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Game #18: Columbia at Cornell
Tip off: Saturday, Jan. 28, at 7:00 p.m.
Site: Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
2011-12 Records: Columbia (12-7, 1-2 Ivy League); Cornell (6-11, 1-2 Ivy League)
Series Record: Columbia leads 121-96
Last Meeting: Columbia won 61-56, Jan. 21, 2012 in New York, N.Y.
Radio: HITS 103.3 FM (Barry Leonard, Eric Taylor)
Live Stats: available at www.CornellBigRed.com
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HEAD COACH BILL COURTNEY
Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his second season at Cornell (16-29, .356) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher '44 Coach of Men's Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.
ITHACA, N.Y. — Cornell will attempt to cause the first split of the home-and-home travel partner series with Columbia since the 2005-06 campaign when the two teams square off on Saturday, Jan. 28 at at 7 p.m. at Newman Arena in Bartels Hall. Barry Leonard will provide the call on HITS 103.3 FM and you can watch live video of the game on RedCast.
After five consecutive sweeps in the season series (four by Cornell, one by Columbia), Cornell will attempt to avoid a sixth after dropping a 61-56 decision to the Lions last Saturday night at Levien Gymnasium. The Big Red shot just 34 percent from the floor in the loss and couldn't overcome a monster game from Mark Cisco, who had 18 points and 20 rebounds.
To get to 2-2 in Ivy play, the Big Red will need to continue its success at home, where Cornell is 6-2 already this season. Among the wins were Patriot League contender Lehigh and defending Ivy League champion Princeton.
Chris 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, 5.5 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game and runs an offense that has seven players averaging 5.6 points per game or better. Senior Drew Ferry is posting a team-high 12.6 points and ranks fifth nationally in 3-pointers made per game (3.4), while Miller is scoring 9.1 ppg. and leads the team in rebounding (6.3 rpg.) and blocked shots (1.8 bpg.). Juniors Eitan Chemerinski (6.8 ppg.) and Josh Figini (5.9 ppg.) combine for 12.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game in 32.2 minutes per game at center.
• 2011-12 Record: 12-7 (1-2 Ivy League).
• Head Coach: Kyle Smith (Hamilton '92), 27-20, second season at Columbia.
• After opening the season with four straight losses, Columbia responded by winning seven straight games and 11 of 12 prior to being swept at home by Penn and Princeton to open Ivy play last weekend. The Lions bounced back with last weekend's 61-56 triumph over the Big Red in New York City.
• Junior Brian Barbour is the team's leading scorer at 15.4 ppg. while adding 3.5 apg. and 3.0 rpg. Sophomore Meiko Lyles (10.5 ppg.) and junior Mark Cisco (9.6 ppg., 7.2 rpg.) are also at or near double figures in scoring.
• Columbia is limiting foes to 39 percent shooting (.393) and are outrebounding foes by +3.0 per game.
• The success has come despite the loss of leading returning scorer Noruwa Agho to a season-ending injury. Agho was a first-team All-Ivy selection a year ago.
• Second-year head coach Kyle Smith is in his second season a year removed from leading the Lions to a 15-13 overall mark. Columbia won 10 games at home a year ago, matching a school record.
THE SERIES: Columbia leads the all-time series between the programs 121-96, though Cornell has won 14 of the last 19 meetings between the squads. The Lions snapped a nine-game Big Red win streak with a season sweep a year ago and won this year's contest at Levien Gymnasium last weekend, 61-56. The Big Red had won the previous five contests by double figures, including by an average margin of 23.5 points in 2009-10. Cornell's last win came during that season, a 77-51 triumph at Levien Gymnasium.
LAST TIME VS. COLUMBIA: The Cornell men's basketball team couldn't get an offensive rhythm going and Columbia did just enough against a stout Big Red defense to pull out a 61-56 victory at Levien Gymnasium. Senior Chris Wroblewski led the Big Red with 14 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals, while Drew Ferry (13 points) and Johnathan Gray (12 points) also reached double figures in scoring. Cornell allowed Columbia to shoot just 39.6 percent from the floor in the loss, including 29 percent from 3-point range (4-of-14), but struggled shooting the ball plenty itself. The Big Red made just 34 percent of its shots overall, including just 4-of-19 from beyond the arc for 21 percent. Mark Cisco had a dominant night in the post for the Lions with 18 points, 20 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. Meiko Lyles added 15 points and Brian Barbour notched 14. Columbia held a decisive 45-29 advantage on the glass and overcame 18 turnovers.
NOTES TO KNOW:
• Though it hasn't been able to break through on the road (0-9), Cornell has had great success at home (6-2).
• The Big Red is 24-11 against Columbia dating back to the 1995 season, including 14-5 since the 2003 campaign.
• Twelve of the team's last 13 games against Division I teams have been decided by single digits.
• 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 six seasons, Cornell's 54-19 record is the best among Ivy League teams in conference action. Penn, who claimed the 2006-07 title, is second at 42-30, followed by Yale (41-31), and 2010-11 Ivy champions Harvard (38-34) and Princeton (37-35). Rounding out the field is Columbia (33-40), Brown (29-43) and Dartmouth (16-56).
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 87-50 in the last five seasons.
• The Big Red is 45-14 in its last 59 Ivy League contests over the last five years.
• Cornell is 52-11 over its last 63 home games, including 35-9 in the last four seasons and 47-10 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 (92-of-330), with opponents making just 5.4 per game. Only twice has a team shot better than 33 percent against Cornell.
• Six of Cornell's last eight opponents have shot under 40 percent from the floor (.392 over last eight games).
• The Big Red has been outrebounded in 14 of the team's first 17 contests.
• Cornell has made at least seven 3-pointers in 13 of its first 17 contests this season, while only allowing as many as seven five times (seven vs. Boston University, at Illinois, at Stony Brook and 10 at Penn State, vs. Penn).
• Cornell shot 43 percent from 3-point range in its first two games (18-of-42), but has connected on just 31 percent (110-of-352) in its last 14.
• Over its last three contests, the Big Red has made just 9-of-47 from 3-point range (.191).
• The Big Red has blocked at least five shots in four straight games for the first time since 2008-09.
• Cornell has at least eight steals in five straight games for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign.
• Cornell has already lost 89 player games due to injury (Asafo-Adjei - 9; D.Cherry - 4; Gatlin - 17; Groebe - 2; LaMore - 3; Matthews - 17; Peck - 17; Sahota - 17; Scelfo - 3).
MILLER CHALLENGING ROOKIE RECORDS: Freshman Shonn Miller has already set a freshman record for blocked shots in a season (31, good for 15th best in school history), breaking the previous record of 22 by Jeffrion Aubry during the 1995-96 campaign. Miller sits 16th on the school's freshman scoring chart with his 155 points scored. Next on the list is Ken Bantum with 184 points. To reach the top 10, Miller would need to average .8.2 ppg. over the remaining 11 regular season contests. His 107 rebounds is just 32 shy of Lenny Collins' school freshman record of 139 set during the 2002-03 campaign.
FRESHMEN LEADING THE WAY IN SCORING: In the first three conference games this season, the Big Red has been led in the scoring column by a pair of freshmen. Shonn Miller stands first on the team at 11.0 ppg., while classmate Galal Cancer is second at 10.0 ppg. The last time a pair of Big Red freshmen paced Cornell in scoring in Ivy League play was the 2006-07 season when Ryan Wittman (15.3 ppg.) led the way and Louis Dale (13.4 ppg.) was second on the squad.
CORNELL HAS FOUR IVY LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK AWARDS:
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 four 3-pointers at Columbia on Jan. 21, its 644th 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 692 of 696 games, connecting on 4,330 treys, an average of 6.2 per game. Cornell has hit at least 10 3-pointers in a game 34 times in 78 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.
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.
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.
NEXT UP: The Big Red will hit the road to face preseason Ivy League favorite Harvard on Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m., then heads to Dartmouth on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.