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Game #14: Albright at Cornell
Tip off: Saturday, Jan. 7, at 2:00 p.m.
Site: Newman Arena at Bartels Hall (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
2011-12 Records: Albright (9-3, 0-2 Commonwealth); Cornell (4-9, 0-0 Ivy)
Series Record: Albright leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Albright won 56-29, Dec. 22, 1942 in Reading, Pa.
Radio: HITS 103.3 FM (Barry Leonard)
Live Video: available at www.CornellBigRed.com
Live Stats: available at www.CornellBigRed.com
Tickets: available by calling (607) 254-BEAR
HEAD COACH BILL COURTNEY
Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his second season at Cornell (14-27, .341) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher '44 Coach of Men's Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.
ITHACA, N.Y. — After a five-game road trip that showed what the Big Red can be, the Cornell men's basketball team returns home to close out the non-conference season when it meets Division III Albright College on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. at Newman Arena in Bartels Hall. Barry Leonard and Eric Taylor '05 provide the call on HITS 103.3 FM and you can watch the live video of the game on RedCast.
The Big Red closed out its treacherous five-game road swing with 70-62 loss at Maryland on Tuesday night, but had plenty to build on despite dropping all five games of the trip. Cornell held leads well into the second half at both No. 25/24 Illinois and Penn State before falling to their Big Ten opponents, while also going into the final minute of play well within reach of Stony Brook (picked second in preseason America East poll) and Bucknell (defending Patriot League champion, preseason favorite). Cornell was within a point with two minutes left at Maryland.
Now back home, Cornell has opened the year 4-1 with a pair of overtime victories and the only loss coming in a two-point defeat to American. The Big Red is averaging better than 75 points per game at home and just 61.0 points per game in its road contests. 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.
The Big Red's defense has been solid, allowing opponents to hit just 42 percent from the floor overall and 28 percent from beyond the 3-point arc (making just 5.5 per game). The Big Red paces the Ancient Eight in steals per game (8.3 per game).
• 2011-12 Record: 9-3 (0-2 Commonwealth).
• Conference: Commonwealth.
• Head Coach: Rick Ferry (Susquehanna '85), 139-107, 11th season at Albright.
• Albright improved to 9-3 with a 76-71 win over Moravian to win the Greyhound Starters Classic. The Lions are 6-1 since opening the season with a 3-3 record. Its lone loss was a one-point loss to Richard Stockton on Dec. 30 at home.
• The Division III school located in Reading, Pa. was founded in 1856 and has approximately 1,700 students. The Lions' basketball program has appeared in 10 NCAA tournaments, including in 2010, and has won 20 Commonwealth Conference regular season crowns and eight tournament titles.
• Derek Hall is the lone regular averaging double figures at 13.8 points to go along with his 9.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. In all, eight players are averaging better than six points per game and four are averaging better than nine points per game.
• Though 18 players have seen action so far this season, the Lions have had the same starting lineup for each of its first 12 contests.
• Albright is averaging 17.0 assists per game and shooting 47 percent from the floor as a team (including 49 percent from inside the arc), while limiting opponents to 40 percent shooting overall and 30 percent from 3-point range.
• The team was picked to finish fifth in the preseason conference poll.
• Head coach Rick Ferry is in his 11th season on the sidelines at Albright. Also the school's director of athletics, Ferry has guided the Lions to two conference titles and a pair of NCAA tournament appearances.
THE SERIES: The programs have met just once previously, with Albright taking a 56-29 victory over the Big Red on Dec. 22, 1942 in Reading, Pa.
CORNELL VS. NON-DIVISION I TEAMS: Cornell has almost annually played and beaten a non-Division I team with last year being the first time in 19 seasons a schedule was made up complete of Division I teams. Cornell is 18-0 in those contests with an average margin of victory of more than 30 points. Each of the team's wins came by double figures except for in 2004-05, when Ithaca College made a 10-point run against Cornell reserves in the final minute in a 69-67 Big Red victory. The Big Red is 153-61 against teams that are non-Division I foes, though it is 0-1 against Albright.
LOOKING BACK AT THE MARYLAND GAME: Senior Chris Wroblewski became the 24th player in school history to register 1,000 career points and Cornell's defense nearly brought it all the way back from a 23-point first half deficit, but Maryland was able to hold on for a 70-62 victory over the Big Red at the Comcast Center. Wroblewski scored a team-high 15 points and added four rebounds and three assists. His last basket, a driving layup with under a minute to play, put him at exactly 1,000 points. But his bucket wasn't enough to overcome a tough start for the Big Red. Freshman Devin Cherry had a breakout game with career highs of 14 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 28 minutes off the bench, He Junior Eitan Chemerinski was also effective in a return to his home state, hitting 5-of-6 field goals en route to 10 points. He also had three steals. Freshman Shonn Miller just missed his second career double-double for Cornell with nine points, 10 rebounds and two steals. Maryland got 19 points and six rebounds from Sean Mosley, while Alex Len had 15 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots. Terrell Stoglin, the ACC's leading scorer at nearly 22 points per game, was held to 14 on 6-of-16 shooting.
NOTES TO KNOW:
• After dropping five tight contests, including three to schools in BCS conferences, during a five-game road trip, Cornell returns home to face Division III Albright. It will be the Big Red's first home game since December 17.
• While Cornell has struggled on the road (0-8), the Big Red has had good success at home (4-1).
• The game will be the final tuneup before Cornell opens Ivy League play next Friday against defending Ancient Eight champion Princeton.
• The Big Red's last 11 games have been decided by single digits, with six of the last eight having been decided by four points or less or in overtime.
• Cornell will be without the services of starting point guard Miles Asafo-Adjei for the sixth straight game after the junior suffered an infection to his leg that left him hospitalized in Illinois.
• Three of Cornell's games have gone to overtime, with the Big Red going 2-1. It is the ninth time Cornell has played in at least three overtime games in a single season. The school record for OT contests in a year is four, done in 1962-63, 1979-80 and 1999-2000.
CORNELL IN OVERTIME:
• Cornell is 2-1 this season in overtime in 2011-12.
• In two seasons under head coach Bill Courtney, the Big Red is 3-1.
• All-time, dating back to the first overtime game against Penn way back in 1922, Cornell is 37-45 in games that go an extra period.
• Cornell is 5-9 in multiple overtime games.
• The longest game for the Big Red was a five overtime contest against Princeton, won by the Tigers 66-61 on Feb. 24, 1979 at Barton Hall.
• Cornell is 28-15 in home overtime games, 2-2 in neutral contests and 8-27 in road games.
• Cornell is 86-48 in the last five seasons.
• The Big Red is 44-12 in its last 56 Ivy League contests over the last four years.
• 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 42-36 over the last five seasons.
• The Big Red has limited opponents to 28 percent shooting from beyond the 3-point arc (71-of-254), with opponents making just 5.5 per game. Only once has a team shot better than 33 percent against Cornell.
• The Big Red has been outrebounded in 12 of the team's first 13 contests.
• Cornell has made at least seven 3-pointers in 12 of its first 13 contests this season, while only allowing as many as seven four times (seven vs. Boston University, at Illinois, at Stony Brook and 10 at Penn State).
• The Big Red is forcing 16.7 turnovers per game in the last 12 contests.
• Cornell shot 43 percent from 3-point range in its first two games (18-of-42), but has connected on just 32 percent (91-of-283) in its last 11.
• Cornell has already lost 68 player games due to injury (Asafo-Adjei - 5; D.Cherry - 4; Gatlin - 13; Groebe - 2; LaMore - 3; Matthews - 13; Peck - 13; Sahota - 13; Scelfo - 2).
WROBLEWSKI IS 24TH TO 1,000 POINTS: Senior guard Chris Wroblewski became the 24th player in school history to reach the 1,000 point plateau with his final points against Maryland on January 3. He ended the day with exactly 1,000 points. Nine of those players have hit 1,000 points since the 2001 season. The last player to reach 1,000 points was Louis Dale '10 during the 2008-09 season.
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, 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 seven 3-pointers at Maryland on Jan. 3, its 640th 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 688 of 692 games, connecting on 4,311 treys, an average of 6.2 per game. Cornell has hit at least 10 3-pointers in a game 33 times in 74 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.
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: Cornell begins its quest for the program's fourth Ivy League title in the last five seasons when it plays host to reigning Ancient Eight champion Princeton on Friday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m., then perennial conference contender Penn on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. in Newman Arena.