Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cornell Athletics Game Notes for at Dartmouth/Harvard


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GAME INFORMATION
Game #17:
Cornell at Dartmouth
Tip off: Friday, Jan.28, at 7:00 p.m.
Site: Leede Arena (2,100), Hanover, N.H.
2010-11 Records: Cornell (4-12, 0-2 Ivy League); Dartmouth (4-12, 0-2 Ivy League)
Series Record: Dartmouth leads 101-99
Last Meeting: Cornell won 88-70, February 20, 2010 in Hanover, N.H.

Game #18: Cornell at Harvard
Tip off: Saturday, Jan. 29, at 6:00 p.m.
Site: Lavietes Pavilion (2,050), Cambridge, Mass.
2010-11 Records: Cornell (4-12, 0-2 Ivy League); Harvard (13-3, 2-0 Ivy League)
Series Record: Cornell leads 90-68
Last Meeting: Cornell won 79-70, February 19, 2010 in Cambridge, Mass.

Radio: WVBR 93.5 FM (Barry Leonard)
TV: None
Live Stats: check availability at www.CornellBigRed.com
Live Video: check availability at www.CornellBigRed.com
Tickets: available by calling (607) 254-BEAR

Head Coach Bill Courtney
Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his first season at Cornell (4-12, .250) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher '44 Coach of Men's Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.


ITHACA, N.Y. — After dropping a pair of narrow decisions to Columbia to fall to 0-2 in Ivy League play, the Cornell men's basketball team will hit the road for its first true conference road weekend when it visits Dartmouth on Friday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. and Harvard on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. Barry Leonard will provide the call on 93.5 WVBR-FM and on the internet as part of the RedCast subscription service.

Cornell's struggles in tight games continued into a sweep by Ivy rival Columbia, as the Big Red's two losses came by a combined eight points. It was Cornell's seventh and eighth loss this season by five points or less. The team's 70-66 defeat at the hands of the Lions snapped a 22-game home win streak against Ancient Eight foes despite 16 points apiece by junior guard Chris Wroblewski and senior forward Aaron Osgood.

Wroblewski, a Bob Cousy Award candidate, continues to lead the Big Red in scoring (15.5 ppg.) and assists (5.9 apg.), while junior Drew Ferry is pouring in 12.3 ppg. and has hit 25 3-pointers over his last six games. Sophomore Errick Peck is averaging 14.4 points over his last 10 games and 10.6 ppg. for the season.

The Big Red will face teams on opposite ends of the Ivy spectrum, as the Big Green of Dartmouth are rebuilding under first-year head coach Paul Cormier, who returns to the Hanover, N.H. sidelines after 12 seasons as an NBA scout. Harvard's Tommy Amaker, however, has the Crimson atop the Ancient Eight standings and looking for its first Ivy title in program history. Both squads will be looking to avenge season sweeps at the hands of Cornell from a season ago.

ABOUT DARTMOUTH
• 2010-11 Record: 4-12 (0-2 Ivy League)
• Head Coach: Paul Cormier (New Hampshire '74), seventh season at Dartmouth overall.
• The Big Green has lost five straight contests and seven of the last eight entering the weekend. The lone win during that stretch came in a 67-59 win at Drake on Dec. 21, 2010.
• No Dartmouth player is averaging in double figures this season, with Jabari Trotter (9.1 ppg.), R.J. Griffin (9.1 ppg.) and David Rufful (9.0 ppg.) all averaging better than 9.0 points per game.
• Rufful is the team's leading rebounder (4.9 rpg). while Ronnie Dixon averages a team-high 3.4 assists per contest.
• Dartmouth is shooting just 38 percent from the floor and 34 percent from beyond the arc while scoring 58.2 points per game.
• Like Cornell, Dartmouth has struggled on the backboards in 2010-11. The Big Green is being outrebounded by 7.5 boards per game.
• Head coach Paul Cormier is in his second stint as head coach at Dartmouth with 12 years as an NBA scout in between. He had spent 14 years total as a Division I head coach with stints with both the Big Green and Fairfield.

THE SERIES: Dartmouth leads 101-99 overall in a series that dates back to the 1900-01 campaign. Cornell has had the best of the series recently, winning 10 straight and 13 of the last 14 meetings between them. The Big Red's current win streak of 10 games is the longest for the Big Red in the series (1963-67).

LAST TIME VS. DARTMOUTH: Cornell shot a shade under 70 percent in the first half to put away Dartmouth quickly, setting a new single-season school record for wins in a season with an 88-70 victory on Saturday evening at Leede Arena. A day after setting the school's single-season record for 3-point field goals, the Big Red connected on 15 shots from beyond the arc, matching the second-best total in school history. Ryan Wittman capped off an outstanding weekend with 23 points, including five of those treys. He led four players in double figures, as Louis Dale and Errick Peck each had 14 points and Jeff Foote recorded 10 points. Peck made all five of his shots from the floor, including his only 3-pointer, and hit all three free throws while adding two rebounds and two steals. Geoff Reeves scored nine points and Jon Jaques had six points and a team-best six rebounds. Cornell made 57 percent of its shots from the floor overall and 60 percent from beyond the arc (15-of-25). Ronnie Dixon scored 20 points to lead the Big Green. Dixon added three rebounds, three assists and two steals. David Rufful added 11 points, while Kirk Crecco and Clive Weeden each notched eight points. Dartmouth was able to shoot 50 percent from the floor and hit 7-of-15 from beyond the arc. Dartmouth held a 28-18 scoring edge in the paint and a 13-4 advantage on second chance points.

ABOUT HARVARD
• 2010-11 Record: 13-3 (2-0 Ivy League)
• Head Coach: Tommy Amaker (Duke '87), fourth season at Harvard.
• Harvard brings a six-game win streak into Friday night's matchup with Columbia and sports a 13-3 overall mark (2-0 Ivy) heading into the weekend.
• Along with a solid win over Boston College on the road earlier this season, the Crimson own close losses to George Mason, Michigan and Connecticut, all coming on the road.
• Junior Keith Wright (14.3 ppg., 8.3 rpg.) leads four double figure scorers, with a fifth averaging better than nine points per game. Christian Webster (13.7 ppg.), Laurent Rivard (12.6 ppg.) and Oliver McNally (10.6 ppg.) are also in double figures, while Brandyn Curry (9.3 ppg., 5.6 apg.) is just a shade under.
• The Crimson is shooting 81 percent from the free-throw line and nearly 46 percent from the field overall. Defensively, opponents are shooting 43 percent from the field and are connecting on 36 percent from beyond the arc.
• Fourth-year head coach Tommy Amaker has built the Crimson program into one that can compete for its first-ever league title. During the 2009-10 campaign, Amaker guided the Crimson to one of the finest years in program history, as Harvard posted a 21-8 record, reaching a new high in victories in a season and earning a spot in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.

THE SERIES: Cornell leads the series 90-68, dating back to the first meeting between the teams in the 1901-02 season. The Big Red is 11-5 in the last 16 contests and has won five of the last six meetings. Cornell's last four wins in the series have come by an average of 24.8 points, while the Big Red is 6-2 in Cambridge, Mass. over the last eight years.

LAST TIME VS. HARVARD: Senior Ryan Wittman scored 27 points and hit every big shot all night and Cornell matched its school record win total by topping Harvard 79-70 at a sold-out Lavietes Pavilion. Wittman added eight rebounds and two blocked shots while making six 3-pointers in front of more than a dozen NBA scouts in attendance. He also had an assist and a steal in the victory. The 6-6 Wittman moved into sixth-place on the Ivy League scoring chart (1,885 points), surpassing former Harvard great Joe Carrabino'85 with 1,880. He became the first Ivy League player to reach 350 career 3-point field goals. Louis Dale added 20 points, five assists and four rebounds and Jeff Foote and Jon Jaques added 11 apiece. Foote also had seven rebounds and four assists. The Big Red shot 50 percent from the floor and connected on 12-of-23 from beyond the 3-point arc. Cornell also held a decided 31-20 edge on the backboards, including 14-3 on the offensive glass. The Big Red's 22 wins matches the school record set in 2007-08 during a 22-6 campaign, while the victory also assures Cornell of its sixth straight winning season in Ivy play, a first for the program. Cornell's 12 3-pointers gives the Big Red 245, a new single season record.Harvard got 24 points from Jeremy Lin and 14 from Kyle Casey as the Crimson shot 49 percent form the floor and connected on 32-of-34 free throws (94 percent). Both Lin and Casey hit on 10-of-11 shots from the line. Oliver McNally posted eight points.

THE STREAKS
• Cornell is 76-33 in the last four seasons (.697).
• The Big Red is 38-6 in Ivy League contests over the last four years (.864).
• Cornell is 43-7 over its last 50 home games (.860), including 26-5 in the last three seasons (.839) and 38-6 over the last four (.864).
• The team is 22-13 in its last 35 games away from Newman Arena (.629) and 16-11 in its last 27 true road games (.593).
• In non-conference games, the Big Red is 38-27 over the last four seasons (.585).

STREAKS AND STRETCHES:
• Sophomore Errick Peck has scored in double figures in nine of the last 10 games, averaging 14.4 points on .456 shooting (52-of-114) after averaging just 4.2 points on .231 shooting (9-of-39) over the first six contests.
• Junior Chris Wroblewski has been credited with at least six assists in eight of his last 11 contests.
• In Ivy League play, Wroblewski is a career .474 shooter (46-of-97).
• Junior Drew Ferry has hit at least three 3-pointers in 10 of the team's 16 games so far this season, including in nine of the last 11.
• Cornell's opponents have hit more 3-pointers than the Big Red just once in 16 games (Seton Hall, 10-5).
• After shooting under 40 percent from the floor in five straight contests, Cornell has shot 40 percent or better in six of the last eight games.
• The Big Red held three of its first six opponents under 40 percent shooting, but five of the last 10 opponents have shot 50 percent or better.
• 12 of the last 13 opponents have shot at least 20 free throws against Cornell.
• The Big Red has posted positive assist:turnover ratio in 10 of its last 11 games.
• As a team, Cornell is turning the ball over just 10.6 times per game in its last seven contests.

NEXT UP: The Big Red returns to the road to face Yale in New Haven, Conn., on Friday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m., then visits Brown on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in Providence, R.I.

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