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Game #23: Cornell at Penn
Tip off: Friday, Feb. 17, at 7:00 p.m.
Site: The Palestra (8,722), Philadelphia, Pa.
2011-12 Records: Cornell (10-12, 5-3 Ivy League); Penn (13-11, 5-2 Ivy League)
Series Record: Penn leads 144-73
Last Meeting: Penn won 64-52, Jan. 14, 2012 in Ithaca, N.Y.

Game #24: Cornell at Princeton
Tip off: Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7:00 p.m.
Site: Jadwin Gymnasium (6,854), Princeton, N.J.
2011-12 Records: Cornell (10-12, 5-3 Ivy League); Princeton (13-10, 4-3 Ivy League)
Series Record: Princeton leads 136-79
Last Meeting: Cornell won 67-59, Jan 13, 2012 in Ithaca, N.Y.

Radio: HITS 103.3 FM (Barry Leonard, Eric Taylor)
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 (20-30, .400) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher '44 Coach of Men's Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.

ITHACA, N.Y. — After a weekend home sweep of Yale and Brown, the Cornell men's basketball team will head back to the road to meet Penn (Friday, Feb. 17) and Princeton (Saturday, Feb. 18). Both games will tip at 7 p.m. Barry Leonard will provide the call on HITS 103.3 FM and on RedCast. You can also watch video of both games on Penn and Princeton's respective web sites for a fee.

Chris Wroblewski, a senior co-captain, became the school's 24th 1,000-point scorer earlier this season. He enters the weekend averaging 10.6 points, 5.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game and was named Ivy League Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 16.5 points, 9.0 assists and 6.5 rebounds in the victories over Yale and Brown.

Really emerging in last weekend's wins was junior Johnathan Gray. The former walk-on averaged 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds, including exploding for a career-high 29 points in the overtime victory over Yale. He then posted his sixth consecutive double figure scoring game with 16 points and nine rebounds in the win over Brown.

As a team, Cornell valued the ball and made shots both nights. The Big Red hit 12 3-pointers in each game and was credited with 37 assists and just 20 turnovers in the two victories.

Senior Drew Ferry is posting a team-high 11.4 points and ranks in the top 15 nationally in 3-pointers made per game (3.0), while Shonn Miller is scoring 9.4 ppg. and leads the team in rebounding (6.2 rpg.) and blocked shots (1.9 bpg.). Freshman Galal Cancer is averaging 6.4 ppg., 2.9 apg., 2.7 rpg. and 1.3 spg.

• 2011-12 Record: 13-11 (5-2 Ivy League) • Head Coach: Jerome Allen (Penn '09), 32-41, second season at Penn.
• Penn enters the weekend with a 13-11 mark (5-2 Ivy) and are just a game and a half out of the Ivy League lead. The Quakers are 6-2 in their last eight games with the lone losses coming at Yale and at home against Harvard.
• 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 (18.0 ppg.) and assists (5.8 apg.). He drained the game-winning 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds left in a 58-55 victory over Dartmouth in the last game for Penn.
• Sharp-shooting guard Tyler Bernardini (14.3 ppg.) and guard Miles Cartwright (10.1 ppg.) are also averaging double figures for the Quakers.
• 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 2-3 against Cornell as a head coach.

THE SERIES: Penn leads 144-73 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 nine after losing 18 consecutive contests to the Quakers. The Big Red swept both contests a year ago., but Penn answered the bell with a 64-52 win earlier this season at Newman Arena

LAST TIME VS. PENN: Freshman Shonn Miller scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his second career double-double, but Penn's hot shooting from beyond the arc proved too much as the Quakers topped Cornell 64-52 at Newman Arena. The Big Red freshman had another outstanding outing, hitting 8-of-13 shots and adding four blocks and a steal in 31 minutes without a turnover. He was the lone Cornell player to hit double figures. Drew Ferry scored eight points, all in the second half, and Galal Cancer notched seven points. Chris Wroblewski had four points, six assists and four steals for Cornell, which had 10 steals as a collective group. Cornell hit just 3-of-17 shots from beyond the arc and made just 13-of-24 free throws in the loss. For Penn, both Zack Rosen and Tyler Bernardini had 18 points to lead the Quakers. Rosen, the conference's leader in scoring and assists, added five assists and five steals, while Bernardini notched eight rebounds. Miles Cartwright chipped in with eight points, while Fran Dougherty had three rebounds and blocked three shots. The Quakers hit 10-of-20 from 3-point range in the win, helping Penn improve to 2-0 in Ivy League play.

• 2011-12 Record: 13-10 (4-3 Ivy League).
• Head Coach: Mitch Henderson (Princeton '98), 13-10, first season at Princeton.
• Defending Ivy League champion Princeton is 4-3 after sweeping Dartmouth (59-47) and Harvard (70-62) at home last weekend.
• The Tigers are 12-5 in their last 17 games after opening the season with a 1-5 mark. Included among the wins were victories over Rutgers and Florida State away from home, as well as handing Harvard its lone Ivy loss.
• Leading the way for the Tigers is Ian Hummer (16.7 ppg., 7.7 rpg.) and Douglas Davis (13.1 ppg.).
• 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 136-79 dating back to the first meeting between the teams in the 1901-02 season. Cornell has won 11 of the last 15 meetings between the teams overall, including this season's Ivy-opening win at Newman Arena.

LAST TIME VS. PRINCETON: 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 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. 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).

WROBLEWSKI NAMED IVY PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior Chris Wroblewski was simply dominant in a pair of wins over Yale and Brown, averaging 16.5 points, 9.0 assists, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals while turning the ball over just once all weekend in 76 minutes. Wroblewski shot 50 percent from the floor, 63 percent from three-point range, connected on all four free throw attempts, and even added a block. In the Big Red's 85-84 overtime win over Yale, he fell just two rebounds shy of Cornell's first-ever triple double, ending the night with 18 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and two steals without a turnover in 42 minutes. In the final three minutes of regulation, Wroblewski hit a pair of jumpers, assisted on a huge three-point basket and had three rebounds, including an offensive tap-out that led to a possession that Cornell scored on. In overtime, Wroblewski had an offensive rebound and dished off to an open shooter for a three-pointer to make it a two-possession game, and after Yale cut the deficit to one, hit a fall-away baseline jumper over Yale's 6-10 Greg Mangano to put Cornell up 84-81 with 27 seconds to play. The following night against Brown he added 15 points, eight assists, five rebounds, two steals and one turnover in the 72-63 victory. He made 3-of-4 shots from beyond the arc and posted nine points and four assists in the decisive second half.

• The Big Red are an impressive 9-2 at home this season, including 4-1 in Ivy League play.
• Sixteen of the team's last 18 games against Division I teams have been decided by single digits and four have gone to overtime.
• A school record four of Cornell's games have gone to overtime, with the Big Red going 3-1. The Big Red also played four overtime contests in the 1962-63, 1979-80 and 1999-2000 campaigns.

TALL IVY: Over the last six seasons, Cornell's 58-20 record is the best among Ivy League teams in conference action. Penn, who claimed the 2006-07 title, is second at 44-32, followed by Yale (45-33), and 2010-11 Ivy champions Harvard (43-35) and Princeton (40-36). Rounding out the field is Columbia (35-43), Brown (30-48) and Dartmouth (16-62).

• Cornell is 3-1 this season in overtime in 2011-12.
• In two seasons under head coach Bill Courtney, the Big Red is 4-1.
• All-time, dating back to the first overtime game against Penn way back in 1922, Cornell is 38-45 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 29-15 in home overtime games, 2-2 in neutral contests and 8-27 in road games.

• Cornell is 91-51 in the last five seasons.
• The Big Red is 49-15 in its last 64 Ivy League contests over the last five years.
• Cornell is 55-11 over its last 66 home games, including 38-9 in the last four seasons and 50-10 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 (122-of-434), with opponents making just 5.5 per game. Only four times has a team shot better than 33 percent against Cornell.
• nine of Cornell's last 13 opponents have shot under 40 percent from the floor (.398 over last 13 games).
• The Big Red has been outrebounded in 17 of the team's first 22 contests.
• Cornell has made at least seven 3-pointers in 16 of its first 22 contests this season, while only allowing as many as seven just seven times (seven vs. Boston University, at Illinois, at Stony Brook, eight vs. Brown, nine vs. Yale and 10 at Penn State, vs. Penn).
• Cornell shot 43 percent from 3-point range in its first two games (18-of-42), but connected on just 31 percent (130-of-418) in its last 18. The last two games have seen another big jump ... the Big Red has made 24-of-49 (.490).
• Cornell has already lost 114 player games due to injury (Asafo-Adjei - 14; D.Cherry - 4; Gatlin - 22; Groebe - 2; LaMore - 3; Matthews - 22; Peck - 22; Sahota - 22; Scelfo - 3).

MILLER CHALLENGING ROOKIE RECORDS: Freshman Shonn Miller has already set a freshman record for blocked shots in a season (41, good for 10th best in school history), breaking the previous record of 22 by Jeffrion Aubry during the 1995-96 campaign. Miller sits 13th on the school's freshman scoring chart with his 207 points. To reach the top 10, Miller would need to average 6.3 ppg. over the remaining six regular season contests. His 137 rebounds is just two shy of Lenny Collins' school freshman record of 139 set during the 2002-03 campaign.

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.
Feb. 6 — Shonn Miller averaged 12.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals in two contests while shooting 56 percent from the field in a weekend split at Harvard and Dartmouth. He was instrumental in the Big Red's first road victory of the season, a 68-59 triumph at Dartmouth, with his third career double-double. Millerposted 15 points and 10 rebounds to go along with a block and a steal. He had nine points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals in a 71-60 loss at No. 23 Harvard on Friday evening.

CORNELL BEYOND THE ARC — 600 AND COUNTING: The Big Red hit 12 3-pointers vs. Brown on Feb. 11, its 649th 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 697 of 701 games, connecting on 4,374 treys, an average of 6.2 per game. Cornell has hit at least 10 3-pointers in a game 36 times in 83 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.

NEXT UP: The Big Red continues its four-game road swing in Ivy League play by heading to Brown (Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.) and Yale (Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.).

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