Sunday, February 20, 2011

News and Notes: Sunday Edition

Above, during 2008, Cornell stormed the floor following a perfect 14-0 Ivy League season. The Big Red would repeat as conference champions during 2009 and then again in 2010, making it a "3-peat" -- culminating with the No. 17 final national ranking and Sweet 16 appearance last year. After Saturday's Ivy action, no team will match Cornell's perfect '08 record. Below, a weekend wrap up and news and notes for Sunday...

  • Further down below, we have your alumni updates on Big Red players overseas. Check out the recent stat lines of Louis Dale ('10) and Jeff Foote ('10).
  • A recap of some action during the weekend of Cornell's incoming recruits for next year: In Mississippi, Devin Cherry (Meridian HS) Meridian, MS, 6-3, G and Meridian routed Pascagoula 72-47 in the 6A South State championship game. In Michigan, Heritage.com notes of Dave Lamore (Dexter HS) Dexter, MI, 6-10, C, from Friday night that he had a "a slam dunk that rattled the bleachers" that tied a game against Ypsilanti at 44-44, before the opponent pulled away for the 47-44 win. Heritage.com writes, "LaMore had a huge night at both ends of the floor. The senior big man threw down 23 points, including a few dunks and outside jumpers. He took the ball to the hole aggressively throughout the game and had several big blocks in the second half." The Cleveland Plain Dealer recaps the Saturday night performance of Shonn Miller (St. Ignatius HS) Cleveland, OH, 6-6, F, as follows:

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Shonn Miller is regaining his old form, and that could be bad news for future opponents of the St. Ignatius basketball team.

Miller, a 6-6 senior, missed all of the preseason and the first five weeks of the regular season with a foot injury. On Saturday night, he appeared to be ready for the postseason when he led the Wildcats to a 74-59 victory over visiting Villa Angela-St. Joseph.

Miller helped St. Ignatius take an early lead by scoring in a variety of ways in the first quarter. Miller hit a 15-foot bank shot, a 3-point goal, two foul shots and a tip-in to help the Wildcats take an 18-9 lead.

"Shonn got going from the beginning," St. Ignatius coach Sean O'Toole said. "Since coming back from the injury, that's the best he's played on both ends of the floor. Everything from his demeanor to his effort to, obviously, his ability to score were there."

He finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots as the Wildcats improved to 9-8.

"It feels good to finally get a good game," said Miller, a Cornell recruit. "I've had some decent games, but I feel like I'm getting back to where I need to be."

  • Following Princeton's shocking loss at Brown on Saturday night, the Trentonian writes, "Last season Princeton lost a 57-54 contest to Brown while trying to track down Cornell at the top of the league. That win put the Bears at 4-6 in conference play. Yesterday’s win made the home team 3-7." The NJ Star Ledger adds, "A year ago, it was Princeton in pursuit of Cornell with little margin for error, having already lost to the Big Red in Jadwin. Last Feb. 20, Brown picked up its fourth Ivy win in 10 tries by defeating the Tigers 57-54 in Princeton. This year, 364 days later, Brown improved to 10-14, 3-7."
  • The Boston Globe notes of Harvard's weekend, "Against Columbia (14-10, 5-5), the Crimson basically staged a repeat of their Friday night win at Cornell, playing well enough in a variety of areas...One of the strong points of the Crimson’s season has been an ability to rotate star of the game honors. In the win over Cornell, guard Brandyn Curry assumed a more aggressive role on offense." The Crimson adds, "A day after taking down Ivy foe Cornell without much trouble, the Crimson (20-4, 9-1 Ivy) finished off its New York sweep with a 61-42 dismantling of Columbia (14-10, 5-5) Saturday night at Levien Gymnasium, winning for the 13th time in 14 games." With the Crimson's sweep of Cornell this season, Harvard is 3-5 against Cornell during the Tommy Amaker era.
  • 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: CollegeRPI.com 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 20 is No. 241 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 KenPom.com site ranks Cornell No. 202 in the nation, while the USA Today Sagarin rankings have Cornell at No. 222. 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 Rivals.com/YahooSports.com 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)
  21. vs. Penn W 82-71 (video recap)
  22. vs. Princeton L 55-57 (video recap)
  23. vs. Harvard L 60-73
  24. vs. Dartmouth W 96-76
IVY LEAGUE COMPOSITE SCHEDULE

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 [ESPN3.com] 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 [ESPN3.com/Big 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

Tuesday, February 8
*Penn 59 Princeton 62 OT [Verizon FiOS 1] Box Score - Recap

Friday, February 11
*Brown 75 Dartmouth 66 Box Score - Recap
*Princeton 76 Columbia 46 [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap
*Penn 71 Cornell 82 OT Box Score - Recap
*Yale 75 Harvard 78 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, February 12
*Brown 78 Harvard 85 Box Score - Recap
*Penn 62 Columbia 75 Box Score - Recap
*Princeton 57 Cornell 55 Box Score - Recap
*Yale 69 Dartmouth 60 [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap

Friday, February 18
*Penn 70 Brown 62 [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap
*Dartmouth 60 Columbia 67 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 73 Cornell 60 Box Score - Recap
*Princeton 58 Yale 51 [YES] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, February 19
*Princeton 65 Brown 75 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 61 Columbia 42 [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap
*Dartmouth 76 Cornell 96 Box Score - Recap
*Penn 60 Yale 58 Box Score - Recap


  • Throughout the season we will provide periodic updates on Cornell's eight (8) overseas alumni playing professionally. Below, some updates:
-John McCord ('97) (SIG Strasbourg, Pro A France)-Through February 20, the 6'6" forward and long time veteran of the European leagues is averaging 10.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Strasbourg sits at 8-10 and in 9th place in the 16 team league. During his roughly fifteen year pro career, McCord, a former 1st Team All Ivy League selection, has played in France's pro leagues and in England.

-Jeff Aubry ('99) (Halcones, LNBP Mexico/Puerto Rico Basketball League, Arecibo Capitanes)-Through February 20, Aubry, who splits his time in both Mexican and Puerto Rican professional leagues is averaging 5.9 points and 7.1 rebounds with Mexico's Halcones (25-11, 4th place out of 18 teams) and 5.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game for Puerto Rico's Arecibo (22-7, 2nd place out of 10 teams). Aubry played several seasons in the NBA D League in the early part of his career with the Fayetteville Patriots and Florida Flame. During his more than a decade of pro experience, Aubry has also played professionally in the ABA and abroad in Poland, Argentina, Uruguay and Peru.

-Cody Toppert ('05) (Forli, LegaDue Italy)-Through February 20, Toppert, a 6'4" shooting guard is averaging 10.8 points and 2.7 rebounds per game for Forli. Forli is 4-16 and in 16th place out of 16 teams. Toppert previously played this season with the Plymouth Raiders of the British Basketball League before moving to Italy. Like Aubry, Toppert is a veteran of the NBA D League, a former Albuquerque Thunderbird. During his pro career, Toppert has also played in the CBA as well as in Germany, Portugal, and New Zealand.

-Jason Hartford ('08) (Ginasio, LPD Portugal)-Through February 20, the 6'9" Hartford is averaging 15.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Ginasio is 7-9 and in 8th place in the 12 team league. During his career, Hartford has played professionally in Finland and Africa (Mozambique).


-Louis Dale ('10) (Gottingen, Bundesliga Germany)-Through February 20 Dale is averaging 7.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. Goettingen is 10-11 on the season and in 12th place out of 18 teams in the Bundesliga. Goettingen also advanced to stage 2 of the EuroCup and is one of 16 remaining teams in the tournament. Goettingen is currently 3-1 in Group J. On February 16, in the Euro Cup, Dale finished with an impressive 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in a 74-55 win over Greek power, Aris.

-Ryan Wittman ('10) (Ft. Wayne Mad Ants, NBA D-League)-Through February 20, Wittman is averaging 6.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per game. Wittman averaged 14.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game for Forli in Italy's LegaDue this season before moving to the NBA D-League during January. Ft. Wayne in 14-19 and 3rd place in the Eastern Conference.




-Jeff Foote ('10) (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel Winner's League/Melilla, Spanish 2nd Division)- Through February 20, Foote is averaging 8.6 points and 6.8 rebounds. Melilla is 12-11 and in 7th place out of 18 teams. Foote is on loan to Melilla from Maccabi Tel Aviv. On February 16, Foote had his best game since arriving in Spain, finishing with an incredible stat line of 19 minutes, 16 points (8/10 FGs), 7 rebounds and 1 block in a 81-73 win over Caceres. Highlights above from the game.

-Jon Jaques ('10) (Ashkelon, Israel Winner's League)-Through February 13, Jaques is averaging 2.8 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. Ashkelon is 4-13 and in 10h place in the 10 team Israeli league.
  • Below is an updated directory listing of some Twitter feeds associated with the Cornell basketball program. You can also follow The Cornell Basketball Blog on Twitter.
-Josh Wexler ('88)
-Steve Cobb ('05)
-Andrew Naeve ('07)
-Jason Canady ('08)
-Khaliq Gant ('09)
-Conor Mullen ('09)
-Ryan Wittman ('10)
-Pete Reynolds ('10)
-Jon Jaques ('10)
-Louis Dale ('10)
-Alex Tyler ('10)
-Geoff Reeves ('10)
-Jeff Foote ('10)
-Andre Wilkins ('10)
-Max Groebe ('10)
-Aaron Osgood ('10)
-The Cornell Rebounders Club
-Andrew Ferry ()
-Peter McMillan ()
-Errick Peck ()
-Dominick Scelfo ()
-Jake Mathews ()
-Dwight Tarwater ()
-Manny Sahota ()
-Dave LaMore
-Shonn Miller
-Assistant Coach Ricky Yahn ()
-Assistant Coach Mike Blaine ()
-Assistant Coach Marlon Sears ()
-Brian Delaney, Ithaca Journal ()
-Cornell Daily Sun Sports ()
-Slope Sports ()
-WVBR Sports ()
-Former assistant coach, Jay Larranaga ()

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thats quite a stat line for Shonn Miller, look forward to him getting here next year

Anonymous said...

Shonn Miller should feel free to replicate such performances when he gets here.