Monday, December 13, 2010

Cornell-Bucknell Basketball: 110 Years of Rivalry Returns on Monday, December 20

Above, the February 23, 1900 issue of the Cornell Daily Sun recaps Cornell's February 15, 1900, 29-10 defeat to Bucknell in Lewisberg, Pa. The Sun writes, the defeat was "somewhat due to the smallness of the gymnasium and the poor lights."

According to Cornell Athletics, the February 23, 1900 meeting with Bucknell was Cornell's third official intercollegiate game. Playing mostly YMCA and club teams at that time, since very few colleges had basketball programs in the early 1900s, Cornell's prior official intercollegiate contests were both against Yale on December 25, 1898 and January 26, 1900. Bucknell and Cornell would next meet on February 1, 1919, a 32-24 win by Cornell in Ithaca.

Above, the February 3, 1919 issue of the Cornell Daily Sun headlines the Big Red's 32-24 win over Bucknell in Ithaca on February 1.

In the series, Cornell leads 23-22 after the Big Red won last year’s contest in double overtime,
104-98 in Lewisberg. The teams meet again in Ithaca on December 20.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The 1900 article is hilarious. I see complaining about the referees and making excuses for losses was not something invented in recent times.