Saturday, February 5, 2011

Sports Network Previews Cornell at Brown

DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 5th, 6:00 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Pizzitola Center (2,800) -- Providence, Rhode Island. Television: none. Home Record: Cornell 2-4, Brown 6-2. Away Record: Cornell 1-10, Brown 2-9. Neutral Record: Cornell 1-1, Brown 0-0. Conference Record: Cornell 0-5, Brown 1-4. Series Record: Cornell leads, 69-46.

GAME NOTES: Fresh off of a Friday night win over Columbia, the Brown Bears will shot for continued success as they welcome the Cornell Big Red to the Pizzitola Center for an Ivy League tilt.

Cornell should provide Brown with ample opportunity to expand on its recent success. The Big Red has yet to win an Ivy League game, losing five straight since the conference schedule began on Jan. 15th

Brown has earned just one Ivy League victory this season, but the taste of success is still fresh in the Bears' mouths, as they earned said victory last night, downing Columbia 87-79. The win halted a three game skid.

With regard to the all-time series, tonight's game marks the 116th meeting between Cornell and Brown. The Big Red currently holds a 69-46 lead over the Bears.

Cornell has lost 14 of its last 16 games after starting the season at 2-1. The Big Red has found many a varied way to drop ball games and proved just last night that it can lose the close ones, falling 71-70 to Yale. If Cornell was any other program, the manner of loss would perplex observers, as the Big Red surrender a 10-point lead in the final 1:58 of game time to suffer the loss. After leading 36-32 at the break, Cornell was outscored by five points in the second half to take the loss. The Big Red got little production from its starting five, turning to the bench instead for a spark. Drew Ferry led the way with 18 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Eitan Chemerinski added 11 points in 18 minutes and Johnathan Gray added 20 points on a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor. Errick Peck was the only started to manage double figures, as he netted 16 points and pulled down six boards. The Big Red posts a minus-4.7 scoring margin on the year. They rely on the outside shot to rack up points, hitting 8.7 three-pointers per game. When the iron shrinks, the Big Red struggles to win games. Chris Wroblewski scores 14.6 ppg to pace the team, while Drew Ferry scores 11.9 ppg in support and has knocked down a team-high 57 three-pointer.

Brown has yet to win a league road game this season, posting an 0-3 record, but is 1-1 at home. The Bears' offense exploded Friday night to earn its first home win of the Ivy League season. Trailing 38-32 at the half, Brown ripped off 55 second half points to ice the win. The Bears shot an incredible 74.1 percent in the second half (20-of-27), including 57.1 percent from three-point range. They shot 60.7 percent from the field for the game. Sean McGonagill was the primary reason for the victory. He set a Pizzitola record for points in a game (39), while shooting an efficient 15-of-19 from the floor, 3-of-4 from downtown and 6-of-8 from the foul line. McGonagill also added six assists and four boards, nearly single handedly leading his team to victory. His performance was made all the more extraordinary by the fact that he averages just 10.7 ppg, good for third on the team. Peter Sullivan is the Bears' main offensive threat, as he puts in 13.1 ppg. Brown averages a solid 69.7 ppg, but allows 71.6 ppg on the other end.

When dealing with a Friday-Saturday slate, momentum can go a long way to ease tired limbs. Although it was just one victory, Browns' win over Columbia should help bolster the squad against the struggling Big Red tonight.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Brown 75, Cornell 62

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