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GAME INFORMATION
Game #12:
Cornell vs. Wofford
Tip off: Thursday, Dec. 30, at 5:00 p.m.
Site: Verizon Wireless Arena (7,500), Richmond, Va.
2010-11 Records: Cornell (2-9, 0-0 Ivy League); Wofford (5-7, 2-0 Southern)
Series Record: Teams Have Never Met
Last Meeting: First Meeting

HEAD COACH BILL COURTNEY
Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his first season at Cornell (2-9, .182) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher '44 Coach of Men's Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.


THE STORY LINES
• Yet another heartbreaking loss, its sixth by five points or less in its last eight games, has relegated the Big Red to the consolation game of the 2010 Richmond Marriott Holidays on the Hardwood Tournament where it will face defending Southern Conference champion Wofford.
• Cornell dropped a 68-66 contest to the Wildcats on Wednesday afternoon in the first round despite having four chances to tie or take the lead in the final 30 seconds.
• The Terriers dropped a 75-66 contest to the host school to fall to 5-7 with very respectable losses to Minnesota, Clemson, Georgetown, Xavier and South Carolina, all on the road.
• Though the two teams have never played, they nearly met last season in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. Cornell handled No. 5 seed Temple, 78-65, just two hours before Wofford narrowly dropped a 53-49 contest to No. 4 seed Wisconsin. The Big Red swamped the Badgers two days later (87-69) to advance to the Sweet 16.
• Cornell's last contest against a Southern Conference squad also came during an in-season tournament and was a show-stopper. The Big Red hit shots at the buzzer in regulation to tie and in overtime to knock off Davidson 91-88 at Madison Square Garden in the 2009 MSG Holiday Festival last December. Louis Dale's layup with a second to play tied the game, while Ryan Wittman's 35-foot 3-pointer as time expired in the extra session gave Cornell the win. The next day, the Big Red topped St. John's 71-66 to win the tournament.

ABOUT WOFFORD
• 2010-11 Record: 5-7 (2-0 Southern)
• Conference: Southern
• Head Coach: Mike Young (Emory and Henry '86), ninth season at Wofford
• An NCAA tournament team a year ago after winning the Southern Conference, Wofford is 5-7 after a 75-66 loss to VCU on Wednesday evening.
• The Terriers have played a tremendously challenging schedule, with narrow losses on the road to Minnesota, Clemson, Georgetown, Xavier and South Carolina.
• Wofford is among the national leaders in 3-point field goal percentage at .399. Three of the team's top four primary shooters are over 40 percent.
• Noah Dahlman leads three double figure scorers at 18.6 ppg. on 54 percent shooting.
• Jamar Diggs (13.1 ppg.) and Carmeron Rundles (12.8 ppg.) are also in double figures.
• Tim Johnson is the team's leading rebounder at 9.1 per game.

CORNELL VS. THE SOUTHERN CONFERENCE: Cornell is 3-1 all-time against current members of the Southern Conference and will be playing Wofford for the first time in program history. The Big Red has played Davidson (1-0), Georgia Southern (1-0) and UNC Greensboro (1-1) previously, while never having played Appalachian State, Charleston, Chattanooga, Citadel, Elon, Furman, Samford or Western Carolina. This is the only scheduled meeting this season against a team from the Southern Conference.

THE STREAKS
• Cornell is 74-30 in the last four seasons (.712).
• The Big Red is 38-4 in Ivy League contests over the last three years (.905).
• Cornell is 42-5 over its last 47 home games (.894), including 25-3 in the last three seasons (.893) and 37-4 over the last four (.902).
• The team is 21-12 in its last 33 games away from Newman Arena (.636) and 16-10 in its last 26 true road games (.615).
• In non-conference games, the Big Red is 36-26 over the last four seasons (.581).
• The Big Red has lost eight straight games and is looking to avoid its first nine-game losing skid in one season since also dropping nine straight over two seasons spanning the 2000-01 and 2001-02 campaigns. The streak was actually extended to 11 games against Division I competition, finally ending with a 77-45 victory over crosstown Division III foe Ithaca College.

CORNELL BEYOND THE ARC — 600 AND COUNTING: The Big Red hit six 3-pointers against New Hampshire on Dec. 29, its 610th consecutive game with a made trey. With five 3-pointers at Seton Hall on Nov. 14, Cornell extended its streak of games with at least one 3-pointer to 600. The last time Cornell did not hit a 3-pointer was against Denison in the 1988-89 season opener (0-for-2). Since the 3-point shot came into effect in NCAA play during the 1986-87 season, Cornell has hit at least one shot behind the arc in 659 of 663 games, connecting on 4,048 treys, an average of 6.1 per game. Cornell has set records for treys in a season in each of the previous three years, going from 228 in 2007-08 to 241 in 2008-09 and to 326 a year ago. The Big Red hit for double figures in 3-pointers 18 times in 2009-10, including an Ivy League single-game record 20 vs. Brown. Cornell hit 10 treys in the 2010-11 season opener at Albany, and has hit double digits four times this year.

BOMBS AWAY: Cornell has made 97 3-pointers in its first 11 contests, this season. The 8.9 3-pointers per game would rank second all-time in a season for the Big Red (behind only last year's 9.6 per game) and ranks 11th among all Division I teams as of Dec. 5. Last season, Cornell ranked first nationally in 3-point percentage (.430) and third in 3-pointers made per game, and ranked in the top 20 nationally in 3-point percentage in 2008-09 (fourth, .411), 2007-08 (fourth, .409) and 2006-07 (18th, .396).

NOTING THE NEW HAMPSHIRE GAME:
• Sophomore Errick Peck had 19 points in just 19 minutes, falling two points shy of a career high.
• Sophomore guard Johnathan Gray earned his first career start.
• The start of the game was delayed more than 10 minutes due to the late arrival of the officials, who were stuck in Beltway traffic.
• New Hampshire was held to four offensive rebounds after entering the contest averaging better than 14 per contest.
• Senior Aaron Osgood tied a career-high with seven rebounds.
• Cornell had a positive assist:turnover ratio for the sixth consecutive game, all losses.
• The Big Red's opponent had a negative assist:turnover ratio for the seventh time in 11 contests.
• The loss snapped a nine-game win streak in in-season tournament games.
• Cornell's eight-game losing streak is the longest in one season since also dropping eight straight from Jan. 10-Feb. 11, 1994. The last losing streak of nine games or more came over the 1999-2000 (last four games) and 2000-01 seasons (first five games).

STREAKS AND STRETCHES:
• Sophomore Errick Peck has scored in double figures in five straight games, averaging 16.4 points on .509 shooting (29-of-57) after averaging just 4.2 points on .231 shooting (9-of-39) over the first six contests.
• Junior Chris Wroblewski has shot just .277 (18-of-65) from the field and .265 from 3-point range (9-of-34) in his last six contests. He has made up for that by getting to the free-throw line and connecting at a .889 clip (24-of-27) during the same span.
• Wroblewski has been credited with at least six assists in five of his last six contests.
• In three games since returning from a knee injury, senior Aaron Osgood has scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 43 minutes of action.
• Junior Drew Ferry has hit at least three 3-pointers in six of the team's 11 games so far this season, including in five of the last six.
• In his last three games, senior Adam Wire has collected nine assists and two turnovers.
• Cornell's opponents have hit more 3-pointers than the Big Red just once in 11 games (Seton Hall, 10-5).
• After shooting under 40 percent from the floor in five straight contests, Cornell has shot 40 percent or better in three straight games.
• The Big Red held three of its first six opponents under 40 percent shooting, just three of the last five teams have shot 50 percent or better.
• After allowing 13.5 offensive rebounds per game over the team's first eight contests, Cornell has limited opponents to 5.7 offensive rebounds in the last three games.
• Eight straight opponents have shot at least 20 free throws against Cornell.

NEXT UP: Cornell returns home to open the 2011 portion of its schedule when it plays host to Buffalo on Monday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. at Newman Arena at Bartels Hall.

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