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Stony Brook Seawolves (6-7, 1-1 America East)
Head Coach: Steve Pikiell, sixth season
Overall Record: 69-116
Record at SBU: 64-98
Cornell Big Red (3-10, 0-0 Ivy League)
Head Coach: Bill Courtney, first season
Overall Record: 3-10
Record at Cornell: same
About the Game: Stony Brook, looking for its third win in its last four games, heads to upstate New York for a non-conference tilt with defending Ivy League champion Cornell. This is SBU’s second-to-last non-conference game and it comes during a stretch of four games in nine days. This is the fifth all-time meeting between the two teams, and the Big Red lead the series 3-1 and have won both matchups in Ithaca, N.Y.
Scouting Cornell: The Big Red is in a rebuilding year under first-year head coach Bill Courtney. Cornell went 29-5 last season, won the Ivy League and defeated Temple and Wisconsin en route to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. However, the Big Red only returned one starter from that team and have struggled to 3-10 so far. Despite the change in personnel, the team still retains its three-point identity. The Big Red are averaging 9.3 three-pointers per game, 11th-best in the nation. Chris Wroblewski, the team’s junior point guard and leading scorer, and Drew Ferry are a combined 66-for-164 (40.2 percent) from behind the arcLast Time Out: Stony Brook made six of its first nine shots, but then went cold offensively making only 12 of 46 shots the rest of the way in a 55-49 home loss to Vermont. Marcus Rouse
was hot, scoring a career-high 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting, but no one else made shots. Despite the loss, the SBU defense did hold the Catamounts 16.5 points under their season average.
Last Time vs. Cornell: On Dec. 29, 2007, the Big Red connected on 10 three-pointers and shot 47 percent for the game in a 66-50 win over the Seawolves at Stony Brook Arena. Ryan Wittman scored 23 points and hit five of those 10 three-pointers for Cornell. Stony Brook shot just 31.5 percet on the night, but did have 20 offensive rebounds. Michael Tyree led the Seawolves with 17 points.