Saturday, January 14, 2012

Cornell Game Notes for Meeting with Penn

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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 (8-9, 1-0 Ivy League); Cornell (6-9, 1-0 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
Live Video: available at
Tickets: available by calling (607) 254-BEAR

Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his second season at Cornell (16-27, .372) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher '44 Coach of Men's Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.

ITHACA, N.Y. — After knocking off the defending Ivy League champion on opening night of Ivy League play, Cornell will face another darkhorse contender for the 2012 conference title when it meets Penn on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7 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.

Both Cornell and Penn are coming off victories, with the winner of tonight's game jumping out to a 2-0 start in the 14-game Ivy League tournament. The Big Red, winner of three of the last four Ivy titles, gutted out a 67-59 triumph over Princeton last night behind 17 points from Galal Cancer and 12 points and seven rebounds from Shonn Miller. The freshmen also spearheaded a defensive effort that saw the Big Red limit the Tigers to 36 percent shooting, including 22 percent from behind the 3-point arc.

Wroblewski, a senior co-captain, became the school's 24th 1,000-point scorer earlier this season. He enters the night averaging 9.4 points, 5.6 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game and runs an offense that has seven players averaging 5.5 points per game or better. Ferry is posting a team-high 12.9 points and ranks among the national leaders in 3-pointers made per game (3.5). Miller is scoring 8.9 ppg. and leads the team in rebounding (6.3 rpg.) and blocked shots (1.6 bpg.). Juniors Eitan Chemerinski (7.1 ppg.) and Josh Figini (6.7 ppg.) combine for 13.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game in 32.6 minutes per game at center. Cancer is posting 7.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

• 2011-12 Record: 8-9 (1-0 Ivy League)
• Head Coach: Jerome Allen (Penn '09), 27-39, second season at Penn.
• Penn improved to 8-9 (1-0 Ivy) after escaping a late Columbia rally for a 66-64 victory over the Lions last night at Levien Gymnasium.
• Senior point guard Zack Rosen is one of the 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 (18.5 ppg.) and assists (6.2 apg.).
• Sharp-shooting guard Tyler Bernardini (15.1 ppg.) and guard Miles Cartwright (10.8 ppg.) are also averaging double figures for the Quakers.
• Like Cornell, Penn has had its struggles on the glass (-3.2) and have allowed teams to shoot 35 percent from 3-point range.
• 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.

LOOKING BACK AT THE PRINCETON GAME: Freshman Galal Cancer scored 17 points and classmate Shonn Miller notched 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots as Cornell knocked off defending Ivy League champion Princeton on Friday evening at Newman Arena. Playing in their first conference contest, both Cancer and Miller played key roles on both ends of the floor. Cancer added four assists, two steals, two rebounds and a blocked shot, while Miller had an assist, steal and no turnovers while playing solid defense for long stretches against All-Ivy forward Ian Hummer. The Big Red also got a big 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench from sophomore Dwight Tarwater and nine points, eight rebounds and four assists from Chris Wroblewski. Cornell was able to get out of the gates quickly despite an off-night by leading scorer Drew Ferry, who was held scoreless in 29 minutes of action. The Big Red shot just 39 percent from the floor, but its defense was even more stifling, holding Princeton to 36 percent shooting and 22 percent from beyond the arc. It also held a 42-41 edge on the backboards, just the second time all year the Big Red won the battle of the boards. Perhaps the most important number of the night was six ... the number of turnovers the Big Red committed. Douglas Davis scored 16 points to lead the Tigers, though it came on 22 shots. Hummer added 14 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and three assists and T.J. Bray had an outstanding night with 12 points, eight rebounds and seven assists with just one turnover in 39 minutes of action. Princeton had nine blocks as a team and limited the home team to 18 percent 3-point shooting (2-of-11).

• Cornell improved to 6-1 at home last night in a 67-59 win over defending Ivy League champion Princeton. The Big Red has won four straight in Newman Arena.
• The Big Red is looking for a 2-0 Ivy start for the fourth time in five seasons.
• The Big Red's last 12 games against Division I opponents have been decided by single digits, with six of the last nine having been decided by four points or less or in overtime.

TALL IVY: Over the last six seasons, Cornell's 54-17 record is the best among Ivy League teams in conference action. Penn, who claimed the 2006-07 title, is second at 41-30, followed by Yale (39-31), and 2010-11 Ivy champions Harvard (37-34) and Princeton (36-35). Rounding out the field is Columbia (32-39), Brown (29-41) and Dartmouth (16-55).

• Cornell is 87-48 in the last five seasons.
• The Big Red is 45-12 in its last 57 Ivy League contests over the last five 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 42-36 over the last five seasons.

• The Big Red has limited opponents to 26 percent shooting from beyond the 3-point arc (78-of-296), with opponents making just 5.2 per game. Only once has a team shot better than 33 percent against Cornell.
• Five of Cornell's last six opponents have shot under 40 percent from the floor (.383 over last six games).
• The Big Red has been outrebounded in 13 of the team's first 15 contests.
• Cornell has made at least seven 3-pointers in 13 of its first 15 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).
• Cornell shot 43 percent from 3-point range in its first two games (18-of-42), but has connected on just 33 percent (103-of-314) in its last 13.
• Cornell has already lost 79 player games due to injury (Asafo-Adjei - 7; D.Cherry - 4; Gatlin - 15; Groebe - 2; LaMore - 3; Matthews - 15; Peck - 15; Sahota - 15; Scelfo - 3).

CORNELL BEYOND THE ARC — 600 AND COUNTING: The Big Red hit two 3-pointers against Princeton on Jan. 14, its 642nd 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 690 of 694 games, connecting on 4,323 treys, an average of 6.2 per game. Cornell has hit at least 10 3-pointers in a game 34 times in 76 games over the last three years, including an Ivy League single-game record 20 at Brown in 2009-10.

NEXT UP: The Big Red will continue Ivy League action on Saturday, Jan. 21when it will visit Columbia at Levien Gymnasium. The game will have a 7 p.m. tip

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