Monday, January 31, 2011

Cornell Athletics Game Notes for at Yale and Brown

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Game #19:
Cornell at Yale
Tip off: Friday, Feb. 4, at 7:00 p.m.
Site: John J. Lee Amphitheater (2,532), New Haven, Conn.
2010-11 Records: Cornell (4-14, 0-4 Ivy League); Yale (9-9, 2-2 Ivy League)
Series Record: Cornell leads 107-101
Last Meeting: Cornell won 79-59, March 6, 2010 in New Haven, Conn.

Game #20: Cornell at Brown
Tip off: Saturday, Feb. 5, at 6:00 p.m.
Site: Pizzitola Sports Center (2,800), Providence, R.I.
2010-11 Records: Cornell (4-14, 0-4 Ivy League); Brown (7-11, 0-4 Ivy League)
Series Record: Cornell leads 68-45
Last Meeting: Cornell won 95-76, March 5, 2010 in Providence, R.I.

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

Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his first season at Cornell (4-14, .222) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher '44 Coach of Men's Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.

ITHACA, N.Y. — The Big Red men's basketball team will remain on the road for the second straight weekend when it visits Yale on Friday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. and Brown on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. Barry Leonard will provide the call on 93.5 WVBR-FM and on the internet as part of the RedCast subscription service.

The Big Red fell to 0-4 in Ivy League play with a weekend sweep at the hands of Dartmouth (64-57) and Ancient Eight leader Harvard (78-57). Sophomore Errick Peck was a bright spot despite battling with a flu bug all weekend, scoring 35 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, collecting four steals, blocking two shots and dishing out two assists in 34 total minutes.

Junior Chris Wroblewski, a Bob Cousy Award candidate, continues to lead the Big Red in scoring (15.0 ppg.) and assists (5.7 apg.), while junior Drew Ferry is pouring in 11.6 ppg. Peck continued his outstanding play and is now averaging 14.9 points over his last 12 games and 11.3 ppg. for the season. Cornell ranks 17th nationally in 3-point field goals per game (8.7) and is first in the Ancient EIght in defending the 3-point shot (.327).

Both Yale and Brown will be looking to end recent dominance by the Big Red in the all-time series. The Bulldogs bring a 9-9 overall mark and feature the conference's top frontcourt play in 6-10 junior center Greg Magnano (14.8 ppg., 10.1 rpg.). Like Cornell, Brown and senior forward Peter Sullivan (13.1 ppg.) bring an 0-4 conference record into the weekend and will be looking to snap out of an early conference season slump. The Bears are 7-11 overall this season.

• 2010-11 Record: 9-9 (2-2 Ivy League)
• Head Coach: James Jones (Albany '86), 12th season at Yale.
• Yale is coming off a weekend road sweep at the hands of Penn (66-58) and Princeton (67-63), snapping a four-game Bulldog win streak.
• Junior center Greg Mangano has been the league's dominant post player midway through the 2010-11 season, averaging a double-double (14.8 ppg., 10.1 rpg.). The 6-10 Mangano also leads the Ivy League in blocked shots (2.7 bpg.).
• Sophomore Austin Morgan (12.7 ppg.) and senior Porter Braswell (10.6 ppg.) are also averaging in double figures for Yale.
• Always tough at home, Yale is 5-2 in New Haven, Conn. this season.
• During the non-conference season, the Bulldogs topped former Big Red head coach Steve Donahue's Boston College (75-67) team and had a narrow loss to Providence.
• Head coach James Jones is the dean of Ivy League coaches in his 12th season on the Yale sidelines. He sports a 151-177 overall record and has led the Bulldogs to top-half finishes in 10 consecutive years.

THE SERIES: Cornell leads 107-101 overall in a series that dates back to the 1898-99 campaign. Cornell has had the best of the series recently, winning eight of the last 10 meetings. The Big Red's last five wins over the Bulldogs have come by an average of 21.4 points per game.

LAST TIME VS. YALE: The Cornell men's basketball team closed the regular season by winning its 27th game, matching the second-best total ever by an Ivy League school with a 79-59 victory at Yale on March 6, 2010, at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. Senior Ryan Wittman hit six 3-pointers to set an Ivy League season record and become the first player in league history to hit 100 in one year en route to his 20 points. He scored 17 of his points in the second half. Louis Dale added 18 points, five assists and two steals, giving him 13 assists and zero turnovers for the weekend. Chris Wroblewski chipped in with 10 points, five rebounds and three assists and Jeff Foote notched nine points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots. The Big Red shot 53 percent from the floor and made 12-of-21 3-pointers, including 8-of-10 after halftime. Cornell was credited with 19 assists and just nine turnovers. On his senior night, Alex Zampier scored 24 points and made 5-of-9 3-pointers as the only Bulldog player in double figures. Yale shot just 37 percent from the floor and 35 percent from beyond the arc. Michael Sands added nine points and six rebounds.

• 2010-11 Record: 7-11 (0-4 Ivy League)
• Head Coach: Jesse Agel (Vermont '84), third season at Brown.
• Brown enters Friday's game against Columbia having lost four of its last five contests, all Ancient Eight games. They enter the weekend 0-4 in conference action.
• The Bears are shooting 43 percent from the floor overall, but are surrendering 44 percent shooting to opponents.
• Senior Peter Sullivan (13.1 ppg., 5.7 rpg.) leads the Bears in scoring and rebounding and is one of four Bears averaging 9.0 points or better. He is close to joining the top 10 all-time in scoring for the Bears.
• Tucker Halpern (11.2 ppg., 4.7 rpg.), Garrett Leffelman (9.9 ppg.) and Sean McGonagill (9.1 ppg.) are also a large part of Brown's balanced offensive attack.
• Third-year head coach Jesse Agel is looking for his first win over Cornell (0-4) and has a 27-50 record overall.

THE SERIES: Cornell leads the series 68-45, dating back to the first meeting between the teams in the 1949-50 season. The Big Red is 11-1 in the last 12 contests against the Bears and has won eight straight. During Cornell's eight-game win streak, it has won by an average of , winning those games by an average of 17.4 points per game.

LAST TIME VS. BROWN: For the third consecutive season, the Cornell men's basketball team made it through the 14-game Ivy League tournament as the conference's top team. This time, a wave of 3-pointers by the Big Red washed out Brown, 95-76, in an offensive clinic on March 5, 2010, at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Cornell tied an Ivy League record and set a school mark with 20 3-pointers to become the first school to earn an NCAA tournament bid for the third consecutive season. Senior Jon Jaques tied his career high with 20 points and made 6-of-8 3-pointers, one of four Cornell players to hit at least four triples. The 20 makes surpassed the school record of 18 set last season against Ursinus, and matched the Ivy record of 20 by Princeton also against Ursinus during the 2002-03 campaign. All five starters were in double figures, with Louis Dale adding 18 points, eight assists and zero turnovers. Ryan Wittman added 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished off five assists and had a block and a steal. Rounding out the double figure scorers were Chris Wroblewski and Jeff Foote with 14 points apiece. Both Errick Peck and Alex Tyler chipped in five points apiece. Cornell shot 57 percent overall from the floor, had 22 assists and just eight turnovers, and limited the Bears to 30 percent shooting after halftime to run away with the victory. Brown's Peter Sullivan posted 23 points, while Garrett Leffelman notched 16 and Adrian Williams posted 13 off the bench. The Bears shot 59 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes and turned the ball over just six times in the game, but couldn't weather Cornell's 3-point attack. Senior Matt Mullery had 10 points, five rebounds and three assists in 23 foul-plagued minutes for the All-Ivy center.

• Sophomore Errick Peck has scored in double figures in 11 of the last 12 games, averaging 14.9 points on .471 shooting (64-of-136) after averaging just 4.2 points on .231 shooting (9-of-39) over the first six contests.
• Peck has 30 offensive rebounds in his last 11 games (2.7) after grabbing just one in his first seven contests. He has averaged 5.2 rebounds per game over that span.
• Junior Chris Wroblewski has posted 50 assists and 15 turnovers over his last nine contests.
• Junior Drew Ferry has hit at least three 3-pointers in 10 of the team's games so far this season, including in nine of the last 13.
• Ferry, the team's second-leading scorer at 11.6 ppg., is scoring 5.3 points in his last three contests while shooting 21 percent from the floor (6-of-28) and 18 percent from 3-point range (4-of-22).
• Freshman Jake Matthews is averaging 3.3 points in Ivy play after scoring just three points total in the first 14 contests. He is shooting 50 percent from the floor in conference action.
• In his last three games, sophomore Miles Asafo-Adjei is averaging 5.7 points per game.
• Cornell's opponents have hit more 3-pointers than the Big Red just twice in 18 games (Seton Hall, 10-5; Harvard 10-5).
• After shooting under 40 percent from the floor in five straight contests, Cornell has shot 40 percent or better in seven of the last 10 games.
• 14 of the last 15 opponents have shot at least 20 free throws against Cornell.
• The Big Red has posted positive assist:turnover ratio in 10 of its last 13 games.
• Cornell has posted at least 10 offensive rebounds in six straight games and in 14 of the team's 18 games overall.

TALL IVY: Over the last five seasons, Cornell's 47-13 record is the best among Ivy League teams in conference action. Penn, who claimed the 2006-07 title, is second at 35-23, followed by Yale (33-27), Columbia (29-31) and Harvard (28-32). Other Ivy teams include Princeton (26-32), Brown (25-35) and Dartmouth (16-44).

NEXT UP: Cornell begins a four-game Ivy League home stand when it meets Penn on Friday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. before battling Princeton on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at Newman Arena in Bartels Hall.

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