DATE & TIME: Thursday, December 30th, 5:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Verizon Wireless Arena (7,500) -- Richmond, Virginia. Television: None. Home Record: Cornell 1-2, Wofford 2-1. Away Record: Cornell 1-6, Wofford 1-5. Neutral Record: Cornell 0-1, Wofford 2-1. Conference Record: Cornell 0-0, Wofford 2-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Cornell Big Red and the Wofford Terriers meet this evening in the consolation game of the VCU Christmas Tournament at Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center in Richmond, Virginia.
The Big Red have lost eight consecutive games. Of those eight losses, six have come by five points or less. Most recently, Cornell fell to New Hampshire in another heartbreaker, 68-66, to land in the consolation game of this event.
Wofford made its way into the consolation round following a 75-66 loss to host VCU. The Terriers had previously won three of four games before yesterday's defeat. The team has seen success in Southern Conference play this season, where it has posted a 2-0 record with wins over UNC Greensboro and Elon.
This bout marks the first-ever meeting between Cornell and Wofford on the hardwood.
Cornell's loss to UNH in the tournament opener came in typical fashion. Leading late, the Big Red allowed a three-point play from New Hampshire's Ferg Myrick in the final minutes to suffer the loss. Cornell shot 40 percent from the field in the game, but did manage to have four players reach double figures. Errick Peck led the way with 19 points, while Chris Wroblewski added 14 points, Aaron Osgood chipped in a dozen and Drew Ferry chipped in 11 points off the bench. Wroblewski continues to lead the team in scoring (13.4 ppg) and assists (50), although he is shooting a meager 32.3 percent from the floor this year. Wroblewski represents Cornell's problem as a whole. The team does not generate enough offense to win on most nights, averaging 63.8 ppg and shooting 38.1 percent from the field. The Big Red also lacks muscle on the front line, where it is being outrebounded by 7.2 rpg.
Wofford was down six at halftime against VCU, but battled back to tie the score late in the game. VCU then ripped off six consecutive points to squelch the comeback attempt. The Terriers managed to shoot 46.9 percent and three players registered double-digit scoring performances, as Noah Dahlman and Jamar Diggs both netted 13 points and Terry Martin provided 12 points off the bench. The offense was efficient, but VCU's reserves managed to outwork those of the Terriers', outscoring them 31-18. Dahlman averages 18.9 ppg to pace the team, while Diggs and Cameron Rundles each average around 13 ppg in support. Still, it is not the offense that costs Wofford games, but rather the defense. The Terriers allow 72.5 ppg on 46.8 percent shooting.
Wofford has trouble stopping teams, but Cornell will likely prove the perfect antidote to a struggling defense.