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Game #14: Stony Brook at Cornell
Tip off: Saturday, Jan. 8, at 2:00 p.m.
Site: Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
2010-11 Records: Stony Brook (6-7, 1-1 America East); Cornell (3-10, 0-0 Ivy League)
Series Record: Cornell leads 3-1
Last Meeting: Cornell won 66-50, December 29, 2007 in Stony Brook, N.Y.
Radio: WVBR 93.5 FM (Barry Leonard)
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Tickets: available by calling (607) 254-BEAR
HEAD COACH BILL COURTNEY
Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his first season at Cornell (3-10, .231) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher '44 Coach of Men's Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.
The Big Red are coming off a 78-66 loss to Buffalo on Monday evening in a game that was closer than the final score would indicate. The Bulls made all 10 of its free throws in the final two minutes to overcome Cornell's 10 3-point field goals and its 19 offensive rebounds.
Bob Cousy Award candidate Chris Wroblewski continues to lead the Big Red in scoring (14.4 ppg.) and assists (6.2 apg.), while backcourt mate Drew Ferry is pouring in 12.2 ppg. and is coming off an all-tournament effort at the VCU tournament. Sophomore forward Errick Peck is averaging 16.3 points over his last seven games and 10.7 ppg. for the season.
Head coach Steve Pikiell's team, like the Big Red, has had an up-and-down non-conference season before opening league play with a win over UMBC (64-56) and a loss to Vermont (49-55). SBU opened the season with a 3-1 start, then dropped five of its next six games before topping Colgate 63-54 prior to the New Year and beginning the conference season with a bang. Leading the way is junior guard Bryan Dougher, who is averaging 13.8 points per game.
ABOUT STONY BROOK
• 2010-11 Record: 6-7 (1-1 America East)
• Conference: America East
• Head Coach: Steve Pikiell (Connecticut '90), sixth season at Stony Brook.
• Stony Brook brings a 6-7 overall record into the contest after falling at home to Vermont on Tuesday, 55-49.
• Bryan Dougher is the team's lone double figure scorer at 13.8 ppg., but seven other players are averaging between 4.6 and 9.1 points per game.
• The Sea Wolves are shooting just 38 percent from the floor and have 53 more turnovers than assists in the first 13 games.
CORNELL VS. THE AMERICA EAST: Cornell is 15-20 all-time against current members of the America East. The Big Red is 3-1 against Stony Brook and has also faced Albany (1-3), Binghamton (4-2), Boston University (1-1), Hartford (0-3), Maine (0-1), New Hampshire (1-3) and Vermont (5-6). Cornell has never played UMBC. This is the last of five contests against America East teams in 2010-11. The Big Red knocked off Albany on the road, 65-61, on Nov. 12, and lost at Boston University 66-61 on Nov. 27, at Binghamton 69-68 on Dec. 18 and against New Hampshire 68-66 on Dec. 29 at VCU.
THE SERIES: Cornell leads 3-1 in a series that began during the 1999-2000 season. The Big Red is 2-0 all-time in Ithaca and has won two straight overall, the last a 66-50 victory on Dec. 29, 2007. Both games at home were close affairs, with Cornell earning a 79-74 win in the first meeting and capturing a 76-72 triumph during the 2006-07 campaign.
LAST TIME VS. STONY BROOK: Cornell found its shooting touch after halftime and used a great defensive effort to pull away from Stony Brook for a 66-50 victory on Dec. 29, 2007, at the Stony Brook Arena. Cornell hit on 59 percent of its shots in the final 20 minutes and limited the Seawolves to 32 percent shooting for the game. Sophomore Ryan Wittman had a game-high 23 points to go along with five assists, four rebounds and two steals to lead Cornell offensively, while Adam Gore (12), Alex Tyler (11) and Louis Dale (10) were also in double figures. Wittman, Gore and Dale combined to hit all 10 of the Big Red's 3-pointers in the win. Tyler chipped in a team-best seven rebounds and Collin Robinson had a game-high seven assists off the bench. Stony Brook was led by 17 points from Michael Tyree and 10 off the bench from Nick Carter.
THE STORY LINES
• The Big Red will play its final non-conference game when it plays host to America East challenger Stony Brook on Saturday at Newman Arena.
• Cornell has lost nine of its last 10 games, but will be attempting to gain some momentum heading into the Ivy League's “14-game Tournament,” which begins next Saturday at Columbia.
• Cornell has won three of four meetings against Stony Brook in program history, but the Big Red is just 1-3 against teams from the America East in 2010-11.
• Sophomore forward Errick Peck is averaging 16.3 points on .494 shooting (40-of-81) in his last seven games after averaging just 4.2 points on .231 shooting (9-of-39) in his first six.
• Cornell is 75-31 in the last four seasons (.708).
• The Big Red is 38-4 in Ivy League contests over the last three years (.905).
• Cornell is 42-6 over its last 48 home games (.894), including 25-4 in the last three seasons (.862) and 37-5 over the last four (.881).
• The team is 22-12 in its last 32 games away from Newman Arena (.647) and 16-10 in its last 26 true road games (.615).
• In non-conference games, the Big Red is 37-27 over the last four seasons (.578).
STREAKS AND STRETCHES:
• Sophomore Errick Peck has scored in double figures in seven straight games, averaging 16.3 points on .494 shooting (40-of-81) 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 seven of his last eight contests.
• Junior Drew Ferry has hit at least three 3-pointers in eight of the team's 13 games so far this season, including in seven of the last eight.
• Cornell's opponents have hit more 3-pointers than the Big Red just once in 13 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 four of the last five games.
• The Big Red held three of its first six opponents under 40 percent shooting, but five of the last seven opponents have shot 50 percent or better.
• After allowing 13.5 offensive rebounds per game over the team's first eight contests, Cornell has limited opponents to 6.2 offensive rebounds in the last five games.
• Nine of the last 10 opponents have shot at least 20 free throws against Cornell.
• The Big Red has had eight consecutive games with a positive assist:turnover ratio.
• Cornell is averaging 12.5 3-pointers on .556 shooting from beyond the arc in its last two games.
• As a team, Cornell is turning the ball over just 10.5 times per game in its last four contests.
• The Big Red has had its struggles from the free-throw line recently, shooting just .602 (59-of-98) in its last five contests.
WROBLEWSKI NAMED IVY PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior guard Chris Wroblewski was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Jan. 3 after two outstanding efforts at the Richmond Marriott Holidays on the Hardwood Tournament. Wroblewski averaged 17.5 points, 9.0 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals while making 5-of-9 3-pointers (56 percent). In the win over defending Southern Conference champion Wofford, he scored 21 points and dished 12 assists, the second-best single-game assists total in school history. He added five rebounds and hit all four of his attempts from 3-point range in directing an offense that shot 64 percent from the floor and 71 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Wroblewski opened the week with 14 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals in a two-point loss to New Hampshire.
TALLER AT HOME: The Big Red has won 22 straight conference home games entering the season, a mark that ranks tied for fourth nationally. Xavier has won 32 consecutive home Atlantic 10 contests, while Kansas has captured 28 straight Big 12 contests. Utah State also ranks just ahead of Cornell with 24 straight wins in the Western Athletic Conference. Cornell's 22 Ivy League wins at home are tied with Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference and Oakland in the Summit League.
NEXT UP: Cornell begins its search for a fourth consecutive Ivy League title when it visits Columbia on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at Levien Gymnasium.