Monday, July 11, 2011

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Monday...
  • What is your most memorable Cornell game in the last five years? Here are some of our favorites:
-11/10/06 Cornell at Northwestern 64-61 (Big Red beat Northwestern in Ryan Wittman's and Louis Dale's freshmen year debut)
-11/25/07 Siena at Cornell 83-77 (In Newman Arena, Cornell beats a Saints team which eventually advances to second round of NCAAs)
-1/6/08 Cornell at Duke 67-81 (Big Red make trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium)
-2/15/08 Cornell at Harvard 72-71 (The "Alex Tyler Miracle" game)
-3/1/08 Harvard at Cornell 86-53 (Cornell captures outright '08 Ivy League title)
-3/8/08 Cornell at Princeton 71-64 (Cornell records perfect 14-0 Ivy season)
-11/14/09 Cornell at Alabama 71-67 (Cornell wins first of several big games against BCS opponents during '09-'10 season. Other notable wins over Wisconsin, St. John's, Temple, La Salle, St. Joseph's, Davidson, Drexel, and Vermont)
-12/2/09 Cornell at Bucknell 104-98 (Cornell comes from behind in overtime thriller)
-12/20/09 Cornell vs. Davidson 91-88 (Big Red win overtime thriller at Madison Square Garden)
-3/5/10 Cornell at Brown 95-76 (In Providence, Cornell hoists its third consecutive Ivy League title trophy)
-1/6/10 Cornell at Kansas 66-71 (Cornell falls in final moments to No. 1 nationally ranked team)
-3/21/10 Cornell vs. Wisconsin 87-69 (Cornell knocks off Badgers and advances to Sweet 16 to face Kentucky)
-2/26/11 Cornell at Penn 74-72 (Cornell sweeps season series against Penn and wins 7th of last 8 games vs Quakers)
  • Throughout the year we provide periodic updates on Cornell's eight (8) overseas alumni playing professionally. Below, some updates:
-John McCord ('97) (SIG Strasbourg, Pro A France)-2010-2011 season concluded. The 6'6" forward and long time veteran of the European leagues averaged 11.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Strasbourg finished 12-18 and in 12th 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, Venezuela and in the United Kingdom.

-Jeff Aubry ('99) (Halcones Rojos, LNBP Mexico/Arecibo Capitanes, Puerto Rico Basketball League)-Aubry and his Arecibo club in the Puero Rican league swept Coamo, 4-0 in the first round of the PBN playoffs. Arecibo will face Guaynabo in the semifinals. Through July 11, the 6'11" Aubry is averaging 4.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game for Arecibo (19-11, 2nd place out of 10 teams). Aubry splits his time in both the Mexican and Puerto Rican professional leagues. He played several seasons in the NBA D League in the early part of his career with the Fayetteville Patriots and Florida Flame and earned honorable mention all D-League in 2002. During his more than a decade of pro experience, Aubry has also played professionally in the ABA and abroad in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Poland, Argentina, Uruguay and Peru.

-Cody Toppert ('05) (Forli, LegaDue Italy)-2010-2011 season concluded. Toppert, a 6'4" shooting guard was averaging 9.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game for Forli before the franchise terminated his contract during March. Toppert previously also played this season with the Plymouth Raiders of the British Basketball League where he was averaging 14.2 points per game 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)-2010-2011 season concluded. The 6'9" Hartford concluded his season averaging 14.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Ginasio finished the year 10-12 and in 6th place in the 12 team league and was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. During his career, Hartford has played professionally in Finland and Africa (Mozambique).

-Louis Dale ('10) (Gottingen, Bundesliga Germany)-2010-2011 season concluded. Dale completed the regular season averaging 8.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Goettingen ended up 17-15 on the season and in 7th place out of 18 teams in the Bundesliga.

-Ryan Wittman ('10) (Ft. Wayne Mad Ants, NBA D-League)-2010-2011 season concluded. With the season finished, Wittman averaged 7.1 points and 2.3 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game for the Mad Ants of the NBA D-League. Ft. Wayne finished 24-26 on the season and in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference. Before moving to the D-League during January, Wittman averaged 14.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game for Forli in Italy's LegaDue this season.

-Jeff Foote ('10) (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel Winner's League/Melilla, Spanish 2nd Division)- 2010-2011 season concluded. Foote averaged 7.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game while shooting 52.7 percent from the floor. Melilla did not qualify for the playoffs finishing with a 14-20 record and 11th place finish in the 18 team league. Foote is on loan to Melilla from Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv.

-Jon Jaques ('10) (Ashkelon, Israel Winner's League)-2010-2011 season concluded. Jaques finished his season averaging 3.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. Ashkelon was 6-21 and ended in 10th place in the 10 team Israeli league.

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Anonymous said...

My Favorite: February 15, 2008 victory over Harvard keeping undeated Ivy record intact. It was unbeleivable!
Sophomore Alex Tyler scored six points in the final 25 seconds, including the game-winning basket with 6.8 seconds remaining, to help Cornell remain unbeaten with a 72-71 comeback victory over Harvard on Friday evening at Lavietes Pavilion. Tyler ended the game with career highs of 19 points and 10 rebounds to help the Big Red improve to 15-5 overall (7-0 Ivy League), Tyler hit 9-of-11 field goals and added two assists and a blocked shot in the winning effort, while classmate Ryan Wittman scored a game-high 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting to lead the winners.

Anonymous said...

One of the games that has stuck with me the longest is the 2OT win over Dartmouth at Newman when Alex Barnett just went off late in the 2nd half and OT. In a season where most thought we maybe didn't play to our potential in Ivy Legaue play, it had all the makings of a game we could have lost our focus and let slip away, coming off a throttling of Harvard the night before and blowing a huge 2nd half lead before emerging with the win in double overtime. Great memories from this one.

Anonymous said...

Feb 10, 2007 60-59 win over Yale at Newman. We were there as part of employee celebration, big crowd, exciting game, kept Cornell in the hunt for Ivy. Biggest memory was Adam Gore after the game pointing into the student section, thanking the fans, as team left the court. It was important to us because it opened us up to Cornell basketball, which became a big part of our lives after that point. Thanks Big Red.

Anonymous said...

I'll also nominate the win over St. John's to win the holiday tournament in December 2009. The end was not as thrilling as the win over Davidson in the previous game but it was a game when they took on an opponent from a major conference and just showed them that Cornell was better. It wasn't a fluke and it wasn't a moral victory - it was a solid win. They showed great mental toughness at the end as Jon Jacques was the hero hittng a big three to essentially ice the game and win the tournament. It showed they belonged with the big boys.

Anonymous said...

Hard to pick a favorite...

7-Mar-2008: Cornell at 12-0 and the Ivy crown clinched, goes into the Palestra looking to run the league with a P/P road sweep, and get their first win on Penn's home floor in nineteen years.

They outplay the feisty Quakers and hold a ten-point lead with 30-some seconds left. A couple Penn threes, a couple Cornell 1-2's on one-and-one FT's later, it's 94-92 with four seconds left and Tyler Bernardini racing downcourt with Adam Gore at his side.

Bernardini's 40-foot heave was an airball and the dream of the perfect league season remained alive. Gore never touched him.

The Red is now on a 7-1 run over the Quakers.

Anonymous said...

The "Alex Tyler Miracle" game on 2/15/08 is evidence to me that, when the heat is on with time winding down, Tommy Amaker does not keep his composure drawing up plays during time-outs.

With Harvard's talent advantage this year, that might not be relevant but it will be interesting to see whether the Crimson drop a game or two because of suboptimal coaching decisions as the clock ticks down to zero.