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Game #3: Cornell at Buffalo
Tip off: Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7:00 p.m.
Site: Alumni Arena (6,100), Buffalo, N.Y.
2011-12 Records: Cornell (1-1, 0-0 Ivy League); Buffalo (1-0, 0-0 Mid-American)
Series Record: Cornell leads 27-14
Last Meeting: Buffalo won 78-66, January 3, 2011 in Ithaca, N.Y.
Radio: HITS 103.3 FM (Barry Leonard)
Live Stats: available at www.BuffaloBulls.com
Live Video: available at www.BuffaloBulls.com
Tickets: available by calling (607) 254-BEAR
HEAD COACH BILL COURTNEY
Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his second season at Cornell (11-19, .367) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher '44 Coach of Men's Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.
ITHACA, N.Y. — The Cornell men's basketball team will attempt to keep the momentum going against a talented Buffalo team on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at Alumni Arena in Buffalo, N.Y. You can listen to Barry Leonard and Eric Taylor '05 on the radio call on HITS 103.3 FM or through the RedCast subscription service.
Cornell evened its 2011-12 record on Monday evening by exploding for 48 second half points to knock off Binghamton, 76-61. Freshman Shonn Miller led four double figure scorers with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Drew Ferry scored 16 with five 3-point field goals. Eitan Chemerinski notched a career-best 13 points and Chris Wroblewski was credited with 12 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Cornell's defense limited the Bearcats to 37 percent shooting overall and 24 percent from 3-point range, while forcing 19 turnovers.
Wroblewski, a second-team All-Ivy and third-team Capital One Academic All-American a season ago, is one of the nation's top point guards. He is averaging 8.0 points, 8.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game in two contests. Miller, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week, paces the team in scoring (13.0 ppg.) and rebounds (6.0 rpg.), while senior Drew Ferry sits second on the squad in scoring (12.0 ppg.).
The Bulls are off to a 1-0 start with a 72-65 victory over Saint Peter's on Nov. 11, but have been off since the opener, giving head coach Reggie Witherspoon extra time to figure out how to defend Cornell's 3-point shooting, again a strength. The team has ranked among the national leaders in 3-pointers for the last six seasons and are hitting 9.0 per game at a .429 clip. through two games
• 2011-12 Record: 1-0 (0-0 Mid-American).
• Conference: Mid-American Conference.
• Head Coach: Reggie Witherspoon (Empire State '95), 165-197, 13th season at Buffalo; 206-210; 15th season overall.
• The Bulls are 1-0 on the season after opening the year with a 72-65 victory over Saint Peter's behind 18 points and six rebounds from Javon McCrea, the 2011 MAC Freshman of the Year.
• McCrea was invited to try out for the U.S.A. Basketball Under-19 World Championship Team.
• In all, four different players reached double figures in scoring in the opener.
• Since the 2004-05 season, Buffalo is 31-8 at home against non-conference opponents.
• Senior Zach FIlzen, who hit 110 3-pointers a season ago, scored a game-high 17 points last season against the Big Red.
• Head coach Reggie Witherspoon is 2-1 all-time against the Big Red and sits third all-time at UB in coaching wins with 165 victories.
THE SERIES: Cornell leads 27-14 in a series that dates back to the 1918-19 season. Buffalo has gone 3-2 in the last five meetings after Buffalo left Ithaca with a 78-66 victory a season ago.
CORNELL VS. THE MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE: Cornell is 31-31 all-time against current members of the Mid-American Conference. Cornell holds a 27-14 edge all-time against Buffalo and has also played Ball State (0-1), Bowling Green (0-3), Eastern Michigan (1-2), Kent State (0-1), Miami (OH) (1-0), Northern Illinois (0-2), Ohio (1-3) and Toledo (1-5). Cornell has never played Akron, Central Michigan and Western Michigan. This is the only scheduled meeting between the Big Red and a member of the MAC in 2011-12. Cornell's last win over a MAC team in 2009-10, a 78-60 win over Toledo in the consolation rounds of the Legends Classic at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET: Buffalo's bench outscored Cornell's 32-10 and provided it the lift needed to knock off the Big Red 78-66 at Newman Arena. Cornell's trio of Drew Ferry (18 points), Chris Wroblewski (16 points) and Errick Peck (16 points) combined for 50 points for the Big Red, playing their second straight strong game together. Ferry and Wroblewski each hit four 3-pointers, with Ferry adding four rebounds and Wroblewski being credited with six assists. Peck notched six rebounds and three assists in the loss. Adam Wire added six points and nine rebounds, while Mark Coury had seven points, six rebounds and two steals. The Big Red shot just 33 percent from the floor as a team, but stayed in the game throughout by hitting 10 3-pointers, committing just 10 turnovers and holding its own on the backboards against a bigger Bulls squad (39-38). The Bulls used balanced scoring to earn its eighth win of the year, as Zach Filzen posted 17 points and Byron Mulkey had a productive 16-point, eight-rebound, six-assist night. Tony Watson came off the bench for a career-high 11 points and Jawaan Alston notched 10 points, four assists and three rebounds as a reserve. Rochester, N.Y.-native Javon Mccrea had seven points, five rebounds, two blocks and two steals in just 14 minutes.
LOOKING BACK AT THE BINGHAMTON GAME: After a slow start, the Cornell men's basketball team finished strong. A 22-2 run midway through the second half turned around the game and led the Big Red to a 76-61 victory on Monday evening at Newman Arena. Freshman Shonn Miller, who was named Ivy League co-Rookie of the Week earlier in the day, exploded for 19 points, eight rebounds, a steal and a block in 22 minutes off the bench to lead Cornell. Drew Ferry added 16 points, including five 3-pointers, while Eitan Chemerinski notched 13 points to set a new career high. Senior Chris Wroblewski had 12 points, eight assists and six rebounds. After shooting just 28 percent in the first half, Cornell shot a blistering 64 percent after the break. The Big Red forced 19 turnovers and made 10-of-22 shots from beyond the arc..
MILLER NAMED IVY LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK (NOV. 14): Cornell freshman forward Shonn Miller has been named the Ivy League co-Rookie of the Week award. His first varsity appearance was enough to catch the eye of the league after a solid opening effort at St. Bonaventure. Miller connected on all three of his field goals, including a 3-pointer, and added a team-high four rebounds in Cornell's 79-58 loss to the Bonnies. He added a blocked shot and a steal. The 6-7 forward shared the award with Dartmouth's Jvonte Brooks.
WROBLEWSKI NAMED TO CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM: Chris Wroblewski was named to the Capital One Academic All-America third-team for his performance on the court and in the classroom during the 2010-11 season. He was one of two Ivy League players to earn the honor, joining Brown's Garrett Leffelman, a second-team member. Wroblewski was the fourth Cornellian to earn a spot on the Academic All-America team and the first non-senior. Jeff Gaca was a third-team pick in 1993, Lenny Collins was a third-team member in 2006 and Graham Dow earned first-team accolades in 2007.
WROBLEWSKI NAMED FINALIST FOR LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD: Senior guard Chris Wroblewski has been named one of 30 finalists for the Lowe's Senior Class Award it was announced today by the committee. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. He joins Penn's senior guard Zack Rosen as the only Ivy League players on the list. Wroblewski was a third-team Capital One Academic All-American as a junior and has twice been named to the academic all-district team. The two-year team captain has been involved in numerous charitable endeavors and has been a four-year starter on the court. His teams have won two Ivy titles and is a two-year member of the Bob Cousy Award Watch List as the nation's top point guard. A second-team All-Ivy pick as a junior, he was the conference's leader in steals and was second in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio and sixth in scoring. He has twice led the conference in 3-point field-goal percentage.
• Cornell is 83-40 in the last five seasons.
• The Big Red is 44-12 in its last 56 Ivy League contests over the last four years.
• The team is 24-18 in its last 42 games away from Newman Arena and 18-16 in its last 34 true road games.
• Cornell is 48-9 over its last 57 home games, including 31-7 in the last four seasons and 43-8 in the last five years.
• In non-conference games, the Big Red is 39-28 over the last five seasons.
TALL IVY: Over the last five seasons, Cornell's 53-17 record is the best among Ivy League teams in conference action. Penn, who claimed the 2006-07 title, is second at 40-30, followed by Yale (39-31), and 2010-11 Ivy champions Harvard (36-34) and Princeton (36-34). Rounding out the field is Columbia (32-38), Brown (29-41) and Dartmouth (16-54).
STATING THE STATES: Members of the Cornell basketball team represent 16 states and one Canadian province.
CORNELL BEYOND THE ARC — 600 AND COUNTING: The Big Red hit 10 3-pointers against Binghamton on Nov. 14, its 629th consecutive game with a made trey. With five 3-pointers at Seton Hall on Nov. 14, 2010, Cornell extended its streak of games with at least one 3-pointer to 600. The last time Cornell did not hit a 3-pointer was against Denison in the 1988-89 season opener (0-for-2). Since the 3-point shot came into effect in NCAA play during the 1986-87 season, Cornell has hit at least one shot behind the arc in 678 of 682 games, connecting on 4,220 treys, an average of 6.2 per game. Cornell has set records for treys in a season in each of the previous three years, going from 228 in 2007-08 to 241 in 2008-09 and to 326 a year ago. Cornell hit at least 10 3-pointers in a game 29 times in 64 games over the last three years, including an Ivy League single-game record 20 at Brown in 2009-10.
BOMBS AWAY: Cornell made 251 3-pointers in 28 contests during the 2010-11 campaign. The 9.0 3-pointers per game ranked second all-time in a season for the Big Red (behind only the 9.6 per game in 2009-10) and ranked sixth among all Division I teams a season ago. Last season, Cornell ranked first nationally in 3-point percentage (.430) and third in 3-pointers made per game in 2009-10, and ranked in the top 20 nationally in 3-point percentage in 2008-09 (fourth, .411), 2007-08 (fourth, .409) and 2006-07 (18th, .396).
RED-WHITE SCRIMMAGE: Senior Drew Ferry scored 19 points and Chris Wroblewski finished just two rebounds shy of a triple-double to help White top Red 76-41 on Oct. 22 at Newman Arena in Bartels Hall in the annual Red-White Scrimmage. Ferry connected on five 3-pointers and had three assists and two steals without a turnover, while backcourt mate Wroblewski controlled the game with 17 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. The duo led four double figure scorers, as Dwight Tarwater chipped in with 17 points and Josh Figini notched 10. Both players also recorded five rebounds. Freshman Galal Cancer also had a strong debut with seven rebounds and five assists. The White team posted 21 assists and just six turnovers in picking up the win for assistant coach Marlon Sears. The Red team's lone double figure scorer was Johnathan Gray with 10 points. Miles Asafo-Adjei scored nine points and had five assists and four rebounds. Jake Matthews scored eight points for assistant coach Mike Blaine's squad.
WHAT WAS LOST: Cornell said goodbye to three seniors last spring, as Mark Coury, Aaron Osgood and Adam Wire closed out their Big Red careers.
• Coury was one of the team's top post players in his two seasons on the court at Cornell, first as a reserve on last year's Sweet 16 squad in 2009-10, and last year as a regular in the rotation. A transfer from the University of Kentucky, Coury's biggest highlight came when he beat the shot clock to hit the game-winning basket with 35 seconds left at the Palestra to help Cornell sweep Penn a year ago.
• A team captain in 2010-11, Osgood was expected to be a major factor in the post, and was when healthy. One of the team's top scorers (7.3 ppg.) and rebounders (4.5 rpg.), Osgood played in 43 career games with eight starts, shooting 52 percent from the floor and averaging 3.0 points and 2.0 rebounds.
• Another team captain, Wire was a four-year letter winner who ranked among the top 20 all-time in steals and field goal percentage in school history. He totaled more that 100 steals and 100 assists and set career highs in scoring, rebounding and assists in his final season.
HOW TO FOLLOW CORNELL
• Men's basketball games will be broadcast on HITS 103.3 FM for the 2011-12 season. Longtime voice of the Big Red Barry Leonard returns on the call with the play-by-play, while former All-Ivy center Eric Taylor'05 is on board to do color analysis. A half-hour pregame show and postgame analysis will enable Big Red fans to follow Coach Bill Courtney's team throughout the season. The audio of all games will also be available as part of the RedCast subscription service.
• The Big Red's home contests will all be broadcast live with streaming video as part of the RedCast subscription service. Visit www.CornellBigRed.com/showcase for all the latest information on Cornell broadcasts.
• Cornell will use SIDEARM Live Stats for each of the Big Red's home games in 2010-11. Visit www.CornellBigRed.com for all of the official statistics.
• You can follow the team on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Highlights, interviews and features on all 36 of Cornell's varsity sports can be found at www.youtube.com/cornellathletics, www.facebook.com/cornellathletics or www.twitter.com/cornellsports.
NEXT UP: The Big Red returns home to face defending America East champion Boston University on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. at Newman Arena in Bartels Hall.