for an easy lay-up with a perfect bounce-pass. From that point forward the Cornell offense found its rhythm, as Groebe connected three more times –– twice from beyond the arc –– and Gray added a trey of his own to pull Cornell within one point, 25-26. For the rest of the period, scores rained in from both squads as Cornell entered halftime down just two, 37-35.

The only break in the frantic run came at a scary moment with 5:35 left in the half, when Albany guard and leading scorer at the time, Mike Black, wildly drove down the lane for a lay-up attempt and was called for a charge while landing awkwardly on his left ankle. The result was an ankle sprain for the Great Danes’ best player and a key shift in the game’s momentum.

“Mike Black is our best player and we were up nine and had momentum when he went down,” Brown said in a post-game press conference.

The first seven minutes of the second half proceeded just as the first half had concluded, with Albany holding a 46-44 advantage with 13:47 to play. That was the last lead the home team would hold, as a three-ball from Ferry put the Red up a point. Gray added a three-pointer to extend the lead to six, but three straight buckets from Albany found the game tied once again at 52 apiece. Two more deep balls from Groebe and Gray put Cornell back in control and Ferry’s free throw with 2.5 seconds left shattered any hopes of a late-game rally by the Danes.

Tim Ambrose led all Albany scorers with 20 points off the bench, and guard Logan Aronhalt and forward Luke Devlin added 13 and 10 points, respectively. Black had scored 10 points for the Great Danes before leaving with the ankle injury.

Errick Peck’s much anticipated starting debut for Cornell was anticlimactic, as the sophomore forward finished with just three points on 1 of 5 shooting.

By Tim Wilkin
Albany Times Union
November 13, 2010

ALBANY -- The last thing Will Brown needed to see was this: With 5:35 left in the first half of the University at Albany's basketball opener Friday night, he saw Mike Black rolling around the SEFCU Arena floor, writhing in pain.

He grabbed his left ankle and that was not good.

"Oh (expletive)," is what Brown said when he saw the smooth sophomore guard in a world of pain.

When Black had to be helped off the floor, the chances of UAlbany beating Cornell went with him. What looked like a sure win early, turned into a 65-61 loss late.

Without the steady point guard -- Brown calls him the best player in America East -- the Great Danes looked shaky on offense and shakier on defense. When Black went down, UAlbany had a 26-17 lead.

Thirty-three seconds later, Cornell was only down three and the game was a fight to the wire. Black came back to the UAlbany bench midway through the second half on crutches and the left leg taped from the ankle to the knee. There was also a splint on the leg.

When the game was finished, the focus was clearly on Black. Brown said he feared that his point guard had a high ankle sprain. Black, hobbling around the empty SEFCU on crutches, said it's not a high ankle sprain and he has minimal swelling.

He said he hopes he can play Monday night when the Great Danes play American University at home.

"It's sore right now," Black said. "I am going to try my best and the training room will be my second home. Man, I've never been on crutches in my life and I am not that good at it. I was going in for a layup and I rolled the ankle. When I went down, I knew it was bad."

Cornell rookie coach Bill Courtney was without his point guard, Chris Wroblewski, who is the only player with extended playing time back from last year's Cornell team that won an Ivy League record 29 games and got to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

"He (Black) is obviously an important part of their team," Courtney said. "We went on a run as soon as he went out. I can certainly understand what Will is going through when you lose your point guard."

Black had scored 10 points and was doing a solid job of running Brown's offense. When he went down, Brown didn't have anyone who could come close to replacing him.

In the second half, Cornell took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Andrew Ferry -- one of 10 on the night for the Big Red -- with 13:05 left. Cornell led 47-46 and would never give the lead back.

The closest Albany got was 64-61 with 34 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Luke Devlin. The Great Danes had one more chance with seven seconds left, but senior Tim Ambrose, the game's leading scorer with 20 points, chose to drive the lane rather than shoot a game-tying 3-pointer. A free throw by Ferry iced it with three seconds left.

Now, the Danes try to regroup and hope that Black's injury isn't a bad one.

"I think we are a better team with Mike, but I don't think we need him to win," said sophomore co-captain Logan Aronhalt, who had 13 points.

Brown said he will take it day-to-day with Black. He doesn't expect to have him Monday and says if he doesn't play against American, he won't make the trip to Georgia Tech on Wednesday.

"Someone else is going to get an opportunity," Brown said. "I will hold Mike out until he is healthy. I am not going to risk it. I want him ready to go for conference play."

Tim Wilkin can be reached at 454-5415 or by e-mail at twilkin@timesunion.com.

CORNELL 65, UALBANY 61

CORNELL (1-0)

Player Min FG FT R A Pts

Osgood 27 6-7 2-3 5 1 14

Peck 17 1-5 1-2 1 0 3

Groebe 30 5-10 2-2 4 1 15

Asafo-Adjei 18 0-3 0-0 1 1 0

Wire 31 1-2 0-1 11 8 2

Gatlin 3 0-0 0-0 1 0 0

Ferry 27 4-15 1-2 1 2 12

Gray 19 4-6 0-0 2 0 12

Tarwater 13 2-3 1-2 0 1 5

Coury 13 1-2 0-0 1 0 2

Sahota 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Team 4

Totals - 24-53 7-12 31 14 65

UALBANY (0-1)

Player Min FG FT R A Pts

Devlin 33 4-8 1-2 9 1 10

Puk 22 1-2 0-0 4 1 2

Aronhalt 33 6-16 0-0 5 0 13

Black 13 3-4 4-4 1 0 10

Moore 15 1-2 0-0 0 1 2

Iati 15 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

Metcalf 15 1-2 0-2 5 0 2

Watts 20 0-1 0-0 0 1 0

Ambrose 30 8-12 2-4 3 4 20

Lindfors 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 2

Team 4

Totals - 25-48 7-12 31 9 61

Halftime--UAlbany, 37-35. 3-point goals--Cornell 10-28 (Peck 0-1, Groebe 3-5, Asafo-Adjei 0-3, Ferry 3-12, Gray 4-6, Tarwater 0-1), UAlbany 4-12 (Devlin 1-3, Aronhalt 1-6, Ambrose 2-3). Fouled out--None. Blocked shots--Cornell 0, UAlbany 0. Turnovers--Cornell 13 (Osgood 2, Peck 2, Groebe 2, Asafo-Adjei, Wire 2, Ferry 2, Gray, Coury), UAlbany 16 (Devlin 2, Black 4, Moore, Iati, Watts 2, Ambrose 6). Steals--Cornell 8 (Peck 2, Groebe, Asafo-Adjei, Wire, Ferry 2, Tarwater), UAlbany 4 (Black, Iati, Metcalf, Ambrose). A--3,983.


5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well. SlopeTV has to interview Jonny Gray now don't they. What a pleasant surprise.

ARO, Groebe, Wire, Ferry just doing what they are expected to do IMHO. Tarwater & Jonny the unexpected heroes.

Anonymous said...

NBC, oops Gray not Gatlin had 12

Anonymous said...

Anybody else kind of think the Albany coach looks like Nicholas Cage?

And in a related note, good mental toughness win by the team. Never easy to come back from an early deficit when you're a young squad.

Anonymous said...

s/o to Max Groebe for being our top scorer last night.

Anonymous said...

With all the good things written about Figini in the preseason, why didn't he play?