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GAME #11: Cornell at Stony Brook
TIP OFF: Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 7:00 p.m.
SITE: Pritchard Gymnasium (1,680), Stony Brook, N.Y.
2011-12 RECORDS: Cornell (4-6, 0-0 Ivy); Stony Brook (3-6, 0-0 America East)
SERIES RECORD: Cornell leads 4-1
LAST MEETING: Cornell won 60-52, Jan. 8, 2011 in Ithaca, N.Y.
RADIO: HITS 103.3 FM (Barry Leonard)
TV: Optimum Local Channel 118 (local broadcast)
LIVE VIDEO: available at www.GoSeawolves.org
LIVE STATS: available at www.GoSeawolves.org
TICKETS: available by calling (607) 254-BEAR
HEAD COACH BILL COURTNEY
Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his second season at Cornell (14-24, .368) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher '44 Coach of Men's Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.
ITHACA, N.Y. — After giving a pair of Big Ten teams all they could handle on the road and taking a week break for the holidays, the Cornell men's basketball team gets back to business when it visits Stony Brook on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. at Pritchard Gymnasium. Barry Leonard will provide the call on HITS 103.3 FM and on RedCast, or you can watch the game live on Stony Brook's web site for a fee (www.GoSeaWolves.org).
Cornell led by as many as 10 points in the first half and until a pair of late shots in the final two minutes lifted No. 25/24 Illinois past the Big Red, 64-60. Two days later, the Big Red had Penn State on the ropes before the Nittany Lions rebounded in the second half for a seven-point lead. Now, Cornell will attempt to snap a five-game road losing streak to start the year. They will face a Stony Brook squad off to a 3-0 start in its own home gym and looking to snap its own two-game skid.
Wroblewski, a captain and candidate for the Bob Cousy Award, is averaging 9.0 points, 5.5 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game and runs an offense that has seven players averaging five points per game or better. Fellow senior captain Drew Ferry is posting a team-high 14.6 points, while three-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week Shonn Miller is scoring 9.0 ppg. and leads the team in rebounding (6.2 rpg.). Juniors Josh Figini (9.0 ppg.) and Eitan Chemerinski (7.5 ppg.) aren't far from double figures in the post.
Cornell's defense has been solid, allowing opponents to hit just 42 percent from the floor overall and 29 percent from beyond the 3-point arc (making just 5.7 per game). The Big Red paces the Ancient Eight in steals per game (8.4 per game).
ABOUT STONY BROOK
• 2011-12 Record: 3-6 (0-0 America East).
• Conference: America East.
• Head Coach: Steve Pikiell (Connecticut '90), 76-114, seventh season at Stony Brook.
• Like Cornell, Stony Brook enters the post-Christmas schedule looking to break a two-game losing skid after defeats at Boston College and Rutgers. The Sea Wolves have lost four of their last five overall.
• Bryan Dougher is again the team's leading scorer, averaging 12.9 points per game. All five starters are averaging 6.9 points per game or better. He is the school's all-time leader in 3-point field goals made (273).
• Stony Brook was picked to finish second in the America East preseason poll for the second consecutive season.
• Since the start of the 2008-09 season, Stony Brook ranks third in the conference in victories, behind only Vermont and Boston University.
• Stony Brook is averaging an astounding 16.7 offensive rebounds per game.
• Seventh year head coach Steve Pikiell sports a 76-114 overall record while building the Sea Wolves program. The led the 2010 team to a berth in the NIT, the first postseason appearance for Stony Brook at the Division I level. He guided last season's injury-riddled team to the conference tournament final.
THE SERIES: Cornell leads 4-1 in a series that began during the 1999-2000 season. The Big Red is 3-0 all-time in Ithaca and has won three straight overall. Cornell earned a 60-52 win over the Sea Wolves a year ago behind a career-high 29 points from Chris Wroblewski.
LAST TIME VS. STONY BROOK: Chris Wroblewski posted a career-high 29 points to lead the Big Red to a 60-52 victory over visiting Stony Brook at Newman Arena in Bartels Hall. Wroblewski hit 8-of-13 shots from the floor, including four 3-pointers, and connected on 9-of-10 free throws to go along with four assists and two rebounds. Drew Ferry was the only other double figure scorer for Cornell, notching 11 points. Aaron Osgood notched nine points and eight rebounds off the bench for Cornell, which limited Stony Brook to 35 percent shooting in its best defensive effort in weeks. Stony Brook's leading scorer, Bryan Dougher, was limited to 12 points, including seven in the final 1:39 with the game mostly in check for Cornell. Dave Coley had nine points and Danny Carter added seven. SBU made just 2-of-13 shots from beyond the arc and turned the ball over 13 times.
CORNELL VS. THE AMERICA EAST: Cornell is 19-20 all-time against current members of the America East. The Big Red is 4-1 against Stony Brook and has also faced Albany (2-3), Binghamton (5-2), Boston University (2-1), Hartford (0-3), Maine (0-1), New Hampshire (1-3) and Vermont (5-6). Cornell has never played UMBC.
LOOKING BACK AT THE PENN STATE GAME: Despite not playing its best basketball, the Cornell men's basketball team hung around all night but couldn't get over the hump in dropping a 74-67 decision at Penn State at the Bryce Jordan Center. Cornell freshman Shonn Miller had 15 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals to pace the Big Red, while Drew Ferry notched a game-high 20 points and chipped in six rebounds. Ferry nailed six 3-pointers. Galal Cancer was also in double figures with 10 points and seven assists. The Big Red was in constant foul trouble and was whistled for 29 fouls to just 13 against Penn State. The home team also forced Cornell into 16 turnovers. Four players reached double figures for Penn State, led by 17 points, 11 rebounds and six assists by Tim Frazier. Troy Lewis and Cammeron Woodyard had 13 points apiece, while Jermaine Marshall scored 12. Penn State held a 40-32 edge on the glass, including a 16-9 advantage on the offensive glass. Cornell entered the game ranking among the national leaders in fewest 3-pointers allowed (5.2) and lowest opposing 3-point percentage (.269), while Penn State was shooting just .307 beyond the arc. Those numbers flew right out the window, as the Nittany Lions made 10-of-24 3-pointers. Cornell hit 11 triples of its own with six from Ferry and three more by Miller.
NOTES TO KNOW:
• The Big Red is 3-0 this season against America East conference teams and sport a four-game win streak against teams from the conference.
• Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is a perfect 3-0 in overtime games.
• The Big Red's last eight games have been decided by single digits, with four of the last five having been decided by four points or less.
• Cornell will be without the services of starting point guard Miles Asafo-Adjei for the third straight game after the junior suffered an infection to his leg that left him hospitalized in Illinois.
• Cornell is 86-45 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 24-22 in its last 46 games away from Newman Arena.
• Cornell is 51-10 over its last 61 home games, including 34-8 in the last four seasons and 46-9 in the last five years.
• In non-conference games, the Big Red is 42-33 over the last five seasons.
PLAYER NOTES: (full player bios start on page 8)
• Wroblewski is 31 points shy of becoming the school's 24th 1,000-point scorer.
• Wroblewski moved into second place on the school's career assists list with his eight against Albany. He passed Josh Wexler '89 (377) and Chuck Rolles '56 (378) and now has 390.
• Senior guard Drew Ferry has hit multiple 3-point field goals in all 10 games.
• Ferry is averaging 18.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in his last four contests, hitting on 22-of-42 3-pointers (.523).
• Ferry became the 17th player in Big Red history to hit at least 100 3-pointers in a career. He enters the Stony Brook contest with 120 treys.
• Junior guard Miles Asafo-Adjei has 21 assists and eight turnovers in his last six games and has 23 assists and 10 turnovers total this year.
• Asafo-Adjei has made his last seven field goals spanning three games. Prior to that, he was shooting just .286 in his career (22-of-77).
• Junior Eitan Chemerinski's 75 points in nine games is more than double his 36 points over his first two campaigns.
• The Big Red has limited opponents to 29 percent shooting from beyond the 3-point arc (57-of-199), with opponents making just 5.7 per game. Only once has a team shot better than 33 percent against Cornell.
• Cornell is averaging 16.8 assists per game in its last five contests.
• In its four wins, Cornell's opponents are shooting .400 from the floor and have been under 40 percent in three of the games. In its six losses, the Big Red's opponents have hit at a .436 clip.
• The Big Red has been outrebounded in nine of the team's first 10 contests.
• Cornell has averaged 9.1 steals per game in its last eight contests with four games of 10 or more.
• Cornell has made at least seven 3-pointers in each of its contests this season, while only allowing as many as seven three times (seven vs. Boston University, at Illinois, 10 at Penn State).
• The Big Red is forcing 17.4 turnovers per game in the last nine contests.
• Cornell shot 43 percent from 3-point range in its first two games (18-of-42), but has connected on just 34 percent (71-of-211) in its last eight.
• Cornell has already lost 49 player games due to injury (Asafo-Adjei - 2; D.Cherry - 4; Gatlin - 10; Groebe - 1; LaMore - 2; Matthews - 10; Peck - 10; Sahota - 10).
SHONN MILLER A THREE-TIME IVY LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Nov. 14 — Miller's 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.
Nov. 21 — Miller averaged 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 0.7 steals in just 23.3 minutes per game in helping Cornell go 2-1. He shot 46 percent from the floor and 71 percent from the free-throw line. He reached double figures in two of the three contests. Miller opened the week with career highs of 19 points and eight rebounds to go along with a block and a steal in a win over Binghamton. He eight points and two rebounds against Buffalo and notched 10 points, six rebounds and two blocked two shots against reigning America East champion and preseason favorite Boston University.
Nov. 28 — Miller averaged 8.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 steals in two games for the Big Red, including earning his first career starts. He had eight points, a career-best 10 rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals against an athletic Delaware frontcourt. He answered that performance with nine points, seven rebounds, a block and a steal against American.
GALAL CANCER ALSO AN IVY LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Dec. 19 — Cancer scored 11 points, dished seven assists, snatched five rebounds and picked up four steals in an 85-82 overtime victory over the Great Danes. He made 5-of-10 field goals while collecting career highs in assists and steals. He was also just two points off his career scoring high. Cancer had four points, two rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in the final minute of regulation for the Big Red, who overcame a 10-point deficit with nine minutes to play to force an extra session.
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 he 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.
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).
CORNELL BEYOND THE ARC — 600 AND COUNTING: The Big Red hit 11 3-pointers at Penn State on Dec. 21, its 637th 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 685 of 689 games, connecting on 4,291 treys, an average of 6.2 per game. Cornell has hit at least 10 3-pointers in a game 33 times in 71 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).
STATING THE STATES: Members of the Cornell basketball team represent 16 states and one Canadian province.
BIG RED CAPTAINS: Cornell's senior backcourt of Drew Ferry and Chris Wroblewski will serve as co-captains for the 2011-12 season. Wroblewski is in his second year as team captain, becoming the 13th player to serve as captain for at least two years.
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 will continue its five-game road trip when it heads to Bucknell on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 2 p.m., then closes it with a trip to Maryland on Jan. 3 before returning home on Jan. 7 to face Division III Albright College.