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GAME #15: Princeton at Cornell
TIP OFF: Friday, Jan. 13, at 7:00 p.m.
SITE: Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
2011-12 RECORDS: Princeton (9-7, 0-0 Ivy League); Cornell (5-9, 0-0 Ivy League)
SERIES RECORD: Princeton leads 136-78
LAST MEETING: Princeton won 84-66, Feb. 25, 2011 in Princeton, N.J.

GAME #16: Penn at Cornell
TIP OFF: Saturday, Jan. 14, at 7:00 p.m.
SITE: Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
2011-12 RECORDS: Penn (7-8, 0-0 Ivy League); Cornell (5-9, 0-0 Ivy League)
SERIES RECORD: Penn leads 143-73
LAST MEETING: Cornell won 74-72, Feb. 26, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pa.

RADIO: HITS 103.3 FM (Barry Leonard, Eric Taylor '05)
TV: None
LIVE STATS: available at www.CornellBigRed.com
LIVE VIDEO: available at www.CornellBigRed.com
TICKETS: available by calling (607) 254-BEAR

Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his second season at Cornell (15-27, .357) ... 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 get a quick reading on just where it stands in the Ivy League race when it begins the 56th Ivy League season against defending Ivy League champion Princeton on Friday, Jan. 13 and perennial contender Penn on Saturday, Jan. 14 at Newman Arena in Bartels Hall. Both games will tip at 7 p.m. 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.

After five consecutive games on the road, the Big Red was able to get back into the win column with a 78-60 victory over Division III opponent Albright. The win improved Cornell to 5-1 at home on the year against an 0-8 road mark. The Big Red continued to rely on its defense, limiting the Lions to 34 percent shooting overall and a horrid 1-of-15 night from beyond the 3-point arc (seven percent). Drew Ferry had a game-high 16 points, backcourt mate Chris Wroblewski put in 11 points and six assists and freshman forward Shonn Miller notched 10 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots in the win.

Wroblewski, a senior co-captain, became the school's 24th 1,000-point scorer earlier this season. He enters the weekend averaging 9.4 points, 5.6 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game and runs an offense that has seven players averaging 5.3 points per game or better. Ferry is posting a team-high 13.8 points and ranks fourth nationally in 3-pointers made per game (3.8), while Miller is scoring 8.7 ppg. and leads the team in rebounding (6.3 rpg.) and blocked shots (1.6 bpg.). Juniors Josh Figini (7.1 ppg.) and Eitan Chemerinski (7.1 ppg.) combine for 14.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game in 33.9 minutes per game at center.

• 2011-12 Record: 9-7 (0-0 Ivy League).
• Head Coach: Mitch Henderson (Princeton '98), 9-7, first season at Princeton.
• Defending Ivy League champion Princeton enters conference play with a 9-7 record after posting a 79-68 victory over Division III College of New Jersey on Jan. 8 at Jadwin Gymnasium.
• The Tigers are 8-2 in their last 10 games after opening the season with a 1-5 mark. The only losses during that stretch were at Drexel (64-60) and at Siena (63-59), both four-point defeats. Included among the wins were victories over Rutgers and Florida State away from home.
• The Tigers, who nearly topped Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA tournament a season ago after winning a playoff game against Harvard for the automatic bid, were picked to finish second in the Ancient Eight in the preseason media poll.
• Head coach Mitch Henderson is in his first season on the sidelines at his alma mater after 10 years as an assistant coach at Northwestern under Bill Carmody.

THE SERIES: Princeton leads the series 136-78 dating back to the first meeting between the teams in the 1901-02 season. Cornell has won 10 of the last 14 meetings between the teams overall, though the Tigers swept the Big Red last year.

LAST TIME VS. PRINCETON: Cornell sped up Princeton throughout the night, but the Tigers were able to pull away in the second half to keep step with first-place Harvard in an 84-66 win at Jadwin Gymnasium. Chris Wroblewski scored 14 points, dished off seven assists, ripped down four rebounds and stole four passes, while Mark Coury (13 points) and Drew Ferry (10 points) were both in double figures as well. Cornell shot just 37 percent from the floor against Princeton's defense and was outrebounded 34-27. Princeton put four players in double figures, led by Ian Hummer with 20 points, nine rebounds and four assists. The sophomore made 9-of-11 shots from the floor. Dan Mavraides (17 points, six assists) and Douglas Davis (15 points) combined for 32 points and nine 3-point baskets, while Kareem Maddox made 6-of-7 shot attempts and scored 13 points with eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocked shots. The Tigers shot 62 percent from the floor in the win and assisted on 25 baskets.

• 2011-12 Record*: 7-8 (0-0 Ivy League) * - as of Jan. 8, 2012.
• Head Coach: Jerome Allen (Penn '09), 26-38, second season at Penn.
• Penn entered Tuesday's Big Five game at home against La Salle with a 7-8 overall record, including a 78-73 victory over Lafayette on Jan. 4. The Quakers opened the season by winning three of the team's first four, though four of the recent losses came at the hands of Pittsburgh, Villanova, UCLA and Duke.
• Senior point guard Zack Rosen is one of the early favorites for Ivy League Player of the Year. The only Ancient Eight point guard to be named a semifinalist for the Bob Cousy award, Rosen paces the conference in scoring (19.1 ppg.) and assists (6.2 apg.).
• Sharp-shooting guard Tyler Bernardini (15.2 ppg.) and guard Miles Cartwright (10.6 ppg.) are also averaging double figures for the Quakers.
• Like Cornell, Penn has had its struggles on the glass (-3.4) and have allowed teams to shoot 37 percent from 3-point range. The Quakers have scored at least 70 points in four of their last five contests.
• Head coach Jerome Allen, one of the great Penn basketball players of the modern era, took over the top chair in December 2009. The two-time Ivy League Player of the Year played two seasons in the NBA and several years overseas before joining the coaching ranks. Allen is 1-3 against Cornell as a head coach, but the win was a shocking 79-64 upset of the Big Red at the Palestra during the 2009-10 campaign, handing Cornell its only league loss.

THE SERIES: Penn leads 144-72 overall in a series that dates back to the 1903-04 campaign. Cornell has had the best of the series recently, winning seven of the last eight after losing 18 consecutive contests to the Quakers. The Big Red swept both contests a year ago.

LAST TIME VS. PENN: Senior Mark Coury hit a 10-foot jumper on an inbounds play as the shot clock expired with 35 seconds left and Cornell held on for a 74-72 victory over Penn at the Palestra. Coury ended the night with 13 points, matching a career high, making 5-of-7 shots from the floor and adding three rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and a steal in 22 productive minutes off the bench. He was a large part of the reason Cornell shot 52 percent from the floor overall and held Penn to 42 percent shooting. He was one of three players in double figures for Cornell, as Drew Ferry scored 11 and Errick Peck notched 10. Chris Wroblewski was the key distributor, dishing out 11 of the team's 25 assists (on 28 baskets) and turning the ball over just once. The 25 assists ranks third in a single game in Cornell history. Max Groebe, Anthony Gatlin and Adam Wire all had eight points as 10 different players scored. Penn got 23 points, four assists and three steals from freshman Miles Cartwright, while Zack Rosen posted 22 points. Tyler Bernardini scored 14 points and had 10 rebounds, but shot just 5-of-16 from the floor in the loss. No other Penn player had more than four points. In all, Cornell's bench outscored Penn's 49-20 and limited Penn's All-ivy candidate Jack Eggleston to two points on 1-of-8 shooting.

THE IVY OPENER: Cornell opens its 56th official Ivy League season (the league was formally started prior to the 1956-57 season) with a 19-35 record in previous conference openers. Cornell is 0-1 against Princeton in league openers and 14-15 at home. The programs' records against opponents in Ivy openers: Brown (0-3), Columbia (15-18), Dartmouth (1-4), Harvard (2-5), Penn (0-2), Princeton (0-1) and Yale (1-2). Going back to its Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League (a forerunner of the Ivy League), Cornell's record is 44-62 in conference openers (25-28 in the EIBL).

LOOKING BACK AT THE ALBRIGHT GAME: After a listless first half, the Cornell men's basketball team pulled away by scoring the first 13 points of the second half and cruised to a 78-60 victory over Division III Albright at Newman Arena. Drew Ferry scored a team-high 16 points and added four rebounds and three steals, while Chris Wroblewski added 11 points and six assists and Shonn Miller notched 10 points, seven rebounds and blocked a career high five shots in the victory. Cornell shot 48 percent from the floor overall and connected on 10-of-22 from 3-point range while assisting on 22 baskets. The Big Red defense also limited the Lions to 34 percent shooting overall, including a 1-of-15 effort from beyond the arc (seven percent). Derek Hall had 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds to lead Albright, while Dave Singleton scored 13 points for the Lions. Albright held a decisive 45-34 edge on the glass.

• While Cornell has struggled on the road (0-8), the Big Red has had good success at home (5-1).
• The Big Red's last 11 games against Division I teams have been decided by single digits, with six of the last eight having been decided by four points or less or in overtime.
• 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.

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 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 87-48 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 52-10 over its last 62 home games, including 35-8 in the last four seasons and 47-9 in the last five years.
• In non-conference games, the Big Red is 43-36 over the last five seasons.

• The Big Red has limited opponents to 27 percent shooting from beyond the 3-point arc (72-of-269), with opponents making just 5.1 per game. Only once has a team shot better than 33 percent against Cornell.
• The Big Red has been outrebounded in 13 of the team's first 14 contests.
• Cornell has made at least seven 3-pointers in 13 of its first 14 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 16.9 turnovers per game in the last 13 contests.
• Cornell shot 43 percent from 3-point range in its first two games (18-of-42), but has connected on just 33 percent (101-of-305) in its last 12.
• Cornell has already lost 74 player games due to injury (Asafo-Adjei - 6; D.Cherry - 4; Gatlin - 14; Groebe - 2; LaMore - 3; Matthews - 14; Peck - 14; Sahota - 14; Scelfo - 3).

Nov. 14 — Shonn 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 — Shonn 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 — Shonn 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.
Dec. 19 — Galal 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.

CORNELL BEYOND THE ARC — 600 AND COUNTING: The Big Red hit 10 3-pointers against Albright on Jan. 7, its 641st 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 689 of 693 games, connecting on 4,321 treys, an average of 6.2 per game. Cornell has hit at least 10 3-pointers in a game 34 times in 75 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.

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.

NEXT UP: The Big Red hits the road for the first time in league play this season and will attempt to capture its first victory away form Ithaca when it visits Columbia on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at Levien Gymnasium. The Lions will return the trip a week later, on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m., at Newman Arena.

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