Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Game Recap: Cornell Falls to Syracuse

Below, game recaps from Cornell's defeat at Syracuse on Tuesday night.

Box Score

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- No. 7/9 Syracuse jumped off to a hot start, controlled the backboards and remained unbeaten on the season with a 78-58 victoryu over Cornell on Tuesday evening at the Carrier Dome. Sophomore Errick Peck matched his career high of 14 points and Cornell outscored the home team 41-40 after the break, but couldn't avoid its fourth consecutive loss in falling to 2-5.

Peck had 10 of his points in the first half, including an alley-oop dunk to open the scoring for the Big Red on its first possession, and added two assists and a steal. Chris Wroblewski chipped in with eight points, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals and Drew Ferry connected on three 3-pointers for nine points. Adam Wire had six rebounds and a game-high four steals in the loss for the visitors, who shot 34 percent for the game and were outrebounded 48-27. The team had a season-high 13 steaks and forced 20 turnovers.

Rick Jackson had 17 points, 13 rebounds and three assists in 31 productive minutes for SU, which shot 50 percent from the floor. Kris Joseph (16 points) and Dion Waiters (11 points) were also in double figures. SU dominated the first half, taking a 38-17 lead into the break after limiting Cornell to 24 percent shooting over the first 20 minutes. Included was a 1-of-12 effort from beyond the arc (8 percent). Highly-touted fresham Fab Melo notched eight points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots.

SU wasted little time jumping out to a 15-3 lead after just 5:19. Only Peck's dunk and a free-throw by the sophomore on the next possession kept it close early, and a 10-0 Syracuse run was triggered by a dunk and a 3-pointer by Joseph. A basket by Coury off a feed from Wroblewski, followed by a short jumper of his own, made it 15-7, but that triggered a 14-0 run over the next 5:24 that turned an eight-point lead into a 22-point bulge at 29-7 with just under eight minutes left before halftime.

Peck and Miles Asafo-Adjei triggered the offense, with Asafo-Adjei getting to the line twice and Peck hitting a 3-pointer to stem the runs. His second dunk, this one after catching the ball at the free-throw line, using a head fake and taking a dribble before throwing it down, were the final points of the half for either team.

Cornell's intensity on both ends picked up after halftime, as the visitors opened the stanza with an 18-8 run over the first 5:53, doubling their scoring total and cutting the deficit to 11 (46-35). Ferry got the Big Red started by draining a pair of treys, both off of feeds from Wroblewski, then the Big Red got three consecutive layups, one each by Wire, Mark Coury and Peck. A third Ferry 3-pointer made it 49-38 with 13:21 left, and Cornell continued to hang around for the next several minutes before an 11-0 Syracuse run put the game back out of hand. By the time Mark Coury tipped in a shot and was fouled to complete a three-point play with 4:14 remaining, the game was all but decided. Max Groebe got back on track in the final minutes, hitting a pair of 3-pointers on his way to eight late points, while Johnathan Gray (3-pointer) and Eitan Chemerinski (offensive putback) got into the scorebook in the final minutes.

The Big Red returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. CST when it visits Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. to face the No. 15/13 Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Orange forward Rick Jackson (0) shoots against Cornell Big Red forward Mark Coury, 42, during the second half at the Carrier Dome.

By Brian Delaney
Ithaca Journal

SYRACUSE -- Running its win streak to 33 in a lopsided basketball series that spans 110 years, No. 8 Syracuse manhandled Cornell over the first 20 minutes Tuesday night en route to a 78-58 victory at the Carrier Dome.

The Orange (7-0) used their immense size advantage -- at least on this night -- over the inaptly named Big Red, breaking out in transition for easy dunks and hassling Cornell's shooters into a night of clangs, bangs and ricochets off an unforgiving rim.

That was just in the first half, but it was damage aplenty.

"Whether it was nerves or being in the Dome and guys for the first time going out there and looking at that Syracuse squad that looked like an NBA team --you come in and look at them and guys can be a little passive," Cornell coach Bill Courtney said.

"We were very passive to start the game. We talk about it a lot but it's still hard for kids to try and accept it."

Syracuse outrebounded Cornell 48-27, accumulating nearly as many offensive rebounds (15) as Cornell had defensive (19).

Rick Jackson, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound senior forward, recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 17 points and 13 rebounds. He did so on efficient 7-of-9 shooting from the field.

The Orange scored 44 points in the paint, and shot 64 percent (23 for 36) on two-point field goals.

Kris Joseph finished with 16 points and freshman Dion Waiters chipped in 11 off the bench. The Orange never trailed, led 29-7 by the eight-minute mark of the first half, and took a comfortable 38-17 cushion into halftime.

The Big Red shot an abysmal 6-for-25 from the field, and missed 11 of 12 shots from the three-point line.

Syracuse's size and length were something Cornell could not simulate in practice.

"You definitely can't," Cornell sophomore Errick Peck said. "Their length is incredible."

Peck was the lone bright spot in the first half. Ending a six-game stretch of offensive futility, the talented 6-6 forward scored 10 of his 14 points before the intermission. He played with confidence, made good decisions and showed flashes of the player Cornell needs him to be come Ivy League play in January.

"The biggest thing for me was having confidence in myself," he said. "Keeping everything positive within my mindset. It's all mental with me, more than physical."

But unlike a 92-68 loss at Seton Hall on Nov. 14, Cornell showed a little character in the second half. Syracuse got lackadaisical, and the Big Red exploited that.

Cornell used a 12-3 run to make it a 46-35 game with 14:07 left. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, furious with his team, took two timeouts during that stretch and picked up a technical foul.

"We just thought the game was over and made a lot of turnovers," bemoaned Boeheim, who ripped his team's second-half effort and called Scoop Jardine's 0-point, 7-assist, 4-turnover showing "horrible."

Boeheim said, "Second half, we really had very little effort defensively at all. When you don't have good effort, people are going to be able to score against you. We just made ridiculous turnovers that we just can't have."

His players got the point.

The Orange soon after went on a 14-2 run, spanning six-plus minutes, to extend its lead to 66-42 with 5:25 left. Syracuse pounded the ball inside repeatedly, something Cornell simply isn't built to stop.

"We tried the best we can to practice against that, simulate that," Cornell senior center Mark Coury said. "You can't do anything about their length unless we have brooms or something like that."

The loss was Cornell's fourth straight. After a trip to No. 15 Minnesota on Saturday, the Big Red has two weeks to recuperate, take final exams, and prepare for a post-finals schedule that's more to its level.

Cornell will play Binghamton, Bucknell, two games at the VCU holiday tournament, Stony Brook and Buffalo before embarking on the Ivy League's 14-game tournament.

Notes: Three other Ivy League teams played Tuesday night. Penn beat UMBC, 71-59; Yale beat Hartford, 81-76; and Princeton won at Lafayette, 82-64. ... Over seven games, Cornell has a rebounding margin of minus-10. ... Syracuse had 20 turnovers. ... Cornell's Chris Wroblewski finished with eight points, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals. He shot 0-for-6 from the 3-point arc. ... Max Groebe's 3-pointer with 4:14 left in the game ended a stretch of 15 straight missed field-goal attempts. ... Syracuse leads the all-time series, 87-31. The win was Boeheim's 836th.

CORNELL (2-5) Ferry 3-11 0-0 9, Wire 1-2 0-0 2, Coury 3-7 1-1 7, Wroblewski 2-8 4-4 8, Peck 5-9 3-4 14, Groebe 3-8 0-0 8, Gatlin 1-2 0-0 2, McMillan 0-1 0-0 0, Asafo-Adjei 0-3 3-4 3, Gray 1-1 0-0 3, Tarwater 0-0 0-0 0, Figini 0-5 0-2 0, Sahota 0-1 0-0 0, Chemerinski 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 20-59 11-15 58.

SYRACUSE (7-0) Jackson 7-9 3-5 17, Joseph 7-12 0-0 16, Melo 3-4 2-4 8, Jardine 0-5 0-0 0, Triche 4-9 1-1 9, Waiters 3-5 2-2 11, Fair 1-3 0-2 2, Keita 1-1 2-3 4, Jones 1-5 4-4 7, Reese 0-0 0-0 0, Tomaszewski 0-1 0-0 0, Southerland 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 29-58 14-21 78.

Halftime: Syracuse 38-17. 3-Point Goals: Cornell 7-29 (Ferry 3-9, Groebe 2-7, Gray 1-1, Peck 1-3, McMillan 0-1, Asafo-Adjei 0-2, Wroblewski 0-6), Syracuse 6-22 (Waiters 3-4, Joseph 2-4, Jones 1-5, Southerland 0-1, Jardine 0-4, Triche 0-4). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Cornell 27 (Coury, Wire 6), Syracuse 48 (Jackson 13). Assists: Cornell 15 (Wroblewski 7), Syracuse 19 (Jardine 7). Total Fouls: Cornell 20, Syracuse 10. Technical: Syracuse Bench. A: 20,548.

Errick Peck felt right at home at the Carrier Dome last night, scoring 14 points in his first double-digit effort of the season. Unfortunately, the Red didn’t fare as well as a whole and lost to Syracuse, 78-58.

By Alex Kuczynski-Brown
Cornell Daily Sun

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A matchup with the No. 8-ranked team in the country isn’t exactly what the doctor ordered for a squad looking to cure a three-game losing skid; however, that’s exactly what Cornell got yesterday night at the Carrier Dome, as the men’s basketball came out on the losing end of a lop-sided, 78-58, affair against Syracuse.

With the loss, the Red drops to 2-5 on the season while the Orange improves to 7-0. That said, listening to Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim speak in the post-game press conference, you would think his team was the one that lost by 20 points.

“We just can’t seem to put consistent efforts together. ... We have to somehow get better, and we’re just a long ways from where we need to be at this stage of the year. We just can’t play like this and be successful,” he said. “The second half there was nothing good about our defense. ... We thought the game was over and made a lot of turnovers. ... Our four best ball-handlers had 16 turnovers.”

Six of those turnovers came at the hands of Scoop Jardine, who, despite shooting 0-for-5 from the floor, finished with a team-leading seven assists.

Jardine’s coach, however, was less than pleased with the junior guard’s efforts.

“He was horrible. He couldn’t be any worse than he played tonight. I could get seven assists with a bad finger,” Boeheim said. “He was completely nowhere in the game. ... You don’t dribble out to the 3-point line unless you’re about a 50 percent, 60 percent 3-point shooter. I wouldn’t say we have any of those guys on this team.”

Despite allowing a 18-8 run that brought the Red within 11 with 14:07 to go, the Orange managed to hold Cornell to 33.9 percent overall and just 7-of-29 from 3-point range. Although he managed to finish with eight points and seven assists — not to mention four rebounds and three steals — junior guard and tri-captain Chris Wroblewski was an uncharacteristic 0-for-6 from downtown.

Syracuse, meanwhile, shot 50 percent for the game, connecting on 27.3 percent of its long-range attempts.

If there was a positive to be gleaned from Tuesday night’s contest, it was the play of sophomore guard Errick Peck. After being marred in a 3-for-15 slump over the past two games, Peck notched a team-leading 14 points — matching a career-high as the only Cornell player to score in double-figures.

He wasn’t the only one who broke out of a slump, as senior guard Max Groebe knocked down two treys in the second half — ending his streak of 16 missed field goals.

Syracuse jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with senior forward Rick Jackson finding freshman center Fab Melo for the crowd-pleasing alley-oop. Cornell was quick to respond in kind, as Wroblewski connected with Peck for an identical play.

However, that would prove the extent of Red imitating Orange, as Syracuse raced out to a 15-3 advantage while Cornell went five minutes without a field goal. The Red shot just 24 percent for the first half and hit only 1-of-12 from beyond the arc — enabling the Orange players to head into the locker room holding a commanding 21-point lead (38-17) at halftime.

“Whether it was nerves, being in the Dome and guys for the first time going out there and looking at that Syracuse crowd ... guys can be a little passive, and I thought we were very passive to start the game,” said Cornell head coach Bill Courtney.

Cornell showed signs of life in the second stanza, eclipsing its first-half point total just under six minutes into the frame, thanks largely to junior guard Andrew Ferry’s back-to-back 3’s and other members of the Red heating up offensively.

However, it wasn’t enough to derail the Orange, who cruised to a comfortable 78-58 win despite 12 second-half turnovers and what Boeheim considered a lackluster defensive effort.

“We had a couple guys with open looks we just didn’t knock them down ... then there were shots we started to hit in the second half, and we didn’t continue to do that,” Courtney said. “In those times we have to rely on defense, and it’s just so hard to stop those guys.”

Rebounding once again proved an issue for Cornell, who were outperformed by Syracuse, 48-27, in that department and provided the Orange with 15 second-chance opportunities.

Final Stats

1st 2nd F
Cornell 17 41 58
Syracuse 38 40 78

#8/7 Syracuse (7-0) remained unbeaten on the season with a 78-58 win against Cornell (2-5) on Tuesday night at the Carrier Dome. Senior forward Rick Jackson notched a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds while junior forward Kris Joseph had 16 points in the win.

SU extended its winning streak in the Cornell series to 33 games. The Big Red is the second most familiar foe in Syracuse hoop history with tonight's meeting the 118th all-time.

Jackson posted his sixth straight double-double. He was 7-of-9 from the floor and 3-of-5 from the charity stripe while Joseph was 7-of-12 from the field including a pair of threes. Freshman guard Dion Waiters rounded out the double-digit scorers, netting 11 points, including a trio of threes, while dishing out four assists.

Syracuse dominated the lane in the win, holding a 44-20 advantage in points in the paint while winning the rebounding battle, 48-27. Freshman center Fab Melo helped establish the inside presence, pairing eight points with seven rebounds.

The Orange came on strong, outscoring the Big Red, 15-3, through the first six minutes of play. Joseph found Melo for a dunk to open the scoring and propelled the run with five points.

Cornell cut the deficit with back-to-back field goals, 15-7, but the Orange responded with 14 unanswered buckets to take a 29-7 lead with 7:56 remaining in the first half. The Big Red used an 8-3 scoring advantage through the next four minutes to cut the deficit, 32-15, but the Orange scored the next six to go into the break with a 38-17 advantage.

The SU defense limited Cornell to 6-of-25 shooting (.240) from the field, including a 1-of-12 (.083) effort on 3-pointers, in the first half.

The Big Red found its rhythm out of intermission, outscoring the hosts 14-5 through the first five minutes of the second half to cut the lead to 12, 43-31. The visitors managed to get as close as 11 in the second half, twice, before Syracuse pulled away for good.

Errick Peck led the Big Red with a career-best tying 14 points while Drew Ferry added nine. Mark Coury and Adam Wire topped the Cornell rebounding effort, corraling six boards each.

The Orange returns to the Dome on Saturday, December 4 when it hosts North Carolina State at 5:30 p.m.

Syracuse vs. Cornell
November 30, 2010
Syracuse, N.Y. – Carrier Dome

Opening Statement:
"In the first half we were pretty good with the basketball. We did a good job on the boards. We shot the ball well and made good decisions. We just made a couple bad turnovers.

In the second half we thought the game was over and made a lot of turnovers. Our four best ball-handlers had 16 turnovers, that’s just not going to get it done. I was very disappointed with the second half after a pretty solid first half.

We just can’t seem to put good efforts together on the offensive and defensive ends. We were good defensively in the first half, and in the second half we had very little effort defensively. When you don’t have good effort, people are going to score against you.

We just made ridiculous turnovers that you just can’t have -- we have a lot of work to do, we can’t seem to get it together for 40 minutes.

We have to get better and we are a long ways from where we need to be at this stage in the year. We had an advantage inside with (Rick Jacson), he did a great job down there, but we’re not going to have that advantage every game. It’s just disappointing that our veteran guys can make so many bad turnovers and we have to be better than that. We have a lot of work ahead of us."

Were you more disappointed with the defense in the half-court or transition?
"In the second half there was nothing good about our defense."

Fab (Melo) seemed to have an increased presence. Do you see an improvement in his game?
"He was a little more active -- he blocked that shot early. The second time he got in the game he couldn’t get up and down the court two or three times in a row and they went down and got layups. He has to be able to get up and down to get in position. I thought tonight when he got in position, he created some things. He’s has to be able to get up and down better."

Rick (Jackson) had another big game. Is he going to have to play like this all year long?
"He has to play well every game."

Can you comment on the development of Dion Waiters?
"He has good moments on offense. He makes mistakes we can’t make in transition. He makes a good play and comes down three-on-one and we can’t even get a shot -- we just can’t play like this and be successful.

You can’t look at this game and who we’re beating, that’s just nonsense and foolishness. It’s how you play, not who you play or who you’re playing. It has nothing to do with anything. You can’t play bad basketball and win games against good teams. We’re playing bad basketball and we’ve been playing bad basketball from the first game until now."

Syracuse Post Standard: Orange-hued win: Syracuse rolls past Cornell Big Red

The Syracuse Orange used a dominating defensive performance to score a 78-58 victory over visiting Cornell in front of 20,548 fans at the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night.

Syracuse held Cornell to 30 percent field goal shooting for the game. The Orange staked itself to a comfortable 38-17 halftime lead after limiting Cornell to 1-for-12 shooting from beyond the 3-point line in the opening half.

Once again, Rick Jackson multi-tasked in both scoring and rebounding for the Orange.
The 6-foot-9 senior forward registered his sixth double-double in seven games this season with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Kris Joseph contributed 16 points, while freshman guard Dion Waiters added 11 points off the bench for 8th-ranked Syracuse, which improved to 7-0 for the season.

Cornell (2-5) got 14 points from sophomore forward Errick Peck.

Syracuse dominated the first half, running out to a quick 15-3 edge that eventually stretched into a 38-17 halftime lead.

The Orange out-rebounded Cornell 27 to nine in the first half. Syracuse also limited Cornell to just 24 percent (6-for-25) shooting. The Big Red took 12 shots from 3-point range and made just one.

Syracuse got balanced scoring in the opening half. Joseph had 11 points, while Jackson added nine points and eight boards. Waiters chipped in with eight.

But the story of the first 20 minutes was the play of Fab Melo. The freshman center had struggled in SU’s first six games. But in the first half alone, he tied his career-highs in both points (four) and rebounds (four). Melo added a blocked shot and a steal in his best half of the season.

Melo, a 7-foot center from Brazil, finished the game with eight points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

Syracuse Post Standard: Undefeated and unhappy

The Syracuse Orange remained undefeated through its first seven games of the season with a 78-58 victory over Cornell front of 20,548 fans at the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night.

But Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim was less than pleased with the 8th-ranked Orange’s performance.

Syracuse (7-0) played well in the first half, limiting Cornell to 24 percent (6-for-25) shooting from the field, as the Orange opened up a 21-point halftime lead.

But the Orange looked lackluster in the second half, suffering defensive lapses and committing 12 turnovers after the break. Cornell (2-5) outscored Syracuse 41-40 in the second period.

“I thought in the first half we did a good job of moving the basketball,’’ Boeheim said. “We did a good job on the boards. We shot the ball well and we made good decisions. We just made a couple bad turnovers.

“In the second half, we thought the game was over,’’ he continued. “We made a lot of turnovers. Our four best ball-handlers made 16 turnovers. That’s not going to get it done. It was a very disappointing second half after a pretty solid first half.’’

Two games into the current season, Boeheim had called the Orange the most overrated team he had ever coached.

Three weeks and five games later, Boeheim seemed even more certain of his squad’s shortcomings. He brushed off the Orange’s recent wins over Michigan and Georgia Tech, two teams with well-known names but sketchy NCAA Tournament hopes.

“Georgia Tech’s losing by 30 tonight to Northwestern, a team that’s picked eighth in the Big Ten,’’ Boeheim said. Georgia Tech wound up losing 91-71 to Northwestern. “We can’t play like this and be successful. You can’t look at this game and you can’t look at who we’re beating; that’s just nonsense. That’s just foolishness.

“It’s how you play; it’s not who you play,’’ Boeheim added. “You can’t play bad basketball and win games against good teams, and we’re playing bad basketball. We’ve been playing bad basketball pretty much from the first game to now.’’

Errick Peck led Cornell with 14 points. He was the only Big Red player in double-figures.
There were some positives in Syracuse’s seventh consecutive win to start the season.

Rick Jackson, the Orange’s powerful post player, notched his sixth double-double of the year with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Kris Joseph scored 16 points on 7-for-12 shooting.

And Fab Melo, the 7-foot freshman center who had been struggling mightily, put together season-highs of eight points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

Despite all that, the mood in the SU locker room seemed rather dour.

Syracuse finished the game with 20 turnovers against 19 assists. It was the third straight game with more turnovers than assists for the Orange.

“We had 20 turnovers against a team like Cornell,’’ Joseph said. “If we have 20 turnovers against a team like Pittsburgh or UConn, we probably lose by 20. We have to get sharper and execute better on offense.’’

Syracuse’s backcourt of Scoop Jardine and Brandon Triche shared the bulk of the blame. Jardine and Triche combined for 10 turnovers; half the Orange’s total.

“I think we’re all trying to make the home-run play,’’ said Jardine, who has committed 12 turnovers in the last three games after turning the ball over just seven times in the first four games of the year. “I think it’s going to help us be a better basketball team if we just make the smart play.’’

Triche turned the ball over six times against Cornell.

“Personally, I need to play better,’’ Triche said. “We’ve got to bring our abilities up to playing Big East teams, who are much better than Cornell. Having 20 turnovers against Cornell, who doesn’t pressure, it’s a bad thing for us.’’

In the second half, Syracuse paired its ball-handling mistakes with poor defense.
Cornell scored 11 fast-break points after getting nothing in transition in the first half. The Big Red’s shooting percentage soared from 24 percent in the first half to 41 percent in the second.

“Second half, we really had very little effort defensively at all,’’ Boeheim said. “When you don’t have good effort, people are going to be able to score against you.’’

Boeheim repeated his mantra that it’s not who you play, but how you play. However, the “who you play” portion of the equation will start to matter more in the Orange’s next two games. Syracuse hosts North Carolina State (4-1) on Saturday and then will face No. 6 Michigan State (5-1) next Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

The Orange will have to improve its play if it intends to stay undefeated – and make its coach happy.

“We’ve got to clean our play up,’’ Jardine said. “Against better teams like N.C. State and Michigann State, who we got next, this is not going to get it.’’

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Anonymous said...

I was not expecting a W last night by any stretch of the imagination, but the manner in which they lost was worrisome. Do they realize they are dead last in the Ivy League in field goal percentage? Have they been bothering to even practice their shooting? Because the way things look right now, Dyami Starks will shoot them out of Newman all by himself.

Anonymous said...

Dyami Starks is one of the bright young lights in this year's Ivy freshman class.

you have to seriously look at the Lions' competition and how they have fared.

They beat poor Colgate and UMES teams at home, and squeezed past AmericanU (who played without Vlad Moldoveanu, their top player who avgs a gaudy 22P/6Rb).

They got drubbed by a weak Longwood team and posted respectable double digit losses to 25-ish St. John's and 100-ish LaSalle.

In other words, Starks has posted his numbers against a schedule in the lowest quarter of D-1 for difficulty.

It's way too early, and there is way too big a disparity in the strength of schedules of Ivy teams, to be thinking about such comparisons.

Anonymous said...

During the first practice, there was a discussion of how CU dropped the focus on shooting drills that had been the hallmark of the donahue era (and for dunphy at penn and temple), with a focus instead of defense. is the low shooting percentage a reflection of the change in emphasis in practice, or are there other factors (lack of offense generators, injuries, etc.)?

Anonymous said...

Everybody tends to shoot worse against better teams, but I don't think that is entirely the source of our problems. Other Ivies have faced tough opponents too, and overall we're still dead last. Princeton shot better against Duke, and Penn shot better against Pitt, that we did against Hall or Cuse.

Anonymous said...

I think our low shooting % has more to do with the fact that we lost Donahue's system where easy shots were created by lots of ball screens and player movement.

Anonymous said...

Courtney better set his ego aside and start looking at what Coach D implemented and developed over the last 4 or 5 years. It obviously works so why not take some pieces from it to help us get a groove going.

Anonymous said...

I think we have missed many many open shots. However, I have noticed a real lack of good screens and sharp cuts. Hallmarks of our last three teams.

Anonymous said...

Only 8 players have played more than 100 minutes each so far. The overall shooting percentages of the 5 guards of those 8 players: 34%(Wrobo), 38%(Ferry), 34%(Groebe), 29%(Peck), and 15%(Miles). The shooting percentages of the 3 bigs of those 8 players: 41%(Coury), 50%(Wire) and 47%(Osgood).

All percentages are low or, in some cases, abysmal, for bigs and guards, respectively.

For most of these players, they are better shooters than their percentages reflect. So, one has to reflect on why and what has to be done to change those percentages for the better, whether it be a change in practice or offensive philosophy or change in who is getting the minutes - or both.

One thing is for sure - it is tough to overcome a 37% overall team shooting percentage with great defense.

play on words said...

Bill Courtneyed a new coach.

Anonymous said...

look at coury's face in this picture. classic.

Anonymous said...

Thing is though, we're defending and stealing and forcing turnovers in ways that look even better than last year. Let's not just start tossing everything out the window. We're in situations where nudging our shooting % up a little bit in addition to our defense could make a world of difference. That and not having Adam Wire and Errick Peck in foul trouble all the time.

Donahue's system might not even work this year. Last year, he used to let all the Ivies attempt 3-pt shots to their heart's content, because many of them were averaging about 29%. When they broke from this and had a freakishly good shooting night (i.e. Penn), we lost.

This year that 29%-ish rate has changed. It's too early to tell and the sample size is small, but while Cornell often occupied 4 or 5 slots in the top 3pt% shooters chart, this year we are the only Ivy that is not represented in the top 10.

Some of those guys have only shot less than 20 attempts so far, but many have attempted 30 to 43 shots, and they're hitting them at >44%.

Yesterday the Hartford coach said, after playing Yale, that he was familiar with all of those guys from being an assistant at Penn for two years, and there was no way last year some of those guys could hit threes. Now they're hitting them with proficiency.

Don't forget we used to think Spiker and Donahue could beat the Ivies with any bunch of guys they had. They did it last year. This year Yale has beaten them both.

Everybody has gotten better, everybody wants what Cornell had last year and they've been practicing, while the Cornell team needs to sort a few things out.

Anonymous said...

The shooting is abysmal, including foul shooting. The offensive sets are flawed- no movement of the ball and no screens or picks. Last night Figini had the ball twice down low, at the rim and looked like a dear in headlights-lost the ball both times and actually probably traveled once.

This team needs a lot of work-they need to be in the gym shooting and working on offense. Cornell basketball has regressed and will be lucky to finish 5th or 6th in the Ivy, unless they work harder. The rebounding has been non-existent-where are our bigs??-Oh yeah, we really don't have any. All the bigs like to be on the perimeter, that needs to change. Wire is the only guy willing to fight it out underneath and he is too small.

We be start recruiting alot better-the other Ivy's already are, especially H!!!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 5:51pm: Please start cheering for another team... You my friend, are a downer.

Anonymous said...

hey guys, do you think losing these guys may be whats making the difference:

louis dale
ryan wittman
jeff foote
geoff reeves
jon jaques
alex tyler

Maple Syrup and Hockey said...

Nah, A.Hill, we could use his 18 points a game right now, eh?

Anonymous said...

WOW... the panic settling in? You're not comparing apples to apples. You look at this team as if should have the same kind of success experienced over the last few years. Really? The loss of six seniors that contributed to the overwhelming success from last year is a huge blow as it would be to any program. Courtney is adapting to a new environment that anyone would have challenges with. He's basically starting 4 freshmen based on the playing experience the team has. Oh, at BTW... none of these are his recruits.

The team has improved and played well in spurts. Not ideal for those that expect them to win the Ivy this year, but progress has been made. Three losses under a total of 10 points and a 20 point loss to the number 7 team in the nation is not bad at this point. This is the kind of preparation the team needs to compete and not finish 5th or 6th in the Ivy.

You won't be able to out shoot everyone. They are struggling from the field, but the focus on defense is how they want to trigger their offense. Someone compare how they shoot in the first half versus the second half, please. That will tell you more of what you need to know about the team and what they need to do start winning. They play far better in the 2nd.

For the critics ease up or at least be realistic.

Anonymous said...

I think things are gonna get better but I really hope Courtney himself doesn't use "they're not my recruits anyway" as an excuse.

They shot well briefly at the start of the second half then went right back to shooting badly, suffering two six and seven minutes spans scorelessless in the second half, until the benches were basically cleared.

I haven't lost hope in them it just gets to the point where I feel ridiculous trying to explain why it's BU or Lehigh's fault when Groebe goes O for 16, or why the team can't be expected to hit wide open shots, even when facing teams like BU, under a new coach, as if the basket has moved to a different location.

Anyway, I really think (hope?) we might have gotten Peck and Groebe back, so this will have been worthwhile.