Wednesday, March 2, 2011

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...



Incoming Cornell recruits, Shonn Miller (St. Ignatius HS) Cleveland, OH, 6-6, F and Dave LaMore (Dexter HS) Dexter, MI, 6-10, C, discuss over Twitter what jersey numbers they would like wear at Cornell next season.
  • Some updates on Cornell's incoming recruits: The Cleveland Plain Dealer published an extended recap of St. Ignatius' 63-62 defeat on Saturday to Benedictine. What the article makes clear is what we already knew, incoming Big Red recruit, Shonn Miller, can beat you a lot of different ways. His 28 point performance included at least one dunk as well as four 3-pointers. Future Cornell classmate and big man, Dave Lamore, scored 15 points in the 1st half and 22 points on the game last night as Dexter defeated Tecumseh 61-29, per MLive.com. He was an impressive 9/10 from the foul line. Tonight, Devin Cherry (Meridian HS) Meridian, MS, 6-3, G and his Wildcats face Starkville in the semifinals of the 6A state tournament. The Meridan Star notes, "One year removed from a loss to rival Starkville in the Class 6A state title game, the Meridian boys find themselves running into the same foe — just one game earlier this time. This go round , the two teams will battle in the semifinal round of the MHSAA Basketball Tournament at the Mississippi Coliseum tonight... Meridian is led by a slew of senior talent headlined by Mississippi State signee and Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen Rodney Hood... [and] Cornell signee Devin Cherry..." Also in state playoff action, Galal Cancer (Christian Bros. Academy), Albany, NY, 6-2, G, did what he does best last night, take over games when his team needs it. The Albany Times Union writes the following recap (and had a live blog on the game):

ALBANY -- The years roll by and the players graduate, but one thing remains a constant with the Christian Brothers Academy boys' basketball program each March. Reaching the Section II Class AA final has become a annual rite of passage for the Brothers.

Albany High, however, did not get that memo.

Tuesday night at Times Union Center, the Falcons appeared poised to end the Brothers' season. Pushed to the absolute brink, CBA needed someone to step forward and senior guard Galal Cancer answered the call -- scoring 30 points, including making 16 of 17 foul shots, as the Brothers escaped with a 65-62 semifinal victory over the Falcons in overtime.

"I didn't panic at all," said Cancer, who is headed to Cornell in the fall.

In the second contest, Bishop Maginn continued its incredible playoff ride after a 5-13 regular season by knocking off Suburban Council No. 1 seed Shenendehowa 59-50 in the second semifinal.

The Brothers (21-0) will now compete in their eighth straight Section II Class AA title game -- having won five -- and ninth consecutive championship overall March 8 against the Golden Griffins (8-13). Game time is 7 p.m.

The Falcons (13-7) were really close to pulling off one of the biggest upsets in recent memory against CBA, the 2010 state champions and the No. 3 squad in the state.

Jakei Thurman provided Albany a 53-49 lead with 80 seconds left in the fourth quarter, but Cancer answered for the Brothers with a drive. After an Albany timeout, Cancer stole the inbounds pass and converted his drive to knot the score at 53. It remained that way as the teams headed into a four-minute overtime session.

"Galal is not only hitting foul shots, but coming up with the big steal when we really needed it at the end of regulation," CBA coach Dave Doemel said. "The defense he plays is tremendous. The free-throw shooting, he is so confident in that we're pretty grateful when he is on the line."

Cancer converted all eight of his free throws in overtime. The final two came with 20.7 seconds remaining in the extra session to provide the Brothers a 65-62 advantage. Albany's Shaqile Owens missed on a 3-pointer and Wesley Phillip missed on a 14-footer -- when the Falcons needed three points -- at the buzzer.

CBA went the first 6:25 of the fourth quarter without a basket and turned the ball over six times in the quarter.

"We lost our composure a little bit and I credit Albany High for that. They played as good a defense as anybody has played (against us) all year," Doemel said. "They were hounding us every place on the floor and we needed to react a little bit better, and we didn't do that."

Think of all the superlatives you can praise a basketball team with, and that still would be selling the Albany High boys’ basketball team short Tuesday night.

Gritty, determined, resilient, unrelenting and clutch are all things Albany deserved to be called Tuesday.

And the Falcons almost did the unthinkable at Times Union Center — beat Christian Brothers Academy and prevent the Brothers from extending their streak of reaching the Section II Class AA title game to eight straight years.

But for all the praise that possibly could be heaped on Albany, CBA senior guard Galal Cancer deserved that, and then some.

The Brothers were uncharastically sluggish in the fourth quarter — the time CBA so often has surged away from would-be playoff challengers.

When things looked bleak, Cancer summoned up his best basketball of the evening. The senior scored the final two baskets of regulation — including a steal and conversion that forced overtime — and proceeded to score 10 points in the extra four minutes to propel CBA to a thrilling 65-62 overtime decision over the Falcons.

Cancer made 7 of 12 shots from the field and 16 of 17 attempts from the foul line to register a season-high 30 points.

“Galal is not only hitting foul shots, but coming up with the big steal when we really needed it at the end of regulation,” CBA coach Dave Doemel said. “The defense he plays is tremendous. The free-throw shooting, he is so confident in that we’re pretty grateful when he is on the line.”

“He is a great player. Great players do great things in tight situations,” Albany coach Jon McClement said of Cancer.

CBA went the first 6:25 of the fourth quarter without a basket. Jakie Thurman provided Albany (13-7) a 53-49 edge after forcing a turnover with 80 seconds left. The Falcons missed two shots at the end of regulation.

Albany’s speed and aggressiveness helped force CBA into 17 turnovers and also limited the Brothers to just nine three-point attempts. Cancer and Joe Krong combined to make 14 of 25 shots, and the rest of the team converted just 7 of 22 attempts.

“We lost our composure a little bit and I credit Albany High for that. They played as good a defense as anybody has played (against us) all year,” Doemel said.

Thurman made 6 of 14 shots for the Falcons. Shaqille Owens scored 13 points for Albany, and the trio of Wesley Phillip, Amari Gaddy and Jahmeer Rollin all delivered 10 points.

Despite all the strong moments Albany enjoyed and how well it performed defensively, the Falcons simply had no way of stopping Cancer.

The victory sends CBA to its ninth straight championship appearance (the first during the streak being the Class A final loss to La Salle in 2003) March 8 against Bishop Maginn.


  • Jeff Foote ('10) has created quite the impression with the Spanish media since signing with Melilla Balancesto in the 2nd Division. Foote, who is on a 1-year loan from Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv club, is averaging 11.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in just 23 minutes per game during Melilla's last 6 games. These are impressive numbers from a rookie in one of Europe's top leagues. The following highlight package was produced by Foote's club.


  • Former Cornell assistant coach, Joe Burke, now the head coach of Skidmore College has guided the Thoroughbreds into the Division III NCAA Tournament.
  • Penn senior, Jack Eggleston tells the Daily Pennsylvanian that he did not start just four games in his entire Penn career and recounts the opponents as, "Howard, Miami, Cornell and Princeton."
  • Speaking of Ivy League graduating seniors, below is also listing of the seniors expected to graduate for each of the eight Ivy League schools.
    -Brown (Peter Sullivan, Garrett Leffelman, Adrian Williams, Chris Taylor)
    -Columbia (Asenso Ampim, Max Craig, Zack Crimmins)
    -Cornell (Adam Wire, Mark Coury, Aaron Osgood)
    -Dartmouth (Ronnie Dixon, Clive Weeden)
    -Harvard (none)
    -Penn (Jack Eggleston, Andreas Schreiber, Conor Turley, Darren Smith, Dan Monckton)
    -Princeton (Kareem Maddox, Dan Marvaides, Bobby Foley)
    -Yale (Porter Braswell, Raffi Mantilla, Alfonso Costa)
  • 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 March 2 is No. 225 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. 200 in the nation, while the USA Today Sagarin rankings have Cornell at No. 216. 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 (video recap)
  24. vs. Dartmouth W 96-76 (video recap)
  25. at Princeton L 66-84
  26. at Penn W 74-72
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

Friday, February 25
*Harvard 68 Brown 74 [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 54 Penn 64 [The Comcast Network] Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 66Princeton 84 [Verizon FiOS 1] Box Score - Recap
*Dartmouth 75 Yale 79 OT Box Score - Recap

Saturday, February 26
*Dartmouth 76 Brown 100 Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 61 Princeton 66 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 69 Yale 70 Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 74 Penn 72 [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap

Friday, March 4
*Penn at Harvard, 7 pm
*Princeton at Dartmouth, 7 pm [SIRIUS]
*Brown at Cornell, 7 pm
*Yale at Columbia, 7 pm

Saturday, March 5
*Penn at Dartmouth, 7 pm
*Princeton at Harvard, 7 pm [SIRIUS]
*Yale at Cornell, 7 pm
*Brown at Columbia, 7 pm

Tuesday, March 8
*Princeton at Penn, 7 pm [ESPN3] [SIRIUS]

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

There are two things that are certain in basketball...

1. You do not bring weak s|-|it into Jeff Foote's house.

2. Galal Cancer will be two-time Ivy POY. (in case you're wondering, his Fresh and Soph years, he leaves for NBA draft after that)

Anonymous said...

Dan Monckton (Penn) may have another year of eligibility left. He did not play this year due to an injury.

Anonymous said...

Looking at the seniors that are graduating, Cornell takes a better than average hit next year, again.

With the exception of Princeton, what other Ivy is losing as much?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Princeton gets his the worst followed by Penn, then Brown, then Cornell.

Cornell's its big men, but that group has been up and down all year.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Monckton is not coming back. He finished his degree. But we did hear that Zach Gordon has applied for a 5th year (along with Bernardini).

Anonymous said...

Wild finish coming up this weekend. CBB, will you be doing a championship/Harvard/Princeton/Penn overview or prediction?