Friday, November 19, 2010

News and Notes: Game Night Edition

Below, some news and notes...

It's a road trip Friday for Big 4 basketball teams as the Niagara and St. Bonaventure men are in action along with the Niagara and Buffalo women.

The Bonnies (1-1) begin a three-game road trip with a 7 p.m. tip at Cornell. Bona is coming off its first win of the season -- a home victory against Arkansas-Little Rock, which saw senior guard Ogo Adegboye net a career-high 17 points.

Junior forward Andrew Nicholson has back-to-back 20-point performances, scoring 25 in Sunday's win and 23 in a season-opening loss at Canisius.

The Big Red are 2-1 with wins over Albany and Delaware. Cornell holds an 8-3 lead in the all-time series with Bona, winning the last meeting back in 2004.

  • After Boston College was "upset" by Yale on Thursday night, the Boston Herald noted, "First-year Eagles coach Steve Donahue was 9-11 [in ten seasons] with Cornell against Yale."
Cornell University athletic website was quite prophetic when it described former Pinecrest star Adam Wire.

“No player in the Ivy League may be quite as unique as Wire. Built like a tight end, Wire can affect a game without scoring a point thanks to his high rebounding rate and his high motor on defense. He has unbelievably strong and quick hands, plays the passing lanes and can defend all five positions on the floor.”

The 6-5, 235 pound senior forward grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, handed out a career-high eight assists, scored two points and had a steal in the Big Red’s 65-61 season-opening victory at Albany University.

“Senior Adam Wire did what he always does — influence the game with his hustle and basketball IQ,” reported.

Wire averaged 13 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and three steals during his all-conference senior season at Pinecrest. He has played on three Ivy League championship teams in a row. Last year’s 29-5 Big Red squad lost to Kentucky in the Sweet 16. Coach Steve Donahue left at the end of the season to coach at Boston College. All but one starter from those teams graduated.

With returnee Chris Wroblewski injured, Wire’s two starts as a junior represented the only ones in the starting five new coach Bill Courtney put on the floor against Albany. After a loss to Seton Hall and a win on Wednesday over Delaware, the Big Red take a 2-1 record into tonight’s home game against St. Bonaventure.

  • The Allentown (PA) Morning Call writes, "The [Lehigh] Mountain Hawks (1-1) visit Monmouth on Friday before returning to Stabler Arena on Monday to play defending Ivy League champion and Sweet 16 member Cornell."
  • BU Today of Boston University writes, "The team has been tested early with the season-opening game at crosstown rival Northeastern and a trip to the Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off, which included contests against GW and sixth-ranked Villanova. Games against number 12 Kentucky, 2010 NCAA Sweet 16 participant Cornell, and three Atlantic-10 opponents (La Salle, Saint Joseph’s, and UMass) lie ahead, but Chambers sees the tough nonconference schedule as a positive experience that will help the team gel quickly"
The Cornell men's basketball team enjoys a warm welcome from Newman Nation before the start of their first home game, Nov. 17. (Cornell Chronicle)

At home opener, men's basketball unveils Sweet 16 banner, dismantles Delaware

A few minutes before taking the floor at Newman Arena Nov. 17, the Cornell men's basketball team spent a few minutes looking back.

Just prior to tipoff of the first home game of 2010-11, this year's crop of new and returning players paid homage to the historic 2009-10 season. Cornell's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 run was celebrated with the unveiling of a banner, along with a second banner marking that year's third-straight Ivy League championship.

This year's squad got to work after the brief reminiscence. They beat the University of Delaware Blue Hens, 75-61, which propelled them to a 2-1 start to the season.

Senior guard Max Groebe and junior guard Chris Wroblewski contributed 13 points apiece toward the victory. Senior guard Anthony Gatlin was perfect from the floor, going four-for-four overall, three-for-three from three-point range and one-for-one from the free-throw line for a season-high 12 points. During the second half, Gatlin converted a four-point play that put the Big Red up 49-42 and sent the spectators into a joyous frenzy.

As in years past, the Big Red were spirited from start to finish by the boisterous student section, dotted by "Newman Nation" jerseys and brimming with the usual colorful heckling of the visiting team.

Cornell, whose first-year coach Bill Courtney also got his first taste of Newman Nation, opened the 2010-11 season with a 65-61 win over University of Albany. That was followed by a 68-91 loss at Seton Hall University.

Cornell will host St. Bonaventure University on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.

  • writes, "BIG EAST teams took a combined 29-5 record into Thursday’s games and the conference already has banked some results that could carry some weight with regard to postseason selections. Louisville opened its season with a 15-point win against 2010 NCAA runner-up Butler. Georgetown started with a road win at 2010 Colonial champion Old Dominion. Syracuse opened with a 22-point win against Northern Iowa, which reached the Elite Eight last year, while Seton Hall beat Cornell- a Sweet 16 team in 2010 - by 24 points."
  • Game Recaps-Below are links to our game recaps from each of Cornell's games this season. Associated press recaps courtesy of are always available by clicking on Cornell's schedule/results on the right column of this blog.
  1. Albany W 65-61 (video recaps)
  2. Seton Hall L 68-92
  3. Delaware W 75-61 (video recap)
Friday, November 12
Columbia 71 La Salle 82 Box Score - Recap
Rutgers 73 Princeton 78 OT Box Score - Recap
Cornell 65 Albany 61 Box Score - Recap
Brown 69 Fordham 65 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, November 13
Harvard 53 George Mason 66 Box Score - Recap
Davidson 64 Penn 69 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 52 Providence 87 Box Score - Recap
Yale 75 Quinnipiac 84 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, November 14
Cornell 68 Seton Hall 92 Noon [SNY/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court] Box Score - Recap
Princeton 60 Duke 97 [ESPNU] Box Score - Recap

Monday, November 15
Maryland-Eastern Shore 74 Columbia 108 Box Score - Recap
Yale 55 Providence 58 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, November 16
Brown 67 Rhode Island 92 Box Score - Recap
New Hampshire 55 Dartmouth 53 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, November 17
Delaware 61 Cornell 75 Box Score - Recap
Holy Cross 49 Harvard 72 Box Score - Recap
Penn 54 Manhattan 59 Box Score - Recap
Columbia 66 St. John’s 79 Box Score - Recap

Thursday, November 18
Yale 75 Boston College 67 Box Score - Recap

Friday, November 19
St. Bonaventure at Cornell, 7 pm
Dartmouth at Hartford, 7 pm

Saturday, November 20
Harvard at Mercer, 3 pm
Sacred Heart at Brown, 7 pm
Columbia at Longwood, 7 pm
Drexel at Penn, 7 pm

Sunday, November 21
Dartmouth at Loyola (Md.), Noon

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The standings on the right of the page say that Harvard has 2 wins and 1 loss. I was only aware of 1 win and 1 loss.