Wednesday, November 17, 2010

News and Notes: Home Opener & Banner Raising Edition

Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...
  • It is banner night in Ithaca. The Big Red will hoist banners before tip-off of tonight's Delaware game in Newman Arena. Banners will be displayed for Cornell's third consecutive Ivy League championship and appearance in the NCAA Tournament's regionals, the Sweet Sixteen. Get all the information you need about Cornell's games this week vs. Delaware (11/17) and St. Bonvanture (11/19) with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center.
  • Jason King of writes, "Seton Hall looked terrible in a loss at No. 22 Temple in Kevin Willard’s debut. But the Pirates bounced back two days later with a commanding win against Cornell, which made the Sweet 16 last season."
  • The Northwestern blog, writes of Wisconsin, "the one thing Bo Ryan hasn't been able to do with any consistency is go deep into the NCAA tournament, and that trend continued last year, as the Badgers were upset by Cornell in the 2nd round after narrowly escaping Wofford in round one."
  • The Pioneer Press writes, "Ryan Wittman, the former Eden Prairie High School basketball star and son of ex-Wolves coach Randy Wittman, was named player of the week for his Italian Division II team."
  • On the Twittersphere, Wittman tweets on Tuesday evening, "pumped to listen to Barry call the game tomorrow night, i better hear some good nicknames." Also via Twitter, Brian Delaney of the Ithaca Journal tweets, "wroblewski is practicing today." Cornell Athletics also notes the new arrival of the Newman Nation jerseys which will be handed out to the first 1,500 students to arrive on tonight for the Delaware game.
  • Maccabi Tel Aviv recaps its blowout win over Hapoel Holon on November 15 and notes, "With four minutes left, newcomer Jeff Foote came into the game for his first regular season appearance at Nokia, [Arena] where he was greeted by cheers and applause." Below, Foote makes his professional debut with Maccabi.

  • In a rather late published recap from Friday night's action, the Albany Student Press recaps Cornell's win over the Danes as follows:
For the University at Albany men's basketball team, what looked like a promising start to the season could end up becoming their possible downfall.

On Friday, the Great Danes took on Cornell in their first game of what was thought to be a season to start anew. Instead, old habits and the familiar plague of injuries made their return, spelling a 65-61 defeat for the Danes at the hands of the Big Red.

In what was an even harsher blow to the Danes, star guard Mike Black went down with 5:35 remaining in the first half with what was diagnosed as a left ankle sprain after driving inside the paint for a layup.

UAlbany Coach Will Brown said the severity of the injury was unknown, but that his gut feeling was that he would not play in Monday's game against American University or Wednesday's game against Georgia Tech.

That would be a severe setback to the Danes, who would lose Black as their floor general when they need him most.

"I like our chances," Brown said of his team's chance of winning had Black been on the floor. "I'm not going to take anything away from Cornell. I think they played hard, they played well together. I felt going into the game that Mike Black was going to be the best player in the game and I think outside of a couple turnovers I think he showed that he's pretty good.

"For our team, he's the engine, so not having him on the floor allows teams to cheat a little bit more on (guard Logan Aronhalt) and cheat a little bit more on (guard Tim Ambrose)."

Black showed his worth in the time he did play in the game, recording 10 points in just 13 minutes on the floor, leading his team to a 22-10 lead in the first half in what was an excellent start for the Danes.

Before Black's injury, Albany was controlling the floor, using the raucous crowd to their advantage and showing the youthful exuberance that Brown hoped would show through. But with the score at 26-17, Black suffered his injury, marking a turning point in momentum for the game and setting the Big Red on a 14-4 run to put them back in the game.

The Danes were able to stabilize themselves, an aspect of the team that marked a change from last year's squad which would typically crack under pressure.

The team went into halftime with a 37-35 lead and a chance to defeat a Cornell team that advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament last year.

A back-and-forth second half was littered with a variety of players who made significant impacts on the game.

Cornell's Max Groebe, Andrew Ferry and Johnathan Gray together decided to bomb away from behind the three-point arc, as the Big Red finished the game with 28 three-point attempts.

They left their mark on the game with several clutch shots to put their team ahead by as many as eight with 2:57 to play in the game, making the score 64-56.

The Danes fought back hard to try to tie the game, pulling within six on Ambrose's layup at 1:28 and within three at 64-61 with 35 seconds remaining on Australian freshman Luke Devlin's clutch three-pointer.

After Cornell's Adam Wire missed the first shot of a one-and-one from the free throw line, the Danes got the rebound with 14 seconds remaining and a chance to tie the game.

Aronhalt passed the ball up to Jacob Iati who dished off to Ambrose, who decided against the available three-point shot to tie the game and drove into the paint hoping for a foul call. His shot was off the mark and the Big Red came away with the victory.

"I thought we played well," said Aronhalt, who finished the game with 13 points and four rebounds. "The mistakes that we made I think are easily correctable. I think we're better with Mike [Black] but I don't think we need him to win."

Devlin played well, a promising sign for the Danes and the young forward. He finished with seven points and eight rebounds in front of the biggest crowd he's ever played in front of.

"I have to admit I was very nervous coming into today," said Devlin, who was inserted into the starting lineup along with fellow newcomer Russell Moore and redshirt freshman John Puk, also starting his first game as a Dane. "I thought I contributed pretty well. I've never played in front of a crowd that big before so that was an experience in itself. But again, [there were] a lot of positives to come out of the game for myself and for the team."

The Danes played against American on Monday but that game was too late for this edition of the paper.

They play Nov. 17 on the road against Georgia Tech as part of the Legends Classic before going on the road to play Farleigh Dickinson on Saturday.

  • 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
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 at Cornell, 7 pm
Holy Cross at Harvard, 7 pm
Penn at Manhattan, 7 pm
Columbia at St. John’s, 8 pm

Thursday, November 18
Yale at Boston College, 7 pm

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

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