Monday, February 28, 2011

Cornell Athletics Game Notes for Senior Weekend

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Game #27:
Brown at Cornell
Tip off: Friday, March 4, at 7:00 p.m.
Site: Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
2010-11 Records: Brown (11-15, 4-8 Ivy League); Cornell (8-18, 4-8 Ivy League)
Series Record: Cornell leads 69-45
Last Meeting: Cornell won 91-79, Feb. 5, 2011 in Providence, R.I.

Game #28: Yale at Cornell
Tip off: Saturday, March 5, at 7:00 p.m.
Site: Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
2010-11 Records: Yale (14-12, 7-5 Ivy League); Cornell (8-18, 4-8 Ivy League)
Series Record: Cornell leads 107-102
Last Meeting: Yale won 71-70, Feb. 4, 2011 in New Haven, Conn.

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Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his first season at Cornell (8-18, .308) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher '44 Coach of Men's Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell will look to close out the 2010-11 season strong while honoring its three seniors when it plays host to Brown (Friday, March 4) and Yale (Saturday, March 5), with both games tipping off 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.

Seniors Mark Coury, Aaron Osgood and Adam Wire will be honored prior to Saturday's game against Yale. Both Wire and Osgood have been a part of three Ivy championship teams, while Coury was a member of two.

The Big Red is playing its best basketball of the year entering its final weekend, going 4-3 in its last seven games, and will have a chance to post a winning Ivy home record for the fifth straight season with a sweep of the Bears and Bulldogs.

Chris Wroblewski, a Capital One third-team Academic All-American, continues to lead the Big Red in scoring (14.3 ppg.) and assists (5.7 apg.), while classmate Drew Ferry is pouring in 11.7 ppg. Sophomore Errick Peck is the third double figure scorer, averaging 11.2 ppg. Cornell ranks seventh nationally in 3-point field goals per game (9.0).

Friday's game will feature two teams jockeying for positioning in the final standings. Both Brown and Cornell enter the final weekend with 4-8 records and could climb as high as fourth place with weekend sweeps and some help in other league games. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, have slim hopes for postseason play with a final weekend sweep. Head coach James Jones will capture a top half finish in the league standings for an 11th straight year.

• 2010-11 Record: 11-15 (4-8 Ivy League)
• Head Coach: Jesse Agel (Vermont '84), third season at Brown.
• Brown brings an 11-15 record into the contest, including 4-8 in Ivy play.
• The Bears are shooting 44 percent from the floor overall, but are also surrendering 44 percent shooting to opponents.
• Senior Peter Sullivan (14.0 ppg., 5.7 rpg.) leads the Bears in scoring and rebounding and is one of four Bears averaging 9.2 points or better.
• Tucker Halpern (12.7 ppg., 4.6 rpg.), Sean McGonagill 11.7 ppg., 4.3 rpg., 5.1 apg.) and Garrett Leffelman (9.2 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 (0-5) and has a 31-54 record overall.

THE SERIES: Cornell leads the series 69-45, dating back to the first meeting between the teams in the 1949-50 season. The Big Red is 12-1 in the last 13 contests against the Bears and has won nine straight. During Cornell's nine-game win streak, it has won by an average of 16.8points per game.

LAST TIME VS. BROWN: Cornell put six players in double figures to hand head coach Bill Courtney his first Ivy League win, a 91-79 victory over Brown on Feb. 5, 2011, at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Cornell continued to make the Pizzitola Sports Center its home away from home, hitting 16 3-pointers, outrebounding the home team by 12 (42-30) and holding a commanding 64-16 edge in bench scoring to snap a five-game skid. Drew Ferry scored 20 points, while both Johnathan Gray and Chris Wroblewski posted 13 points. Wroblewski added five rebounds and five assists to his totals. Both Max Groebe and Errick Peck also scored 11 points apiece and combined for 10 rebounds, while Mark Coury scored 10 points, grabbed nine rebounds, blocked two shots and stole a pass in 18 productive minutes off the bench. Brown got a 26-point, nine-rebound, five-assist effort from Tucker Halpen as the Bears hit 11 3-pointers of their own. The home team was credited with 21 assists and committed just eight turnovers in the loss.

• 2010-11 Record: 14-12 (7-5 Ivy League)
• Head Coach: James Jones (Albany '86), 12th season at Yale.
• Yale is coming off a weekend home sweep of Dartmouth (79-75) and Harvard (70-69).
• Junior center Greg Mangano has been the league's dominant post player midway through the 2010-11 season, averaging a double-double (16.1 ppg., 10.0 rpg.). The 6-10 Mangano also leads the Ivy League in blocked shots (3.2 bpg.).
• Sophomore Austin Morgan (12.4 ppg.) and senior Porter Braswell (11.2 ppg.) are also averaging in double figures for Yale.
• 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 156-180 overall record and has led the Bulldogs to top-half finishes in 10 consecutive years.

THE SERIES: Cornell leads 107-102 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 11 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: Yale rallied in the final two minutes to pull out a 71-70 victory over Cornell at John J. Lee Amphitheater on Feb. 4, 2011. The Bulldogs stole the win by overcoming a 10-point in the final 1:58 of the contest. Drew Ferry scored a game-high 18 points for the Big Red, including hitting on 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, while Errick Peck scored 16 points and added six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocked shots. Also in double figures for Cornell was Eitan Chemerinski with a career-best 11 points and six rebounds and Johnathan Gray with 10 on 4-of-4 shooting. Yale got 18 points from Porter Braswell, while Austin Morgan chipped in with 17 points, including the game-winning three-point play with 12 seconds to play. Greg Mangano had 14 points, nine rebounds and five of Yale's 10 blocked shots on the evening. The Bulldogs shot 49 percent from the field overall and overcame 18 turnovers with 19 team assists.

THANK YOU SENIORS!: Cornell will say goodbye to three seniors this weekend, as Mark Coury, Aaron Osgood and Adam Wire will make their final appearances at Newman Arena.
• Coury was one of the team's top post players in each of the last two seasons, first as a reserve on last year's Sweet 16 squad, and this year as a regular in the rotation. A transfer from the University of Kentucky, Coury's biggest highlight came last weekend when he beat the shot clock to hit the game-winning basket with 35 seconds left at the Palestra to help Cornell sweep Penn.
• A team captain in 2010-11, Osgood was expected to be a major factor in the post this season, and was w en healthy. One of the team's top scorers (7.3 ppg.) and rebounders (4.5 rpg.) this year, Osgood has played in 43 career games with eight starts, shooting 52 percent from the floor and averaging 3.0 points and 2.0 rebounds.
• Another team captain, this four-year letter winner ranks among the top 20 all-time in steals and field goal percentage in school history. He has more that 100 steals and 100 assists and enters the weekend having played in 101 games with 18 starts. As a senior, Wire has set career highs in scoring, rebounding and assists.

• Cornell has lost 10 of its 18 games by five points or less and six by three points or less. Its last three losses have come against top three Ivy teams by a total of 16 points. Big Red opponents have hit go-ahead baskets in the final minute of six games (St. Bonaventure, Lehigh, Binghamton, New Hampshire, Yale and Princeton).
• Cornell has started the same lineup in eight straight contests, its longest stretch of the season (4-4). The Big Red has had nine different starting lineups this year.
• The starting backcourt of freshman Jake Matthews and junior Miles Asafo-Adjei have combined for 21 points in the past eight games. Instead, the Big Red has had a dominant edge off the bench, outscoring opponents 355-156 (an average of 44.4-19.5).
• Sophomore Errick Peck has scored in double figures in 16 of the last 20 games, averaging 13.3 points on .449 shooting (93-of-207) after averaging just 4.2 points on .231 shooting (9-of-39) over the first six contests.
• Peck has made 16 3-pointers in his last 10 games (nine in his first 16 contests). He is shooting 16-of-37 from beyond the arc over that stretch (.432).
• Junior Chris Wroblewski has posted 95 assists and 34 turnovers over his last 17 contests.
• Wroblewski has posted at least four assists in 20 of his 24 contests.
• Junior Drew Ferry has hit at least three 3-pointers in 14 of the team's games so far this season.
• Sophomore Johnathan Gray has scored at least nine points in seven of his last 10 games and is averaging 7.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists in his last eight contests.
• Senior Mark Coury is averaging 8.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in his last seven games, shooting 23-of-42 (.548). During that span he is averaging 1.3 blocks and 1.1 steals while playing 22.1 minutes per game.
• Senior Adam Wire became the 11th Cornell player to reach 100 career steals with his two against Princeton. He currently has 102.
• Senior Max Groebe has averaged 9.9 points in his last seven games after scoring just three points in the previous four contests.
• Cornell's opponents have hit more 3-pointers than the Big Red just four times in 26 games (at Seton Hall, 10-5; at Harvard 10-5; at Princeton 10-9; at Penn 10-8).
• After shooting under 40 percent from the floor in five straight contests, Cornell has shot 40 percent or better in 13 of the last 18 games.
• 16 of the last 23 opponents have shot at least 20 free throws against Cornell.
• The Big Red has posted positive assist:turnover ratio in 18 of its last 21 games.
• In the team's last eight games, the Big Red has hit 79-of-198 (.399) from 3-point range.
• Cornell has hit double figure 3-pointers in 10 contests this season.
• In its last seven contests, the Big Red has shot 98-of-127 (.772) from the free-throw line (.688 overall on the season).
• Excluding the 19 turnovers in a game at Dartmouth, Cornell is averaging just 10.9 turnovers per game in conference play.
• The Big Red's last seven opponents have just 49 offensive rebounds (7.0 per game).
• As a team, Cornell has 235 3-pointers, its fourth straight season with 200 in a year. Prior to 2007-08, the Big Red had just one such season. In the last six years, Cornell has averaged 238 3-pointers a season (and counting). Included was a school-record 326 a season ago.

WROBLEWSKI NAMED TO CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM: Junior Chris Wroblewski has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America third-team for his performance on the court and in the classroom during the 2010-11 season. He was one of two Ivy League players to earn the honor, joining Brown's Garrett Leffelman, a second-team member. Wroblewski is the fourth Cornellian to earn a spot on the Academic All-America team and the first non-senior. Jeff Gaca was a third-team pick in 1993, Lenny Collins was a third-team member in 2006 and Graham Dow earned first-team accolades in 2007.

NEXT UP: With the 2010-11 season complete, the Big Red will kick off the 2011-12 campaign this coming October. Cornell will return all five starters and five of its top six scorers next year.


Anonymous said...

As good a season wrobo has had on the court this year its nice to see him make Academic All American as well.

Anonymous said...

where would a princeton-harvard tiebreak be held?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

It is to be determined, but will likely be either in New Haven or NYC.

Anonymous said...

The John J. Lee is almost exactly halfway between Princeton and Cambridge...

Anonymous said...

Make them come to Newman for the tiebreaker.....what are they? Wimps?