Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cornell Athletics Game Notes for Princeton/Penn Roadtrip

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Game #25:
Princeton at Cornell
Tip off: Friday, Feb. 25, at 7:00 p.m.
Site: Jadwin Gymnasium (6,854), Princeton, N.J.
2010-11 Records: Princeton (20-5, 8-1 Ivy League); Cornell (7-17, 3-7 Ivy League)
Series Record: Princeton leads 135-78
Last Meeting: Princeton won 57-55, Feb. 12, 2011 in Princeton, N.J.

Game #26: Penn at Cornell
Tip off: Saturday, Feb. 26, at 7:00 p.m.
Site: The Palestra (8,722), Philadelphia, Pa.
2010-11 Records: Penn (11-12, 5-4 Ivy League); Cornell (7-17, 3-7 Ivy League)
Series Record: Penn leads 143-72
Last Meeting: Cornell won 82-71 in OT, Feb. 11, 2011 in Ithaca, N.Y.

Radio: WVBR 93.5 FM (Barry Leonard)
TV: Verizon FIOS (Princeton)
Live Stats: check availability at www.CornellBigRed.com
Live Video: check availability at www.CornellBigRed.com
Tickets: available by calling (607) 254-BEAR

Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his first season at Cornell (7-17, .292) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher '44 Coach of Men's Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.

ITHACA, N.Y. — With wins in three of its last five games, the Cornell men's basketball team will hit the road for the final time in 2010-11 in search of the big “W” when the Big Red visits Princeton on Friday and Penn on Saturday, 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.

Cornell split a four-game homestand, including last weekend's 20-point win over Dartmouth and 13-point loss to Ivy leader Harvard. The Big Red hit 22 3-pointers in the two games, including 16 treys in a 96-point effort against the Big Green. Junior Chris Wroblewski scored 19 points and had nine assists in the win, while sophomore Errick Peck scored a career-high 22 points. Sophomore Johnathan Gray had a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double against Dartmouth.

Wroblewski, who was named to the Capital One Academic All-America third team earlier this week, continues to lead the Big Red in scoring (14.7 ppg.) and assists (5.4 apg.), while classmate Drew Ferry is pouring in 11.8 ppg. Peck continued his outstanding play and is now averaging 13.8 points over his last 18 games and 11.4 ppg. for the season. Cornell ranks seventh nationally in 3-point field goals per game (9.1).

The Tigers, percentage points behind Harvard atop the Ivy League after its loss at Brown last weekend, need to keep pace with the Crimson prior to their matchup next weekend. Already at 20 wins, head coach Sydney Johnson's team has four double figure scorers. The Quakers won at both Brown and Yale last weekend after dropping four straight, including three in overtime, in Ivy League play.

• 2010-11 Record: 20-5 (8-1 Ivy League)
• Head Coach: Sydney Johnson (Princeton '97), fourth season at Princeton.
• Princeton enters the weekend percentage points behind first-place Harvard after suffering a 75-65 upset loss at Brown in its last game on Feb. 19.
• The Tigers are a perfect 10-0 at home in 2010-11.
• Princeton has four players averaging in double figures, with Ian Hummer (13.9 ppg., 6.8 rpg.) leading the way. Kareem Maddox (13.6 ppg., 7.1 rpg., 1.9 bpg.), Dan Mavraides (12/6 ppg., 4.6 rpg., 2.9 apg.) and Douglas Davis (12.2 ppg., 1.3 spg.) are also in double figures.
• Always know nationwide for its defense, Princeton is averaging 69.2 points and shoot 46 percent from the floor on offense. Defensively, the Tigers are limiting teams to 42 percent shooting from the floor and 33 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
• Fourth-year head coach Sydney Johnson has helped turn around the proud Princeton program, as the former Ivy League Player of the Year guided the program to a 22-9 season a year ago.

THE SERIES: Princeton leads the series 135-78 dating back to the first meeting between the teams in the 1901-02 season. Cornell has won 10 of the last 13 meetings between the teams, including five of the last six games at Jadwin Gymnasium.

LAST TIME VS. PRINCETON: Senior Kareem Maddox, one of the leading candidates for the 2010-11 Ivy League Player of the Year, made two huge plays in the final minute as Princeton escaped Newman Arena with a 57-55 victory over Cornell on Feb. 12, 2011. Maddox tied the score with just under two minutes to play in the second half, then hit the go-ahead jumper on a broken play with 10 seconds remaining. The senior then made his own bucket stand up, blocking what appeared to be a game-tying putback attempt by Mark Coury with two seconds to play, His block ended in the hands of Big Red junior Drew Ferry, whose 3-point attempt was just left as the horn sounded. The 6-8 Maddox finished the contest with a game-high23 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots, as well as three assists and a steal in 35 minutes. He hit on 8-of-10 field goals from the field and 7-of-10 from the free-throw line. He was the only Tiger in double figures. Cornell placed three in double figures, with junior Chris Wroblewski leading the way with 14 points, four assists and four steals. Errick Peck had 13 points and two blocked shots and Mark Coury notched 10 points, six rebounds a block and a steal. As a team, the Big Red forced 18 Tiger turnovers and picked up 11 steals. Defensively, Cornell limited the Tigers to 1-of-8 from beyond the arc and held the team's top two scorers, Ian Hummer and Dan Mavraides, to six points on 1-of-9 shooting.

• 2010-11 Record: 11-12 (3-1 Ivy League)
• Head Coach: Jerome Allen (Penn '09), second season at Penn.
• Penn enters Friday's contest against Columbia with consecutive wins after losing four straight, including three consecutive in overtime. The Quakers are 3-1 at home in Ivy play with the only loss coming in double overtime to conference leader Harvard.
• Junior guard Zack Rosen (14.4 ppg., 5.5 apg., 3.6 rpg.) leads four double figure scorers, with Jack Eggleston (13.7 ppg., 8.2 rpg.), Tyler Bernardini (12.7 ppg.) and Miles Cartwright (11.0 ppg.) joining them.
• The Quakers are shooting 46 percent from the floor overall, but are surrendering 46 percent shooting themselves.
• Head coach Jerome Allen, one of the Ivy League's all-time great players and an NBA veteran, is in his second season as head coach of the Quakers. The two-time Ancient Eight Player of the Year has posted a 17-27 mark as head coach after taking over midway through the 2009-10 season.

THE SERIES: Penn leads 143-72 overall in a series that dates back to the 1903-04 campaign. Cornell has had the best of the series recently, winning six of the last seven after losing 18 consecutive contests to the Quakers. The Big Red won the first meeting this season 82-71 in overtime on Feb. 11 in Ithaca.

LAST TIME VS. PENN: Senior Max Groebe hit a pair of 3-pointers to open overtime, part of a career-high 20-point night, and Cornell was able to get defensive stops when it needed to in winning its second in a row, topping Penn 82-71 on Feb. 11, 2011, at Newman Arena. Groebe hit six of Cornell's 12 3-pointers on the night, going 6-of-8 from beyond the arc. He opened the extra session with a trey 14 seconds in and the Big Red never trailed again. Groebe and junior Chris Wroblewski (21 points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals) each scored more than 20 points. Also in double figures was Drew Ferry, who scored 11 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished three assists off the bench. Johnathan Gray chipped in nine points and four rebounds, Mark Coury had six points and five rebounds, Adam Wire notched four rebounds and four assists and Errick Peck had three points, four rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Each of them made several big plays at key times to give the Big Red its first win streak of the season. Jack Eggleston had 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Quakers, who lost their third straight overtime contest. Zack Rosen scored 15 points and dished off six assists for the Quakers, including becoming the 36th player in Penn history to reach 1,000 points with his first basket of the game.

• Cornell has lost 10 of its 17 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 six straight contests, its longest stretch of the season. 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 18 points in the past six games. Instead, the Big Red has had a dominant edge off the bench, outscoring opponents 264-108 (an average of 44.0-18.0).
• Sophomore Errick Peck has scored in double figures in 15 of the last 18 games, averaging 13.8 points on .457 shooting (86-of-188) after averaging just 4.2 points on .231 shooting (9-of-39) over the first six contests.
• Peck has made 15 3-pointers in his last eight games (nine in his first 16 contests). He is shooting 15-of-31 from beyond the arc over that stretch (.484).
• Junior Chris Wroblewski has posted 77 assists and 30 turnovers over his last 15 contests.
• Wroblewski has posted at least four assists in 18 of his 22 contests.
• Wroblewski needs three 3-pointers to reach the top 10 in school history for a career (currently 140).
• Junior Drew Ferry has hit at least three 3-pointers in 13 of the team's games so far this season.
• Sophomore Johnathan Gray has scored at least nine points in six of his last eight games and is averaging 8.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in his last six contests.
• Senior Mark Coury is averaging 7.0 points and 6.4 rebounds in his last five games, shooting 15-of-29 (.517). During that span he is averaging 1.0 blocks and 1.4 steals while playing 22.2 minutes per game.
• Senior Adam Wire became the 11th Cornell player to reach 100 career steals with his two against Princeton. He currently has 101.
• Senior Max Groebe has averaged 11.0 points in his last five games after scoring just three points in the previous four contests.
• Cornell's opponents have hit more 3-pointers than the Big Red just twice in 24 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 12 of the last 16 games.
• 16 of the last 21 opponents have shot at least 20 free throws against Cornell.
• The Big Red has posted positive assist:turnover ratio in 16 of its last 19 games.
• In the team's last six games, the Big Red has hit 62-of-154 (.403) from 3-point range.
• Cornell has hit double figure 3-pointers in 10 contests this season.
• In its last five contests, the Big Red has shot 71-of-89 (.798) from the free-throw line (.686 overall on the season).
• Excluding the 19 turnovers in a game at Dartmouth, Cornell is averaging just 11.0 turnovers per game in conference play.
• The Big Red's last five opponents have just 30 offensive rebounds (6.0 per game).
• As a team, Cornell has 218 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 235 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: Cornell will close out the 2010-11 season at home against Brown on Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m., then will honor its three seniors playing their final game (Mark Coury, Aaron Osgood andAdam Wire) prior to its contest with Yale on Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in Newman Arena.

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