Sunday, November 20, 2011

Game Recap: Cornell 71, Boston University 66

Below, recaps from Cornell's win on Sunday over Boston University...

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ITHACA, N.Y. -- Boston University jumped out to a 7-0 lead to open the game, but Cornell scored 20 unanswered points and never trailed again as the Big Red topped the defending America East champ 71-66 on Sunday afternoon at Newman Arena. Cornell improved to 2-2, while the Terriers slipped to 0-3.

Drew Ferry scored 14 points, including three straight treys during the early run, to lead four double figure scorers. Eitan Chemerinski scored 12 points for his thrid straight double figure game, while freshman Shonn Miller had 10 points and six rebounds. Senior guard Chris Wroblewski chipped in 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists and both Josh Figini and Max Groebe had nine. The Big Red outscored the Terriers 33-5 off the bench and limited BU to 39 percent shooting overall and 30 percent from the 3-point line.

Darryl Partin scored a game-high 29 points, while D.J. Irving scored 10 points and had eight assists. Patrick Hazel hit double figures with 10 points and Dom Morris notched nine points and 14 rebounds. The Terriers held a 35-32 edge on the backboards but turned it over 16 times in the loss.

The energy all lived on the side of the Terriers to open the game. Hungry for its first win, BU jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead and forced a Big Red timeout just 1:26 into the contest. A three-point play by Patrin kicked things off. Cornell immediately went to the bench for freshmen Miller and Galal Cancer and the duo helped ignite an immediate turnaround. Ferry hit three consecutive 3-pointers after threee straight Big Red steals, one each by Wroblewski, Cancer and Chemerinski. A quick post move and layup by Chemerinski and a dunk by Josh Figini after a feed from Ferry extended the run to 13-0. Figini then hit a jumper from the corner after a feed from Cancer, and Figini scored his seventh straight point on a 3-pointer. Miller ended the run with a layup after Cancer pulled down an offensive rebound that ended the spurt after 6:14 of Big Red dominance.

Cornell's defense never hit the same intensity, but still forced Boston University to work for shots most of the night. BU cut the deficit to five on a 3-pointer by Partin, his second straight bucket, with 4:44 remaining to make it 27-22, but the Big Red went on an 8-2 spurt to end the half and take a 35-24 edge into the break.

The two teams traded baskets early before an 11-0 Terrier run cut the deficit all the way to two (39-37) with 15:31 left in the half. Partin had the first six points, but the run ended when Cancer made his first collegiate 3-pointer for the Big Red to stem the tide. After Partin's two free throws cut the Big Red lead back to three (42-39), Cornell again started to pull away.

A Ferry layup on the break after a Shonn Miller block gabe the home team some breathing room and ignited a 10-0 Cornell run. Max Groebe hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions and Figini scored on an offensive putback to turn the one -possession game into a 52-39 edge for the home team.

The Terriers would not go away, again chipping the lead back to four (52-48) with nine straight points, the last coming on another 3-pointer by Partin. Miller answered with a tip-in off a Cancer miss to give Cornell the momentum back, but almost immediately BU answered back. The visitors cut the deficit to one four different times in a two-minute span, but each time the Big Red answered. Dom Morris scored for the Terriers to cut it to 62-61 with 3:43 left, but neither team would be able to score for nearly three minutes, until Cancer snaked himself free after bobbling a pass for a layup to make it 64-61. Partin missed a 3-pointer and Cornell rebounded. Ferry hit the first of two, and the second was rebounded after a friendly bounce by Chemerinski. The extra possession started a parade to the free-throw line late, as Wroblewski calmly hit all six shots in the final 30 seconds to close out the win.

ITHACA -- After Boston University jumped out to a 7-0 lead, Cornell's men's basketball team scored the next 20 points and sealed the game from the free throw line in beating the defending America East champion Terriers 71-66 Sunday afternoon at Newman Arena.

The win lifted coach Bill Courtney's Big Red to 2-2.

Drew Ferry led four players in double-figures for Cornell with 14 points, including three consecutive 3-pointers during the game-turning run. Eitan Chemerinski added 12 points for his third consecutive double-figure game, while freshman Shonn Miller had 10 points and six rebounds.

Senior point guard Chris Wroblewski chipped in 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Josh Figini and Max Groebe both scored nine. The Big Red bench outscored the Terriers', 33-5, and limited BU to 39 percent shooting.

Darryl Partin scored a game-high 29 points for BU, while D.J. Irving scored 10 points and had eight assists.

BU's early seven-point outburst forced Cornell into a timeout 86 seconds in. Freshmen Miller and Galal Cancer came off the bench at that point, and helped spark the turnaround.

Ferry hit three consecutive 3-pointers off steals by Wroblewski, Cancer and Chemerinski, igniting the 20-0 run over a 6:14 period. Also in the run were a layup by Chemerinski and seven consecutive points by Figini, on a dunk, a corner jumper and a 3-pointer.

BU cut the deficit to 27-22 on a 3-pointer by Partin with 4:44 remaining in the half, but the Red went on an 8-2 spurt to end the half and take a 35-24 edge.

The Terriers went on an 11-0 run to cut the deficit to two early in the second half, but the hosts came back with a 10-0 spurt of their own to push the lead to 13. BU was within a point with 3:43 left, but Cornell made seven of eight free throws in the final 35 seconds to seal the victory.

Cornell returns to action at 7 p.m. Tuesday when it visits Delaware.

After a disappointing effort against Buffalo on the road, the Cornell men’s basketball team had an impressive showing at home against Boston University winning a close game, 71-66.

The Red (2-2) looked nervous to start out, as the Terriers (0-3) jumped out to a quick seven-point lead less than 90 seconds into the game. Head coach Bill Court­­ney quickly called a timeout and subbed in freshman guard Galal Cancer for junior guard Johnathan Gray, completely shifting momentum in the Red’s favor, as Cornell reeled off a 20-0 run to open up a 13-point lead, 20-7.

“He came into the game and turned it around right … when he came in,” Courtney said. “Galal was making plays on the defensive end, guarding [Darryl Partin] in the first half, making the right pass, pushing the ball up the floor and a lot of things that turned the game around.”

Senior guard and co-captain Drew Ferry played a critical role in the 20-0 run, hitting three from downtown to begin the comeback.

“I just wanted to come out and be aggressive,” Ferry explained. “Coach [Courtney] always tells me if I get a little bit of room, just put it up there and I was fortunate to hit some shots at the beginning.”

The Red entered the locker room with an 11-point lead, 35-24, but the Terriers came out of the half with renewed energy, starting things off with a 13-4 run to cut the deficit to two.

Boston’s emergence in the second session was sparked by six consecutive points from Partin, the Terriers’ top offensive weapon.

The Red contained Partin in the first half, forcing the guard to commit five turnovers; however, the Terrier rebounded after the break, registering a four-point play and hitting a 3-pointer on the break in addition to the six-point stretch. Partin finished with 29 points on the afternoon.

“He’s a very talented, very aggressive player,” Ferry said of Partin. “Every time he catches the ball he’s looking to score. We were fortunate to keep him down in the first half, but in the second half, he felt like he had to take over and get his team back into the game — and he did it — so you have to give him credit.”

With 55 seconds remaining and the Red leading, 62-61, Cancer converted on an impressive post move to hit a lay-up. After that, the Red iced the game with some steady, clutch free throws from senior guard and co-captain Chris Wroblewski.

A key contributor to the Red’s success on Sunday was the team’s ability to keep up with the Terriers on the boards. In its first three games, Cornell was out-rebounded by an average of 8.3, but limited that deficit against Boston, 35-32. Wroblewski led the team with seven rebounds, but credited much of his statistics to the frontcourt’s hard work.

“Eitan [Chemerinski], Josh [Figini], and Shonn [Miller] are fighting off these big guys and I just swoop in there, so it’s really more luck than anything — [just being in the] right place at the right time,” Wroblewski explained.

“[The rebounding is a result of] both team effort and better boxing out,” Ferry added. “Chris had seven rebounds and our big guys are working tremendously hard down there getting bodies on people, even if they don’t get the rebound. I don’t think it matters who gets the rebound, as long as somebody gets the rebound.”

Courtney also credited the victory in part to the development of Chemerinski. After scoring 33 points all of last year, the 6-8 forward has already surpassed that total in just four games, chipping in with 12 against BU.

“He’s been doing it since the end of last year and in the spring,” Courtney said of Chemerinski. “He really improved and he got stronger during the summer. We try to emphasize to him to be more aggressive, especially when he catches it looking to score instead of looking to pass — he’s such an unselfish kid. He really looked to score tonight and that was part of us being successful.”

Despite the win, one area of concern was the shooting of Wroblewski — the lone starter remaining from the Red’s 2009-10 Sweet 16 squad. The co-captain filled the box score with 10 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and no turnovers, but again struggled with his shot, converting just one layup from the field all game. Despite Wroblewski’s struggles, the team knows that he will eventually start hitting his shots, according to Ferry.

“I’m not worried about Chris at all,” he said. “He’s a great player and is getting six to seven rebounds, six to seven assists a game and moving the ball around. Once he finds his groove, he’s going to be even more dangerous. He’s going to stay at it and we’re not worried about him at all.”

Looking ahead to Tuesday night, the Red again hits the road for a bout with a tough Delaware team, with tip-off slated for 7 p.m. in Newark, Del. Despite a winless record, the Blue Hens (0-2) have played two close games, including a tough 10-point loss against perennial Big East contender Villanova.

“[Against Delaware], we must stop Devon Saddler — he’s their best player and had 28 the other night against Villanova,” Courtney said. “He’s so hard to keep from going to the basket, so we’re really going to have to build a wall in the paint and keep him out of the lane. They have a great athlete, Jamelle Hagins, and some freshmen who can shoot the ball. They’ve got an all-around good group … so we have our hands full Tuesday night.”

In many respects, the Boston University men’s basketball team took a step forward in its third game under new head coach Joe Jones.

For the second consecutive game, the Terriers out-rebounded their opponent, shot well from the free throw line and saw nearly four of their players score in double figures.

Yet, at the end, BU fell short of its first win of the season as Cornell University withstood a second half rally to hold on for a 71-66 win Sunday in Ithaca, N.Y.

The loss to the Big Red (2-2) drops the Terriers to 0-3 on the season.

After opening the game on a 7-0 run in the first minute and a half of play, BU quickly fell victim to a scoring barrage from Cornell over the next seven minutes as the Big Red put up 20 unanswered points, including three consecutive 3-pointers from guard Drew Ferry.

The streak was also aided largely by the Terriers’ own mistakes, as they turned the ball over on four straight possessions which, in turn, resulted in nine points from Cornell.

“We turned the ball over and then that got them in transition and made some transition plays and that’s what they’re really good at,” Jones said in a phone interview.

Behind that run, Cornell was able to go into halftime with a 35-24 lead, aided largely by 12 BU turnovers, something that Jones said “really hurt us.”

In the second half, despite closing the deficit to as few as three points at 42-39 with 14 minutes remaining, BU saw Cornell extend the lead back to 13 behind a 10-0 run.

Over the next five minutes, though, the Terriers stormed back to get within a single point at 56-55 with just less than six minutes remaining after a free throw from senior guard Darryl Partin.

To get back into the game, according to Jones, it really came down to the team not making the same mistakes that burdened it so much in the first half.

“We had more good possessions,” Jones said. “We played our best ball in the second half – we got good shots, we played inside-out, we were getting the ball at the rim and [playing] inside more.”

Down 62-61with 3:17 remaining in regulation, sophomore forward Dom Morris stole the ball from Cornell forward Eitan Chemerinski, but on the next two possessions, the Terriers failed to capitalize and take the lead as Partin missed a jumper and sophomore point guard D.J. Irving turned the ball over on consecutive trips down the court.

With another chance to capture the lead, this time with less than a minute and a half remaining in the game, Irving missed an open 3-point attempt.

On Cornell’s following possession with 54 seconds left, guard Galal Cancer made a layup that gave the Big Red a lead they would hold for the remainder of the game. Partin missed a 3-pointer on the Terriers’ next possession in an attempt to even the game and Cornell responded by going on a 7-5 run to end the game, a run in which BU never got closer than four points.

“We just couldn’t get over the hump,” Jones said of his team’s multiple second-half comebacks.

Partin led all scorers with 29 points and two other Terriers scored in double figures as Irving and senior forward/center Patrick Hazel got 10 points apiece. Irving put up a game-high eight assists, a mark that fell just short of his career-high of 10.

Even in a losing effort, BU managed to out-rebound its opponent for the second time this season as it beat the Big Red on the glass 32-29, including 14 alone from Morris, a career-high.

Though four of the Terriers’ five starters scored at least nine points in the loss, their bench was out-scored by a resounding 35-5 margin.

“We’ve really got to focus in on that because it’s a good group there and we’ve just got to do a better job of getting more out of them,” Jones said.

Still in search of their first win of the season, the Terriers will get five days off before they continue play in the Ticket City Legends Classic against Cleveland State University Friday in Kingston, R.I.

The Vikings entered the season as one of the prohibitive favorites in the Horizon League and have already showcased themselves to the nation as they upset then-No. 7 Vanderbilt University on the road 71-58.

Jones noted that he hasn’t viewed any film yet on his team’s next opponent, but for now, he is just focused on getting his team better and more adjusted to a new style of play.

“We’ve got a lot of young guys and a lot of guys that are playing for their second or third coach,” he said. “It’s going to take some time for it to all fall together and we’re trying to speed the process up and figure out what we have to do with this team in order to be successful.”

Boston University had three chances to take the lead with less than four minutes to play, but came up just short. D.J. Irving and Darryl Partin both missed 3-pointers and Irving was called for an offensive foul on consecutive possessions as the Terriers fell to 0-3 on the season.

After trailing by as many as 13, Boston University couldn’t come all the way back despite playing some of their best basketball of the season during a nine-minute stretch in the second half.

Partin had a huge game for the second season in a row against Cornell with 29 points, including 17 in the second half. The senior guard hit all 10 of his free throws and hit 8-17 of his attempts from the field, including three of the Terriers’ season-high seven 3-pointers. Partin’s 29 points were three points shy of his career-high which he set last season against Cornell.

Irving and Patrick Hazel joined Partin in double figures with 10 points apiece and Dom Morris added nine points and a career-high 14 rebounds. After looking to score early and often this season, Irving finished with a season-high eight assists and just two turnovers.

The Big Red were led by Drew Ferry who finished with 14 points including nine points in the middle of a 20-0 Cornell run. Shonn Miller added 10 points and Chris Wroblewski reached double-figures by hitting six straight free throws to ice the game for Cornell.

Despite being outrebounded and being unable to slow down the Terriers’ parade to the free throw line, the Big Red came away with the victory by forcing 16 Terrier turnovers. Cornell used a slew of Terriers turnovers over the first ten minutes of the game to go on a 20-0 run and take the lead for good.

Boston University scored seven points in the opening 86 seconds of the game to grab a 7-0 lead but failed to score another point for the next seven minutes. The Terriers turned the ball over seven times and missed four shots, as the Big Red went on their first of two runs of 10 points or more.

Partin and the Terriers cut the lead to five, but found themselves down 35-24 at the break after an 8-2 Big Red run to end the half. Things would only get worse for the Terriers in the second half, as they cut the deficit to two with 15:31 remaining, only to have Cornell answer with a 10-0 run and take a commanding 13-point lead with 10:35 to go.

That’s when Partin and Boston University started heating up. Partin scored seven points on back-to-back possessions with two 3-pointers and a free throw to finish a four-point play in cutting the deficit to four. Three minutes later the Terriers would cut the deficit to one for the first time but failed to complete the comeback because of Cornell’s strong defense and clutch shooting.

After Morris hit a layup with 3:43 to bring Boston University within one, the Terriers failed to score for the next 3:19 in helping Cornell move to 2-2. During the final stretch, Partin and Irving both missed two 3-pointers and Irving was called for a charge, as the Terriers still look for a go-to scorer in crunch time.

Boston University hit 17 of 18 free throws (94 percent) and hit 30 percent of their 3-point attempts which were both season highs.

Cornell and Boston University's hockey teams will try to earn bragging rights Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in the third edition of Red Hot Hockey. The Terriers basketball team will be back in action Friday when they take on Cleveland State at 2:30 p.m. as part of the TicketCity Legends Classic.

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ITHACA, N.Y. (AP)—Chris Wroblewski made all six of his free throw attempts in the final 30 seconds to help Cornell hold off Boston University 71-66 on Sunday.

Wroblewski, who was just 1 of 7 from the field, also grabbed seven rebounds and handed out six assists for the Big Red (2-2). Drew Ferry added 14 points and Eitan Chmerinski 12.

Cornell overcame a 29-point performance by Darryl Partin for the Terriers (0-3). Partin scored 30 in the second half last season when Boston University beat Cornell 66-61.

The Big Red led 52-39 before a layup by Patrick Hazel with 10:01 started a 16-4 run by the Terriers that included a pair of 3-pointers and three free throws by Partin to make it 56-55 with 5:53 left.

Cornell led by one, 62-61, before Galal Cancer’s layup with 55 seconds left gave the Big Red a three-point edge.

Box Score

ITHACA, N.Y. - Despite senior Darryl Partin recording a game-high 29 points and sophomore Dom Morris hauling in a career-high 14 rebounds, the Boston University men's basketball team dropped a 71-66 decision at Cornell Sunday afternoon.

For the third straight game, Partin led the Terriers (0-3) in scoring, shooting 8-of-17 from the field and a perfect 10-of-10 at the charity stripe. Morris was a point shy of his first career double-double, ending the game with nine points while also topping his previous high in rebounds by three. Sophomore D.J. Irving contributed 10 points and eight assists, and senior Patrick Hazel added 10 points as the third Terrier in double figures.

Earning its second win of the season against the America East after an earlier 15-point victory over Binghamton, Cornell improved to 2-2 and finished with four men scoring in double digits. Drew Ferry posted a team-high 14 points, and Chris Wroblewski recorded 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Cornell led 52-39 with 10:35 remaining, but BU rallied to pull within one (62-61) following a Morris bucket at 3:43. The Terriers though would not score again until Irving's layup cut a six-point deficit to four (67-63) with 24 seconds left in regulation. Cornell hit seven of its eight free throw attempts in the final minute, including four after Irving's basket, to seal the victory.

The Terriers held a 35-32 edge in rebounds and shot a stifling 17-of-18 from the free throw line, but they were never able to overcome the 12 first-half turnovers, as Cornell responded to BU's 7-0 game-opening offensive spurt with a 20-0 run ignited by three straight Ferry 3-pointers to take the lead for good.

Sunday's game featured multiple scoring droughts for both squads. Trailing 25-13 with 7:10 left in the half, BU went on a 9-2 run capped by one of Partin's three treys to pull within five. The Big Red though entered the locker room with an 11-point advantage at 35-24 with Wroblewski contributing four points.

Early in the second stanza, BU faced a 13-point deficit (39-26) and reeled off 11 consecutive points with Partin scoring the first six. Hazel put in his own missed attempt and then Morris drained a 3-pointer from the corner. Galal Cancer immediately responded with a trey of his own, and the Big Red went on a 13-2 run to push the lead back to 13.

Trailing 52-39, the Terriers never gave in through and clawed back with Hazel again scoring under the basket and Partin draining back-to-back 3-pointers. On the first trey, he also drew a foul and completed the four-point play with a made free throw.

The Big Red's Shonn Miller tipped in his own shot at 7:53 and slammed down another basket 40 seconds later to keep Cornell ahead by six. Sophomore Travis Robinson hit a 3-pointer, and Partin nailed both of his free throw attempts to cut the deficit to one (56-55) for the first time since Cornell took a 9-7 lead early in the game.

The teams traded baskets with Morris putting BU within one, 62-61, at 3:43 off a quick pass from Irving. Neither team would score until Cancer managed to get the ball past a defender for the layup with 55 seconds left. Following Partin's missed 3-pointer, Cornell hit the first of two free throws and then grabbed the rebound off the missed attempt to finish the game.

BU will remain on the road with a three-game stint at the University of Rhode Island as part of the TicketCity Legends Classic over Thanksgiving weekend. The Terriers will first face Cleveland State at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

BU has almost the exact same uniform as us.