Monday, February 7, 2011

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, some news and note for Monday.

  • Brian Delaney of the Ithaca Journal published an updated recap with quotes from Saturday's win at Brown. Delaney writes:

Reserves help halt Cornell's basketball slide,Courtney wins first in Ivy League

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- One night after foundering under the pressure of closing out a game, the Cornell men's basketball team made amends.

The Big Red picked up an elusive victory Saturday night, 91-79, over Brown to snap a five-game losing streak. It was first-year coach Bill Courtney's first Ivy League victory.

"We made shots, that was a big part of it," Courtney said. "When we make shots, everything else is easier. I'm proud of the guys for the character they showed in bouncing back from a disappointing loss on Friday."

Consecutive 3-pointers from sophomore Johnathan Gray midway through the second half gave Cornell a lead it would not relinquish at 64-59. Brown cut its deficit to four points on two occasions with less than 4 minutes to play, but both times Cornell had an answer: 3's from Max Groebe and Gray.

"They were tremendous off the bench," Courtney said. "Everybody who came off the bench gave us a lift, and both those guys knocked down a couple early shots and got their confidence up."

The Big Red entered the game as the Ivy League's worst free-throw shooting team. On Saturday, the team made 19 of 23. In the last two minutes, it made 10 of 13.

The finish was starkly different from Friday's 71-70 loss at Yale, when the Big Red (5-15, 1-5) squandered a 10-point lead with less than 2 minutes remaining.

Six Cornell players reached double figures Saturday. Drew Ferry scored a team-high 20 points, Gray and Chris Wroblewski had 13 apiece, Errick Peck and Groebe added 11 each and senior center Mark Coury finished with 10 points, 9 rebounds and two blocks.

Brown sophomore Tucker Halpern, a 6-foot-8 forward, led his team with 26 points, nine rebounds and five assists. He shot eight of 15 from the field, and hit five of his team's 11 3-pointers. Freshman point guard Sean McGonagill, who scored 39 points in Friday's victory over Columbia, was held to 11 points on four of 16 shooting.

Courtney credited Wroblewski's defense on McGonagill, and aggressive play on ball screens, for limiting McGonagill's output.

Cornell outrebounded Brown, 42-30. The Big Red shot 46.7 percent from beyond the arc (16 for 34) and 49.1 percent overall on the night. Its 91 points were a season-high.

In other Ivy games Saturday, Harvard edged Penn in two overtimes, 83-82; Princeton pulled away from Dartmouth in the second half to win, 68-53; Yale held off a late Columbia surge and won, 72-67.

The weekend's results leave Princeton (16-4, 4-0 Ivy) alone in first place, followed by Harvard (16-4, 5-1), Penn (9-9, 3-1) and Yale (11-9, 4-2). Cornell hosts Penn on Friday night at Newman Arena. Princeton visits Saturday.
  • Michele Clearly of the Columbia Spectator writes, "...That is what is so great—and terribly frustrating—about Ivy League basketball: Anyone can win on any given day. Even last year’s historic Cornell squad dropped a game in Philadelphia to a Penn team that would finish 5-9 in the league.This year’s Cornell squad started its Ivy season 0-4, losing twice to our very own Lions before falling at Dartmouth and Harvard. If you had asked me how I thought Cornell would fare at Yale and Brown this weekend, I would have bet on them being 0-6 today. Maybe they could have pulled out a win against the Bears, but no way would they even come close to beating the Bulldogs. The Cornell-Yale game was not even close to a blow out, though. In fact, had the Big Red forward Errick Peck’s layup gone in with four seconds left to play, Cornell would have probably walked away with a 72-71 victory instead of a 71-70 defeat. Given the heartbreaking nature of that loss, and Brown point guard Sean McGonagill’s jaw-dropping, 39-point performance against Columbia the night before, it would not have been at all shocking for the Big Red to drop to 0-6 in conference play. But instead, Cornell—a team that had been averaging 65.2 points a game before Saturday—dropped 91 points to win its first conference game this season."
  • Evan Rich of the Cornell Daily Sun writes, "During the men’s basketball team’s NCAA tournament run last season, many argued that Newman Nation had overtaken the Lynah Faithful as the most dedicated fan base on campus. As a hockey season ticket holder who has seen almost every home game in the last two years, I was shocked at the notion that the Faithful was anything but. When the men’s hockey team began the season with three straight losses and entered winter break with a paltry record of 4-6-1, I was legitimately concerned that Cornellians would jump off the bandwagon. To my surprise, just the opposite happened."
  • Several of the Ivy League student newspapers are catching up with recapping last weekend's action. Below are few of Monday's articles:

Sixteen 3-pointers and six double-figure scorers propelled the Cornell’s men’s basketball team to its first Ivy League win of the season on Saturday night. Twenty-four hours after squandering a 10 point-lead in the final two minutes to lose at Yale, 71-70, the Red produced a season-high point total to capture the long-awaited victory, 91-79, at Brown.

Junior guard Andrew Ferry led Cornell (5-15, 1-5 Ivy League) with 20 points off the bench, helping offset a 26-point, nine-rebound, five-assist effort from Brown (8-12, 1-5) sophomore forward Tucker Halpern. Junior guard and tri-captain Chris Wroblewski added 13 points for the Red, as did sophomore guard Jonathan Gray. It was Gray’s second straight double-digit scoring game after being held to under 10 points in every contest since the season-opener. Sophomore forward Errick Peck and senior guard Max Groebe chipped in 11 points apiece. Groebe had been held scoreless in six of his previous nine games, including Friday night at Yale (11-9, 4-2).

“Before the game [against Brown], the coaches told me to just go out and play loose,” Groebe said. “I was able to get into a rhythm and hit some shots.”

Senior forward Mark Coury scored 10 points, grabbed nine rebounds, blocked two shots and tallied a steal in 18 productive minutes off the bench. Cornell outrebounded Brown, 42-30. The efficient performance against the Bears — making 49.1 percent of shots from the floor, 46.7 percent from behind the arc and hitting 19 of 23 free throws — went a long way towards erasing nightmares of the Red’s collapse the night before.

Seemingly on its way to earning the elusive Ivy League victory against the Bulldogs, Cornell committed multiple ill-timed fouls and one costly turnover in the final minutes, handing extra possessions to Yale.

Bulldogs sophomore guard Austin Morgan completed a 3-point play with 12 seconds remaining, giving Yale all it needed to stun the Red in a one-point victory in New Haven, Conn — arguably the toughest loss for Cornell to swallow in a season consisting of nine losses by a margin of five points or fewer.

Cornell made sure no such repeat happened Saturday night in Providence, R.I. After consecutive 3-pointers from Gray midway through the second half gave the Red a 64-59 lead, Cornell built a lead it would not relinquish. Brown twice got the margin within four, but each time the Red had an answer in the form of a successful shot from distance. The second time, when the Bears made it 78-74 with 3:17 left, Cornell ripped off a 10-0 run to put the game away.

The Red was able to hold Brown freshman guard Sean McGonagill to 11 points on 4-of-16 shooting one night after he scored 39 in the Bears’ first Ivy League win. That victory temporarily left Cornell alone in last place in the Ancient Eight.

But the Red got its chance in the head-to-head matchup against Brown, took advantage of the opportunity and now sits in seventh place. “It feels like we have a monkey off our back,” Groebe said. “It feels really good after all the close losses we’ve had to put together a good game that resulted in a win.”

The one constant in Cornell’s roller-coaster weekend was its bench. The Red reserves outscored Yale, 42-10, and Brown, 64-16. First-year head coach Bill Courtney again switched up his starting lineup this weekend, opening each game with Wroblewski, Peck, sophomore guard Miles Asafo-Adjei, freshman guard Jake Matthews and sophomore forward Josh Figini.

Cornell will look to feed off the momentum from its first Ivy win when it hosts Penn on Friday night, followed by another home matchup against Princeton on Saturday.

Yale Daily News: Bulldogs return to their winning ways

It was a weekend the men’s basketball team will not soon forget.

The Bulldogs (11–9, 4–2 Ivy) edged Cornell (5–15, 1–5) 71–70 Friday night and defeated Columbia (12–8, 3–3) 72–67 a night later. An exhilarating two-minute comeback helped the Bulldogs erase a 10-point deficit to beat the Big Red. Against the Lions, the Bulldogs managed to hold on to a 16-point first half lead to secure the win.

Austin Morgan ’13 had 15 points and five assists against Columbia on Saturday at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Sitting at 2–2 in the Ivy League, the Bulldogs needed a win against Cornell, one of the cellar dwellers of the conference, in order to stay in title contention. Friday night, the Bulldogs got off to the hot start that they were looking for. Four minutes in to the game, a Porter Braswell ’11 three-pointer gave Yale a 20–9 advantage. But after watching the Bulldogs start the game on a 12–2 run, Cornell went on a 12–2 tear of its own to close the deficit to one. The Bulldogs extended their lead to 30–23 with 3:22 to go, but the last three minutes were all Big Red. Cornell scored 13 of the next 15 points to enter halftime with a 36–32 lead.

The game stayed close for the first eight-and-a-half minutes of the second half. After Cornell’s Drew Ferry drilled a three, forward Jeremiah Kreisberg ’14 scored four points to give the Bulldogs a one-point lead with 8:10 left. That would be Yale’s last lead for eight minutes as Cornell went on a 13–2 run over the next six minutes to take a 65–55 advantage with 1:58 left.

“With three minutes left in the game, I said to myself, ‘We’re going to win this game,’” head coach James Jones said in a press release. “I didn’t know how it was going to happen, but we’re going to win.”

But the Bulldogs refused to give up. Four straight Braswell free throws narrowed the deficit to six. Cornell’s Mark Coury made one of two free throws before Morgan nailed two from the charity stripe. Peck countered with two more free throws, but Braswell struck back with a three-pointer. Cornell’s Chris Wroblewski was sent to the line with 55 seconds left where he made two free throws. But Morgan made two free throws and center Greg Mangano ’12 converted a layup. Then, with 12 seconds left to go and the Bulldogs down by two, Morgan drove to the hoop, made the shot, and drew the foul. He sank the free throw, and the Bulldogs left with a stunning victory.

“The coaches always tell us to keep playing until the end,” Morgan said in a press release. “We kept chipping away without time going off the clock.”

Braswell led the Bulldogs with 18 points. Morgan added 17 points and four assists. Mangano ended the night with 14 points, nine rebounds and five blocks. Ferry led Cornell with 18 points...

Brown Daily Herald: McGonagill ’14 drops 39, carries Bruno to first Ivy win

The men's basketball team had an up-and-down homestand this weekend, defeating Columbia, 87-79, on Friday before falling to Cornell, 91-79, the following night...

Cornell 91, Brown 79

Bruno was unable to carry the momentum from Friday's win into the following evening's matchup against Cornell (5-15, 1-5 Ivy). They fell, 91-79, as Cornell grabbed its first conference victory of the year. The Big Red did all they could to silence McGonagill, holding the weary freshman to 11 points on four-of-16 shooting.

"Every time he came around a ball screen, they doubled him and they made him give it up," Agel said. "He still got a lot of opportunities. He just looked like his legs were a little tired. He played almost every second over the weekend, and he did a great job, but we can't expect him to carry us."

With McGonagill relegated to distributing the ball — he finished with seven assists — Tucker Halpern '13 became the fifth Bear to lead the team in scoring in five games, registering 26 points to go along with nine rebounds and five assists.

The Big Red displayed a balanced attack, finishing with six players in double figures. They shot 16 of 34 from beyond the arc, with more than half of their points coming from three-point range.

From his position on the bench, Sullivan saw a change in his team from the night before.

"I don't think we had as much energy," he said. "Last night, we were really eager to get the win. We were winless in the league, and we were being real competitive. Tonight, they scored 91 points — just way too many points. You've got to give Cornell a lot of credit. They hit a ton of threes, they played really well and they hit tough shots."

The Bears hit the road again this weekend, seeking to improve upon their Ivy League record. They travel to Dartmouth on Friday and will face Harvard the following night.

  • Cornell RPI Watch: The RPI (Rating Percentage Index) is a measure of strength of schedule and how a team does against that schedule. It does not consider the margin of victory, but only whether or not a team won and where the game was played (home/away/neutral court). The formula is 25% team winning percentage (WP), 50% opponents' average winning percentage (OWP), and 25% opponents' opponents' average winning percentage (OOWP). (See: for a further explanation of the formula.) The RPI may be the most influential factor in NCAA Tournament seeding. Cornell's RPI rank as of February 7 is No. 254 out of 347 total Division I teams. While neither the Ken Pomeroy or Jeff Sagarin rankings are used by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, the site ranks Cornell No. 211 in the nation, while the USA Today Sagarin rankings have Cornell at No. 226. Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.
  • Game Recaps-Below are links to our game recaps from each of Cornell's games this season. Associated press recaps courtesy of are always available by clicking on Cornell's schedule/results on the right column of this blog.
  1. at Albany W 65-61 (video recaps)
  2. at Seton Hall L 68-92
  3. vs. Delaware W 75-61 (video recap)
  4. vs. St. Bonaventure L 54-56
  5. at Lehigh L 57-60
  6. at Boston University L 61-66
  7. at Syracuse L 58-78
  8. at Minnesota L 66-71 (video recap)
  9. at Binghamton L 68-69
  10. vs. Bucknell L 64-75
  11. vs. New Hampshire (@ VCU) L 66-68
  12. vs. Wofford (@VCU) W 86-80
  13. vs. Buffalo L 66-78
  14. vs. Stony Brook W 60-52
  15. at Columbia L 75-79
  16. Columbia L 66-70
  17. at Dartmouth L 57-64
  18. at Harvard L 57-78 (video recap)
  19. at Yale L 70-71
  20. at Brown W 91-79 (video recap)

Friday, November 12
Columbia 71 La Salle 82 Box Score - Recap
Rutgers 73 Princeton 78 OT Box Score - Recap
Cornell 65 Albany 61 Box Score - Recap
Brown 69 Fordham 65 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, November 13
Harvard 53 George Mason 66 Box Score - Recap
Davidson 64 Penn 69 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 52 Providence 87 Box Score - Recap
Yale 75 Quinnipiac 84 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, November 14
Cornell 68 Seton Hall 92 Noon [SNY/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court] Box Score - Recap
Princeton 60 Duke 97 [ESPNU] Box Score - Recap

Monday, November 15
Maryland-Eastern Shore 74 Columbia 108 Box Score - Recap
Yale 55 Providence 58 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, November 16
Brown 67 Rhode Island 92 Box Score - Recap
New Hampshire 55 Dartmouth 53 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, November 17
Delaware 61 Cornell 75 Box Score - Recap
Holy Cross 49 Harvard 72 Box Score - Recap
Penn 54 Manhattan 59 Box Score - Recap
Columbia 66 St. John’s 79 Box Score - Recap

Thursday, November 18
Yale 75 Boston College 67 Box Score - Recap

Friday, November 19
St. Bonaventure 56 Cornell 54 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 71 Hartford 57 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, November 20
Harvard 75 Mercer 69 Box Score - Recap
Sacred Heart 67 Brown 81 Box Score - Recap
Columbia 76 Longwood 95 Box Score - Recap
Drexel 77 Penn 56 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, November 21
Dartmouth 59 Loyola (Md.) 73 Box Score - Recap

Monday, November 22
Cornell 57 Lehigh 60 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 64 James Madison 65 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, November 23
Bucknell 55 Princeton 66 [at JMU] Box Score - Recap
Colgate 63 Columbia 76 Box Score - Recap
Quinnipiac 69 Dartmouth 52 Box Score - Recap
Lafayette 65 Penn 74 Box Score - Recap
Yale 47 Illinois 73 [ESPNU] Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, November 24
St. Francis (N.Y.) 63 Brown 67 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 69 Bryant 66 Box Score - Recap
Presbyterian 69 Princeton 67 [at JMU] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, November 27
Brown 66 New Hampshire 70 Box Score - Recap
Army 79 Yale 87 Box Score - Recap
Colgate 63 Dartmouth 80 Box Score - Recap
Cornell 61 Boston University 66 Box Score - Recap
Penn 58 Pittsburgh 82 [] Box Score - Recap

Sunday, November 28
Colorado 66 Harvard 82 Box Score - Recap
Columbia 64 American 62 Box Score - Recap
Siena 77 Princeton 86 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, November 30
Cornell 58 Syracuse 78 [ East Sports Network] Box Score - Recap
Maryland-Baltimore County 59 Penn 71 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 82 Lafayette 64 [Lafayette Sports Network] Box Score - Recap
Hartford 76 Yale 81 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 1
Columbia 68 Bucknell 73 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 53 Vermont 80 Box Score - Recap
Fordham 57 Harvard 80 Box Score - Recap

Thursday, December 2
Brown 46 Hartford 58 [Connecticut Sports Network] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, December 4
Army 52 vs. Penn, 68 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 62 Michigan 65 [Big Ten Network] Box Score - Recap
Yale 78 Vermont 82 Box Score - Recap
Brown 62 Maine 54 Box Score - Recap
Stony Brook 72 Columbia 73 Box Score - Recap
Cornell 66 Minnesota 71 [Big Ten Network] Box Score - Recap

Sunday, December 5
Saint Joseph’s 65 Princeton 74 Box Score - Recap

Monday, December 6
Brown 64 Providence 91 Box Score - Recap
Albany 53 Yale 74 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 7
WPI 54 Harvard 69 Box Score - Recap
Wagner 71 Columbia 77 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 8
Princeton 64 Monmouth 61 Box Score - Recap
Yale 75 Bryant 53 Box Score - Recap
Villanova 65 Penn 53 [The Comcast Network] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, December 11
Boston University 71 Harvard 87 Box Score - Recap
Bryant 72 Columbia 76 Box Score - Recap
Army 68 Dartmouth 71 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, December 12
Princeton 82 Tulsa 78 (2 OT) Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 14
Dartmouth 61 St. Francis (N.Y.) 69 Box Score - Recap

Friday, December 17
Princeton 69 Wagner 57 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, December 18
Cornell 68 Binghamton 69 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, December 19
Dartmouth 42 Iowa State 71 Box Score - Recap
Sacred Heart 71 Yale 62 Box Score - Recap

Monday, December 20
Bucknell 75 Cornell 64 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 21
Army 88 Brown 86 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 67 Drake 59 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 22
Princeton 75 Towson 65 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 52 Connecticut 81 [SNY] Box Score - Recap
Penn 78 Delaware 68 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 28
Yale 44 Stanford 60 [Comcast SportsNet Bay Area] Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 29
New Hampshire 68 Cornell 66 [at VCU] Box Score - Recap
Monmouth 69 Harvard 74 Box Score - Recap
Brown 51 Central Connecticut State 67 Box Score - Recap
Penn 57 Marist 66 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 65 Northeastern 63 [at UCF] Box Score - Recap

Thursday, December 30
Cornell 86 Wofford 80 [at VCU] Box Score - Recap
Princeton vs. Furman/Central Florida, 5/7:30 pm [at UCF]
Columbia 74 Maine 71 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 57 Bucknell 74 Box Score - Recap

Friday, December 31
Bryant 71 Brown 84 Box Score - Recap
Lehigh 62 Yale 57 Box Score - Recap
MIT 58 Harvard 84 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, January 2
Elon 70 Columbia 69 Box Score - Recap

Monday, January 3
Buffalo 78 Cornell 66 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 47 Army 67 Box Score - Recap
Penn 62 Kentucky 86 [ESPNU] Box Score - Recap
Brown 67 American 77 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, January 5
Columbia 76 Lafayette 73 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 78 Boston College 69 Box Score - Recap
Marist 57 Princeton 68 Box Score - Recap
Yale 77 Holy Cross 76 OT Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 8
Stony Brook 52 Cornell 60 Box Score - Recap
Baruch 57 Yale 85 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 68 Dartmouth 53 Box Score - Recap
Lyndon State 55 Brown 88 Box Score - Recap
Union (N.Y.) 59 Columbia 64 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, January 12
Penn 83 La Salle 89 OT [The Comcast Network] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 15
*Yale 69 Brown 64 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 67 George Washington 62 Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 75 Columbia 79 Box Score - Recap

Monday, January 17
Quinnipiac 78 Brown 87 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 64 Colgate 67 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, January 19
Penn 56 Temple 73 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 22
*Brown 51 Yale 59 Box Score - Recap
*Dartmouth 50 Harvard 59 Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 70 Cornell 66 [Time Warner] Box Score - Recap
Saint Joseph’s 61 Penn 73 [The Comcast Network] Box Score - Recap

Sunday, January 23
College of New Jersey 40 Princeton 73 Box Score - Recap

Friday, January 28
*Brown 60 Princeton 78 [Verizon FiOS 1] Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 57 Dartmouth 64 Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 66 Harvard 77 Box Score - Recap
*Yale 58 Penn 66 [The Comcast Network] [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 29
*Cornell 57 Harvard 78 Box Score - Recap
*Yale 63 Princeton 67 Box Score - Recap
*Brown 78 Penn 80 OT Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 66 Dartmouth 45 [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap

Friday, February 4
*Dartmouth 47 Penn 78 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 61 Princeton 65[ESPNU] [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 79 Brown 87 Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 70 Yale 71 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, February 5
*Dartmouth 53 Princeton 68 Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 91 Brown 79 [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 67 Yale 72 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 83 Penn 82 (2OT) Box Score - Recap

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