Monday, November 29, 2010

Syracuse Athletics Game Notes for Cornell

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Game Info Tuesday, November 30 | 7 p.m. | Game Notes
Location Carrier Dome | Tickets
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Live Stats | Live Video/Audio | Press Conference

TV/Radio BIG EAST Network | TK99

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse returns to the Carrier Dome on Tuesday, November 30, to host Central New York foe Cornell at 7 p.m. The Orange is 6-0 this season and climbed to the No. 8 spot in this week’s Associated Press poll. The Big Red enters the game with a 2-4 record this season.

Tickets for Tuesday’s game are available online, by phone (1-888-DOMETIX) or in person at the Carrier Dome Box Office. Fans not in attendance can watch the game live on the BIG EAST Network or listen to the action via the Syracuse ISP Radio Network and its flagship TK99 (99.5 FM). The audio stream of the broadcast will be available on Orange All Access on Subscriptions to Orange All Access are available at daily, monthly and yearly rates.

Senior Rick Jackson was named the MVP of the Legends Classic after helping Syracuse claim the tournament title. He averaged 10 points and 13 rebounds in the semifinals and final played in Atlantic City, N.J. Jackson went 5-for-6 from the floor for 10 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the championship game against Georgia Tech.

Jackson continues to lead the BIG EAST in rebounding, averaging 13.0 per game. He has posted double-doubles in five consecutive games, giving him 12 in his career.

Syracuse defeated Georgia Tech, 80-76, to win the Legends Classic championship on Saturday, November 27 in Atlantic City, N.J. Senior Rick Jackson scored 10 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and earned the tournament MVP award. Junior Kris Joseph led the Orange in scoring with 19 points and was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Georgia Tech led by as many as nine points in the first half, but the Orange ended the half on a 7-0 scoring run to take a 38-36 halftime lead. Freshman C.J. Fair had five points during the run, including his first career three-pointer which gave Syracuse its first lead of the game.

The Yellow Jackets outscored the Orange, 9-2, to start the second half to take a 47-40 lead. With Syracuse trailing 49-44, freshman Baye Moussa Keita recorded his second basket of night, starting SU on a 22-4 scoring run, which gave the Orange its largest lead of the night at 66-53. After Georgia Tech battled back to cut the lead to five, Jackson’s dunk on an alley-oop pass from Jardine extend Syracuse’s lead to seven as it went to its sixth consecutive victory.

Freshman Dion Waiters scored a career-best 13 points, while Keita finished with 10 points. The Orange shot a season-best 55.6 percent (25-for-45) from the field and recorded season highs in free throws attempted (38) and made (26).

Cornell enters Tuesday’s game with a 2-4 record. The Big Red has been on the losing end of close games in its last three contests. Cornell lost to St. Bonaventure on its home floor, 56-54, before losing at Lehigh, 60-57. On Saturday, the Big Red lost at Boston University, 66-61.

Chris Wroblewski is Cornell’s leading scorer this season, averaging 15.3 points per game. He also leads the squad in assists with 21. He is one of two players who are averaging double digits in scoring. The other is Drew Ferry (10.2 ppg.). Adam Wire leads Cornell on the boards, averaging 7.2 rebounds per game. He has led the Big Red in rebounding in five of six games this season.

Bill Courtney is in his first season at the helm of the Cornell program. He took over the Big Red after spending one year as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech, where he helped the Hokies to a 25-9 record and a spot in the NIT quarterfinals. Courtney also served as an assistant coach at Virginia and George Mason.

Syracuse leads the all-time series with Cornell, 86-31. The Big Red’s last victory against the Orange came in 1968 when it defeated the Orange, 93-81.

Last season Syracuse beat Cornell, 88-73, in the Carrier Dome. Brandon Triche scored a then career-high 21 points to lead the Orange. Syracuse used a balanced scoring attack as nine different players scored, including four in double figures. Chris Wroblewski led Cornell with 20 points.

Syracuse hosts North Carolina State on Saturday, December 4 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available online, by phone (1-888-DOMETIX) or in person at the Carrier Dome Box Office.

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