Monday, November 14, 2011

Ithaca Journal Previews Binghamton at Cornell

At a glance

Tonight's game: Binghamton (0-1) at Cornell (0-1)

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Newman Arena (4,473)

Radio: WYXL-HD2 (103.3)

ITHACA -- The Cornell men's basketball team open its home schedule tonight when it plays host to Binghamton at 7 p.m. at Newman Arena.

The Big Red (0-1) opened its season at St. Bonaventure Friday night, falling to All-America candidate Andrew Nicholson and the Bonnies, 79-58. The Bearcats are 0-1 after a 78-74 loss at Patriot League foe Colgate.

Cornell junior Josh Figini had a career-high 10 points Friday against the Bonnies, while senior Drew Ferry pumped in eight. Senior Chris Wroblewski had eight assists to move into fourth place on the school's career list (343).

Cornell has ranked among the top shooting squads in the country for most of the past six seasons and showed it likely will make it seven. The Big Red made eight first-half 3-pointers against the Bonnies and finished the game at 40 percent from beyond the arc.

Cornell has won six of its past seven home openers and is 47-9 in its last 56 home contests (.839).

The Big Red will also be attempting to avenge last year's 59-58 road defeat to the Bearcats. Cornell led by 13 points at the half but went cold after the break, connecting on 29 percent from the floor in the second half. Mahamoud Jabbi hit the game-winning 15-footer with less than 15 seconds remaining.

After tonight's game, the Red travels to Buffalo on Thursday for a 7 p.m. game, then returns to Newman Arena on Sunday for a 2 p.m. matinee against Boston University.

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