Men's college basketball: In CU debut, Foote proves his worth
S-VE grad posts double-double in Cornell loss
The Ithaca Journal
LEWISBURG, Pa. – At the very least, Jeff Foote showed he belong.In his Cornell and collegiate debut, the 7-foot transfer center out of nearby Spencer-Van Etten High School played 21 minutes Wednesday night in the Big Red’s 88-75 loss to Bucknell at Sojka Pavilion.
While the lopsided outcome overshadowed his contributions – 10 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks – Foote was one of the few players whose effort pleased Cornell coach Steve Donahue.“Jeff played hard,” Donahue said. “I was pleased with him. Obviously, a lot of nervous energy, but at this level he’s obviously a factor in that he can block shots, he goes after balls; he’s a very skilled kid for that size. And he plays hard. Once he gets a little more experience, he’s going to be a good player.”
Foote, along with Collin Robinson and Brian Kreefer, was first off the bench, entering the game at the 15:58 mark of the first half. His first points didn’t come until late in the half, when he banked in an 8-footer from the left side of the lane.The bulk of his statistical production came in the second half, when Cornell was trying to slice into Bucknell’s 17-point halftime lead.
Foote scored eight of his 10 points after the intermission, and grabbed nine second-half rebounds in 14 minutes. He made 12 trips to the free-throw line, but made only six attempts.
“The first half I felt really timid, and had to get my legs back under me a little bit,” he said. “Second half, I started to play a little bit better. I have some glaring stuff that I need to work on, like my free throws, but I felt we played hard in the second half.”
Foote graduated from Spencer-Van Etten in 2005, and matriculated at St. Bonaventure. He walked on to the team his freshman year and red-shirted. Last December, he transferred to Cornell. Due to NCAA transfer guidelines, he had to sit out a year before playing in games, although he did practice with the team.
Cornell (4-3) plays at Syracuse (8-3) Saturday night. Tip-off is 7 p.m.