PHILADELPHIA -- Mark Coury's basket with one second left on the shot clock, and 35 seconds on the game clock, proved the go-ahead bucket, as Cornell held on to beat Penn, 74-72, on Saturday night at the Palestra.
Penn's Tyler Bernardini missed a game-winning 3-point try at the buzzer.
Cornell improved to 8-18 on the season and 4-8 in the Ivy League. It earned a split on the Princeton-Penn road trip, and a season sweep of the Quakers. Penn dropped to 12-13 and 6-5.
Penn guards Miles Cartwright and Zack Rosen scored 23 and 22 points, respectively. Forward Tyler Bernardini had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The Quakers took their first lead of the second half, 69-68, on a Cartwright layup with 1 minute, 14 seconds remaining. Coury answered with his jumper, and Cornell got a stop when Jack Eggleston's 3-pointer missed the mark.
Cornell shot 51.9 percent from the field, led by as many as 15 points and led for the majority of the contest.
Coury scored a team-high 13 points, Drew Ferry added 11 and Errick Peck 10. Guard Chris Wroblewski finished with 11 assists and five rebounds. He hit three of four free throws over the final 17 seconds.
The Big Red won for the first time in seven tries in a game decided by three points or less this season.
Cornell Daily Sun
Senior forward Mark Coury hit a 10-foot jumper off an inbounds pass with 34 seconds remaining to push the Cornell men’s basketball team to a 74-72 victory at Penn Saturday night, as the Red bounced back from an 84-66 defeat to Princeton Friday night.
Coury led Cornell (8-18, 4-8 Ivy League) with 13 points against the Quakers (12-13, 6-5) on 5-of-7 shooting, matching his career-high from the night before. This weekend there were no two-pointers bigger than Coury’s jump-shot in the final minute with the shot clock winding down.
“It was a pretty tense moment,” Coury said. “Coach drew up a play to have me set a back-screen and roll off it. [Sophomore guard Errick Peck] was guarded, [junior guard and tri-captain Chris Wroblewski] passed me the ball and I had one second to get it off. Call it luck or whatever — it was a big shot. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
“Mark takes that shot a lot during practice,” Peck said, after scoring 18 points on the weekend. “We got the ball inside and he made a huge shot.”
“It wasn’t exactly how we drew it up, but Mark made a great shot,” Wroblewski added.
It was the Red’s second victory of the season by a margin of five points or fewer, compared to 10 such losses.
Penn senior guard Tyler Bernardini missed a game-winning 3-point attempt at the buzzer, which could have capped a furious comeback by the Quakers. Cornell led the majority of the game, and held a 46-31 advantage three minutes into the second half.
Quakers freshman guard Miles Cartwright hit a floater in the lane with 1:14 to play, giving the home team its first lead of the second half, 69-68. Coury responded on the ensuing possession, then Cornell nailed 4-of-6 free throws down the stretch to escape the Palestra with a season sweep of Penn.
The game against league-leading Princeton (22-5, 10-1) on Friday night was had little in common with the Red’s Saturday night victory over Penn. In that matchup, the Tigers led by as many as 17 points in the first half, let Cornell crawl back into the game and then pulled away with a 23-5 run in the last 11 minutes for the 18-point win.
Princeton shot a sizzling 62.3 percent from the floor while hitting 10-of-18 3-point attempts. The Tigers made only 1-of-8 tries from distance in the matchup in Ithaca on Feb. 12 — a 57-55 Princeton triumph.
“[Against Princeton] we were able to fight hard and stay in the game, but we made too many errors and let the crowd get into it and they pulled away,” Peck said. “[Saturday night] we made a lot fewer mental errors and were able to come out with the win.”
After making only 37 percent of its shots Friday night, Cornell turned the tides against Penn, hitting 51.9 percent from the floor and assisting on 25-of-28 baskets. Wroblewski had 11 of the assists, overcoming a woeful shooting night (1-of-10 field goals).
“I had to do something to help the team,” Wroblewski said. “My shooting wasn’t working for me. But as a team, we did a great job of giving people the ball in scoring opportunities and people hit shots.”
Wroblewski led all Red scorers against Princeton with 14 points, while dishing out seven assists, grabbing four rebounds and stealing four passes. Tigers sophomore forward Ian Hummer had a game-high 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting.
“We let one guy (Hummer) beat us a little too much,” Peck said.
Against Penn, junior guard Andrew Ferry trailed Coury with 11 points and Peck chipped in 10. Senior forward and tri-captain Adam Wire and senior guards Max Groebe and Anthony Gatlin had eight apiece.
The Cornell bench outscored Penn’s 49-20, as the Red was able to overcome a 34-23 rebounding discrepancy — 23 points from Cartwright and 22 points from junior guard Zach Rosen. Senior forward Jack Eggleston was limited to four points — his fourth straight single-figure scoring game — after scoring 21 in the Red’s 11-point overtime win on Feb. 11 against Penn.
Ten different players scored for the Red in its last game. For Cornell, the main focus right now is on improvement, especially with only one home weekend remaining on its 2010-11 schedule.
“I think we’re making a lot of strides,” Peck said. “We’ll be much better next year.”
“I’ve just tried to go out and help the team improve as much as I can,” Coury said, when asked about his improved play the last couple weekends. “I want to leave this team in a position to have success in the future.”
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Senior Mark Coury hit a 10-foot jumper on an inbounds play as the shot clock expired with 35 seconds left and Cornell held on for a 74-72 victory over Penn on Saturday evening at the Palestra. Coury ended the night with 13 points, matching a career high, as the visitors improved to 8-18 (4-8 Ivy). Penn slipped to 12-13 (6-5 Ivy) with the loss on Senior Day.
Coury made 5-of-7 shots from the floor and added three rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and a steal in 22 productive minutes off the bench. He was a large part of the reason Cornell shot 52 percent from the floor overall and held Penn to 42 percent shooting. He was one of three players in double figures for Cornell, as Drew Ferry scored 11 and Errick Peck notched 10. Chris Wroblewski was the key distributor, dishing out 11 of the team's 25 assists (on 28 baskets) and turning the ball over just once. The 25 assists ranks third in a single game in Cornell history. Max Groebe, Anthony Gatlin and Adam Wire all had eight points as 10 different players scored.
Penn got 23 points, four assists and three steals from freshman Miles Cartwright, while Zack Rosen posted 22 points. Tyler Bernardini scored 14 points and had 10 rebounds, but shot just 5-of-16 from the floor in the loss. No other Penn player had more than four points. In all, Cornell's bench outscored Penn's 49-20 and limited Penn's All-ivy candidate Jack Eggleston to two points on 1-of-8 shooting.
Nine different players scored for the Big Red in the first half with Peck leading the way with eight. Cornell made 7-of-12 shots from downtown in the first half en route to its 12-point lead (39-27). Wroblewski distributed the ball around with five assists and no turnovers, while Groebe hit a pair of tough treys for the Big Red, who shot better than 50 percent from the floor overall in the half. Wire chipped in six points and three rebounds.
Cornell extended the lead to as many as 15 in the second half, and it looked as though the Big Red might fall prey to another close loss at Cartwright hitting a floater in the lane with 1:14 left to give the home team a 69-68 lead, erasing the entire deficit. That came just a minute after Ferry sank a 3-pointer from the top of the key to extend the Cornell lead to four, and Rosen answered with a trey of his own.
Coury's bucket made it 70-69, and Eggleston missed a 3-pointer on the other end that was rebounded by Wroblewski. The junior hit both free throws to make it a 72-69 Cornell lead, but this time Cartwright drove on Peck and lost the ball out of bounds. Johnathan Gray was fouled on the inbounds and made the first of two free throws with 10 seconds left to put the Big Red up four. Rosen calmly drained a trey with five ticks left, but Wroblewski nailed the first of his two ensuing free throws to push the lead back to 74-72. An 83 percent free throw shooter for his career, Wroblewski missed the second, but Bernardini's long desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer fell just short.
Cornell will look to end the season strong beginning on Friday, March 4 when it plays host to Brown at 7 p.m. at Newman Arena.
By Kevin Tatum
Penn swingman Tyler Bernardini had the shot all lined up.
With time running out in an Ivy League game between the Quakers and Cornell Saturday night at the Palestra, the 6-foot-6 senior had one last chance to cap a furious rally and win the contest for his team.
But Bernardini's three-point attempt from the top of the key was on line but short, and the Big Red left town with a 74-72 victory that ended the Quakers' winning streak at three.
Penn trailed by 16 points with 17 minutes, 37 seconds left to play, and it was 57-50 with 9:15 to go.
"It felt short coming off, and that was a bummer," said Bernardini, who finished with 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. "We were off from the beginning, and it came back to haunt us. We thought we could stage a comeback, and but we were unable to tonight."
Penn went down on a night when guards Zack Rosen (22) and Miles Cartwright (23) combined for 45 points and made big basket after big basket.
Cartwright's driving layup with 1:11 left gave Penn the lead at 69-68. But the visitors regained the lead at the 34.8 mark on a baseline jumper by forward Mark Coury, who had a team-high 13 points. With Cornell up, 73-69, a three-pointer by Rosen pulled Penn to within one point, but the Quakers would not score again.
Penn, which trailed 39-27 at intermission, is now 12-13 overall and 6-5 in the Ancient Eight. Cornell, the three-time defending league champ, improved to 8-18 and 4-8.
The Big Red lost eight seniors from last year's squad, plus coach Steve Donahue, who left Cornell to take over at Boston College. Donahue was replaced by Bill Courtney, a former assistant at several Division I schools who played for the Philadelphia Spirit of the old United States Basketball League.
The Big Red shot 15 for 29 shooting - including 7 of 12 from three-point range - in the first half against a Penn team that on Friday had held Columbia to 38.5 percent shooting.
It also didn't help the Quakers cause that they were 9 for 30 from the floor before the break.
"You've got to guard people," Penn coach Jerome Allen said after his team shot 42.1 percent from the floor. "You're not going to win basketball games just trying to outscore. We gave up  points in the first half. When we don't shoot it well, and we don't defend, that's a bad combination."
Notes. Penn forward Rob Belcore (ankle) sat out for the second straight game. . . . Coach Al Bagnoli and some members of the two-time Ivy League champion Penn football team were called out to center court and received an ovation during a first-half timeout. . . . Aaron Osgood of Cornell, a 6-9 senior forward, attended the Hill School in Pottstown. He did not suit up due to a knee injury.
The Penn men’s basketball team has dug itself out of so many double-digit holes this season, it almost seems comebacks after early deficits are inevitable.
After trailing by as many as many as 15, the Quakers worked their way back in the final minutes of the game, but could not hang on. Penn lost, 74-72 to Cornell, completing the season sweep by the Big Red.
Penn (12-13, 6-5 Ivy) started slow, and only scored 27 points in the first half. But a large — and loud — crowd at the Palestra kept the momentum moving in the Red and Blue’s direction as the Quakers went on a 9-0 run in the second, and eventually took a one-point lead with 1:01 remaining.
With 16.9 seconds to go, Zack Rosen fed the ball to Jack Eggleston, who had been struggling offensively, for an open three. He missed, and was forced to foul Cornell’s Chris Wroblewski, who had grabbed the rebound.
Wroblewski made both shots. The Quakers were forced to foul again, and went down, 69-73. With four seconds remaining, Rosen nailed a three. Penn fouled Wroblewski again. He made the first and missed the second. Tyler Bernardini took the ball up as the final seconds ticked away and put up a shot from eight feet behind the arc. The shot fell short, and Cornell escaped with a win.Penn returns to the court Friday at Harvard.
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PHILADELPHIA - Saturday night's Penn-Cornell basketball game at The Palestra followed a similar pattern to the game these two teams played two weeks ago in Ithaca. Unfortunately for the Quakers, the result was the same as two weeks ago as well -- a Penn loss (minus the overtime). Cornell jumped out to a double-digit lead. Penn fought back and took the lead late in the second half. But the Big Red made the plays down the stretch and walked out of the Palestra with the win, 74-72. Penn (12-13, 6-5 Ivy) had a chance to win. Cornell's Chris Wroblewski missed the second of two free throws to give the Big Red the two-point lead with 3.6 seconds left. Tyler Bernardini grabbed the rebound and quickly drove up the floor. At the top of the key, he pulled up and lofted a three-pointer just ahead of the buzzer. The shot only made it to the front rim, however, allowing Cornell the victory. The biggest play of the game? It could have been Mark Coury's jumper off an inbounds play with less than a minute left in regulation and just one second left on the shot clock. Coury caught the inbounds about 12 feet from the basket along the right baseline and essentially flipped it over his head like a hook shot. It went in, of course -- perfectly appropriate on a night when a number of desperation, late-in-the-shot-clock efforts by the Big Red found the mark. That pushed Cornell into the lead, 70-69, and negated the only lead the Quakers had in the second half. Penn brought the ball down, and with 16 seconds left Zack Rosen drove the lane before dishing it outside to senior Jack Eggleston in the right corner. Eggleston's trey attempt was short, however, and Wroblewski grabbed the board before being fouled. He made both. Miles Cartwright (23 points) had been spectacular getting to the rim throughout the second half, but this last time he tried to get to the lane, was bumped, and lost the ball out of bounds. Johnathan Gray was fouled on the inbounds and made one of two, before Rosen (22 points) hit a trey with 4.3 seconds to play that made the score 73-72. Wroblewski was then fouled on the inbounds, made the first but missed the second which set the stage for Bernardini's final effort. Penn led, 20-19, with nine minutes left in the first half, but Cornell scored seven straight points and parlayed that run into a 39-26 lead at the half. It was 46-31 after two minutes in the second, before Penn used an 11-0 run that got them back into the game and brought to life the crowd of 6,874. Cornell (8-18, 4-8 Ivy) kept its poise, thanks mostly to Coury who hit seven straight points. That made the score 53-46, and when Adam Wire hit a jumper the Big Red lead was nine. Penn's final push started in the final seven minutes. Down, 63-53, the Quakers got three points from a Zack Gordon trey, then Rosen hit a layup to make it 63-58. Anthony Gatlin answered for Cornell, but Cartwright came up with three consecutive layups to get the Quakers within one, at 65-64. At that point, the roof was ready to come off. Drew Ferry briefly quelled the crowd with a three-pointer, but Rosen matched it from the left corner. Then, after Coury missed a jumper that Rosen rebounded, Cartwright got into the paint again and put Penn up. In addition to Cartwright and Rosen, Penn also got a double-double from Bernardini (14 points, 10 rebounds). At the other end, Coury finished with 13 points, while Ferry had 11 and Errick Peck had 10. Wroblewski scored just six points, but had 11 assists with only one turnover.