Thursday, December 30, 2010

Game Recap: Cornell Falls to UNH

Below, recaps of Cornell's defeat last night to New Hampshire...

By Brian Delaney
Ithaca Journal
December 30, 2010

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Cornell men's basketball team's free-fall continued with yet another close loss on Wednesday.

The Big Red never fully overcame a flat start, and again got outplayed by the smallest of margins down the stretch in a 68-66 loss to New Hampshire. It was an opening-round game at the Richmond Downtown Marriott Holidays on the Hardwood Classic at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

The loss was Cornell's eighth straight, and leaves the Big Red at 2-9 heading into Thursday's consolation round game against the loser of Wofford and tournament host Virginia Commonwealth. Six of Cornell's eight losses have come by margins of five points or less.

"We're not (expecting) to win," Cornell coach Bill Courtney said. "Until we expect to win, we won't be successful."

Ferg Myrick converted a three-point play with 31 seconds left to give the Wildcats the lead for good at 66-63. Cornell had three chances to tie the game, but Max Groebe and Drew Ferry missed shots from the three-point arc.

Courtney was happy with the looks, which just didn't fall. He said defensively, "we couldn't get the stops when we needed."

"We got terrific looks," Courtney said. "Max got a wide-open 3, Andrew got two wide open 3s, so we had chances."

New Hampshire then went up 68-63, and Chris Wroblewski's 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left too little time on the clock to complete a comeback.

Errick Peck, who scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half, had an opportunity to give Cornell the lead with just under one minute remaining and the game tied at 63. His jumper missed, and Myrick capitalized at the other end for the go-ahead bucket.

Peck sat out the bulk of the first half with two fouls, but played well in the second half.

"With him on the floor, we're an entirely different team," Courtney said.

Cornell managed just five points over the first eight-plus minutes of the game, and trailed by as many as 12 before producing a run. The Big Red used a 16-3 spurt to take its first lead, 27-26, on a Wroblewski jumper.

But Cornell suffered a letdown in the final two-plus minutes of the half, and a Brian Benson 3-point bank shot in the final second gave the Wildcats (6-5) a 33-27 lead.

Cornell took multiple one-possession leads in the second half. Its largest, 58-55 with 5:38 remaining, came after a three-point play by Peck.

Cornell shot 6-for-23 from the 3-point line. Both teams had four double-figure scorers. Wroblewski had 14 points and six assists, and Aaron Osgood had 12 points and seven rebounds.
NEW HAMPSHIRE 68, CORNELL 66 At Richmond, Va.

NEW HAMPSHIRE (6-5) Buckley 0-1 0-0 0, Rhoads 4-5 0-2 10, Conley 6-12 1-4 15, Nyanguila 2-2 3-4 7, Benson 3-4 3-4 10, Diliegro 3-5 3-4 9, Bronner 1-4 0-0 3, Valladares 0-2 0-0 0, Myrick 5-11 4-5 14. Totals 24-46 14-23 68.

CORNELL (2-9) Wroblewski 4-13 5-6 14, Peck 6-11 6-7 19, Gray 0-0 0-0 0, Wire 0-1 0-0 0, Coury 3-4 0-2 6, Osgood 5-10 2-4 12, Groebe 1-6 0-0 3, Ferry 3-9 2-2 11, Matthews 0-0 0-0 0, McMillan 0-1 0-0 0, Asafo-Adjei 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 22-55 16-23 66.

Halftime: New Hampshire 33-27. 3-Point Goals: New Hampshire 6-17 (Rhoads 2-2, Conley 2-6, Benson 1-1, Bronner 1-3, Valladares 0-2, Myrick 0-3), Cornell 6-23 (Ferry 3-8, Peck 1-2, Wroblewski 1-5, Groebe 1-5, Osgood 0-1, Wire 0-1, McMillan 0-1). Fouled Out: Diliegro, Osgood. Rebounds: New Hampshire 33 (Rhoads 8), Cornell 33 (Osgood 7). Assists: New Hampshire 13 (Myrick, Rhoads 5), Cornell 13 (Wroblewski 6). Total Fouls: New Hampshire 22, Cornell 21. A: NA.

Box Score

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Cornell men's basketball team dropped yet another nailbiter, dropping a 68-66 decision to New Hampshire on Wednesday afternoon at the Verizon Wireless Center in the first game of the 2010 Richmond Marriott Holidays on the Hardwood Classic. The game was the Big Red's eighth straight loss, with six coming by five points or less and dropped the team's record to 2-9. New Hampshire will play in the championship game against either Wofford or the host Rams tomorrow.

Sophomore Errick Peck scored 19 points in just 19 minutes to lead four double figure scorers for the Big Red, but a last-minute shot sank the Big Red for the sixth time in 2010. Chris Wroblewski notched 14 points and had six assists, while Aaron Osgood posted 12 points and Drew Ferry notched 11. Cornell shot 40 percent, but were able to hit on just 6-of-23 shots from beyond the arc.

UNH shot 52 percent from the floor for the game, getting 15 points from Tyron Conley and 14, including the game-winning three-point play, from Ferg Myrick. Myrick was also credited with five assists and four rebounds off the bench. Both Chandler Rhoads and Brian Benson scored 10 points, with Rhoads added five assists and a game-high eight boards.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 12-2 lead by hitting five of its first six shots before Ferry came around a double screen and hit a 22-foot 3-pointer to snap a six-minute scoring drought. The UNH lead grew to as many as 12 before a 14-1 Big Red run got Cornell the lead at 27-26. Wroblewski hit a 12-foot fallaway jumper to give Cornell its first lead of the game with 2:27 left in the half. The Wildcats scored the final seven points of the half, including a 30-foot trey by Jordon Bronner as time expired to take a 33-27 lead into the break.

Ferry, who got hot and scored six straight during the run, ended the half with 11 points and grabbed three boards. Wroblewski scored six points and dished off three assists despite shooting 1-of-6 from the floor and missing all three of his 3-point attempts. The Big Red shot just 35 percent from the floor, but rebounded from a huge early rebounding hole (8-1) to get within 16-13 on the backboards. Dane DiLiegro scored nine points,while Tyrone Conley chipped in eight. Ferg Myrick scored five points, ha dfour assists and grabbed three rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench. The visitors on the scoreboard shot 52percent from the floor, but ended the first 20 minutes by missing eight of its last 11 shots after hitting 8-of-10 to open the game.

The second half lead for UNH ballooned up to seven against at 42-35 before Osgood scored four straight to get back within three, followed by a jumper by Wroblewski with his foot on the line to get back to 42-41. Cornell finally equalized at 50-50 when Peck hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 8:27 left. Peck's driving basket a minute later put the Big Red up, but only for a few seconds as Myrick raced down the court for a layup. The game would feature seven ties over the the seven minutes, the last coming at 63-63 when Peck hit a short jumper with 1:16 left. The decisive possession came on the ensuing Wildcats' possession. It ended with a scoop layup by Myrick and Osgood's fifth foul on the play to put UNH up 66-63. Three consecutive good looks from 4-point range riummed out and New Hampshire got a run-out basket to put them up five with six seconds left. Wroblewski drained a long 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left and fouled immediately, sending Conley to the line for three free-throws leading 68-66. Both shots rimmed out, with Mark Coury gathering the last shot and firing ahead to Max Groebe. The senior caught the ball and flung it toward the hoop, but it landed well short as time expired to send the Big Red to the consolation game.

The Big Red will face either tournament host VCU or Wofford tomorrow in the Verizon Wireless Center. The gametime will be determined by the result of the second game. Regardless of a win or loss, VCU will play in the 7:30 p.m. slot on Thursday. Check back later tonight for final game information.


RICHMOND, Va. – Sophomore Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) led four scorers in double-digits with 14 points as the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team earned a 68-66 win against Cornell University in the opening game of the Richmond Marriott Holidays on the Hardwood Classic on Wednesday evening at Virginia Commonwealth University's Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.

The Wildcats snap a three-game losing skid to improve to 6-5 on the season and are now 3-1 all-time against Cornell. The Big Red are now 2-9 and have lost eight straight.

Myrick was 5 of 11 from the floor to go along with four rebounds and a career-high five assists. Senior Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt.), the America East Player of the Game, scored 13 points on 5 of 12 shooting and tallied four rebounds, two blocks, two steals and an assist, while playing all 40 minutes. Junior Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) chipped in with a season-high 12 points on 4 of 5 shooting and also pulled in four rebounds in 19 minutes. Sophomore point guard Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) netted 10 points on 4 of 5 shooting, including 2 of 2 from behind the arc, while matching his career high with eight rebounds to go along with five assists and just one turnover in 28 minutes.

Errick Peck led Cornell with 19 points in just 19 minutes.

With the game tied at 63 with 31 seconds to play, Myrick drove to the hoop and converted an up and under while drawing the foul. Myrick completed the three-point play at the line to give his team the 66-63 lead. After the 'Cats made a stop on the defensive end, Rhoads threw the ball ahead to Benson, who finished with a two-handed fast-break dunk to open UNH's lead to five with 6.4 seconds on the clock.

Chris Wroblewski then knocked down a 3-pointer from the right wing to slice it to two, but that is as close as Cornell would get as the Wildcats improved to a perfect 5-0 in games decided by less than six points.

UNH opened the game on a 12-2 run that was ignited by a Rhoads trey just 24 seconds in, and then capped with a one-handed slam by senior Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass.) at the 13:32 mark. After a Drew Ferry 3-pointer, back-to-back baskets by Myrick made it 16-5 with 11:23 remaining in the opening half.

A modest 4-0 run from the Big Red sliced the deficit to seven, but a layup from DiLiegro and a 3-pointer from Conley gave the Wildcats their largest lead of the game at 21-9 with 9:46 left.

After the teams traded baskets, Cornell ripped off a 12-2 run of its own to cut the UNH lead to just a pair with 5:15 to go. After the Wildcats nudged the gap to three, a layup by Aaron Osgood and a jumper by Wroblewski gave the Big Red their first lead of the contest at 27-26 with 2:27 to go. The 'Cats then scored the final seven points of the half, including a 3-pointer from freshman Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) that he banked in from 30 feet as time expired. UNH improves to 5-1 when leading at halftime.

Cornell had shaved its deficit to 35-31 just 1:04 into the second half when Benson sunk a 3-pointer from the right elbow at the 17:31 mark. The lead was still seven (40-33) when a Myrick jumper pushed it to nine at 16:12. The Big Red answered with an 8-0 run, which featured six points from Osgood, to close the gap to one at 42-41 with 13:45 remaining.

With the lead still one at 48-47, a Conley layup gave UNH some breathing room with 8:46 left. Five straight points from Peck, however, put Cornell in the lead, 52-50, with 7:04 to go. The Big Red still led by a pair, 58-56, when baskets by freshman Kazadi Nyanguila (Montreal, Quebec) and Rhoads put the Wildcats back in the lead at 60-56 with 4:10 to play. The 'Cats were still up two at 63-61 when Peck drained a jumper to knot the game with 1:16 to play. Peck, who played just six first-half minutes due to foul trouble, scored 15 of Cornell's final 19 points, including 10 straight at one point.

DiLiegro finished with nine points, five rebounds, a block and a steal in 22 minutes, while Nyanguila netted a career-high seven points to go along with four rebounds in 18 minutes.

The Wildcats shot a season-best 51 percent (24-47) from the floor, including 33 percent (6-18) from deep. Cornell was 40 percent (22-55) from the field and 26 percent (6-23) from behind the arc. The 'Cats held a slight 34-33 edge on the glass.

Conley finished the night with 981 career points and is now 19 away from becoming the 28th member of the program to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

The Wildcats return to action Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the championship game against VCU.


Anonymous said...

Tenacious defense seems like it's leading to too many fouls for Peck. Has there been a game this year when he's had serious minutes without foul trouble?

Anonymous said...

Our shooting percentage is woeful. And CU is routinely being outrebounded and committing more fouls. Unfortunately, these stat lines remind of the teams coached by Al Walker. On the upside, when we do shoot at .425 or better and commit less than 20 fouls, we win, so it seems relatively clear what we need to do to improve. Or is it?

Anonymous said...

who the heck is al walker? how old are you???

Anonymous said...


The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Walker coached in the early 90s. He was one coach removed from Donahue.

Anonymous said...

Walker was the Cornell coach when Bill Clinton was President. Then Scott Thompson. Then Donahue. Then Courtney. I know many people wouldn't want to remember those days of CU hoops, but I lived it, so I have no choice. I was one of the poorly-shooting hacks that couldn't rebound.

Anonymous said...

Cornell had under 20 fouls. Cornell outrebounded Wofford. And Cornell shot 63% from the field overall (and was lights out from behind the arc).

This was a good win - let's hope we can build on it!