Monday, November 22, 2010

Ithaca Journal Previews Cornell at Lehigh

By Brian Delaney
Ithaca Journal
November 22, 2010

Matchup: Cornell (2-2) at Lehigh (1-2), 7 p.m. Monday

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On Cornell

Last time out: Cornell lost an 11-point second-half lead against St. Bonaventure on Friday night and lost 56-54, snapping the Big Red's 12-game winning streak at Newman Arena.

Probable starters: Chris Wroblewski (6-0, 175, Jr., G), Miles Asafo-Adjei (6-2, 170, Soph., G), Max Groebe (6-4, 205, Jr., G), Adam Wire (6-5, 235, Sr., F), Aaron Osgood (6-9, 230, Sr., F).

Statistically: With Wroblewski back in the lineup, Cornell shot 44 percent from behind the three-point arc its last two games. ... Wroblewski's 25 points against St. Bonaventure was a career-high. ... Cornell's four opponents have shot just 27 percent from the three-point line. ... After scoring 33 points in his first two games, Osgood has nine in his last two. ... Cornell is hitting 67 percent (49-for-73) of its free throws.
On Lehigh

Last time out: James Hett hit a go-ahead free throw with 1.1 seconds on the clock, and Monmouth rallied for a 69-68 win over Lehigh on Friday night in West Long Branch, N.J.

Probable starters: C.J. McCollumn (6-3, Soph., G), Mackey McKnight (6-0, Fr., G), Rob Keefer (6-3, Sr., G), John Adams (6-6, Jr., F), Gabe Knutson (6-9, Soph., F).

Statistically: Sixth man Michael Ojo, a 6-5 senior, played his first game against Monmouth and finished with 23 points. ... McCollum was the first player to win Patriot League rookie and player of the year in the same season. He averaged 19.1 points per game as a freshman, helping the Mountain Hawks to a Patriot championship and NCAA tournament berth. ... Lehigh's opponents are shooting just 41 percent from the field.

Both teams are coming off record-setting seasons and NCAA tournament appearances. Unlike Cornell's last three opponents, Lehigh does not own a considerable size advantage up front over the Big Red. That should afford Osgood, Wire, Mark Coury and Errick Peck more scoring opportunities inside. Cornell will need those high-percentage points, too, because Lehigh is a tough defensive team that knows how to win against an Ivy/Patriot style opponent. Wroblewski was terrific against St. Bonaventure, but needs more help. If Cornell can get Peck untracked, that would be a start. He's struggled to find his way through four games, but received a vote of support Friday night from Coach Bill Courtney. For Lehigh, McCollum is a standout. Cornell's been good defensively so far, so it'll be interesting to see how the Big Red defend him. Asafo-Adjei? Groebe? Peck? A combination? One thing is certain - with three games upcoming against very good teams: Boston University, Syracuse and Minnesota -- this is a game Cornell needs to win to get past that tough Bonaventure loss.

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