Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Cornell Athletics Game Notes for Yale/Brown



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Game #21: Yale at Cornell
Tip off: Friday, Feb. 10, at 7:00 p.m.
Site: Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
2011-12 Records: Yale (15-5, 5-1 Ivy League); Cornell (8-12, 3-3 Ivy League)
Series Record: Cornell leads 90-70
Last Meeting: Cornell won 68-55, March 5, 2011 in Ithaca, N.Y.

Game #22: Brown at Cornell
Tip off: Saturday, Feb. 11, at 7:00 p.m.
Site: Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
2011-12 Records: Brown (7-16, 1-5 Ivy League); Cornell (8-12, 3-3 Ivy League)
Series Record: Cornell leads 70-45
Last Meeting: Cornell won 75-66, March 4, 2011 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: check availability by calling (607) 254-BEAR

HEAD COACH BILL COURTNEY
Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his second season at Cornell (18-30, .375) ... 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 returns home to face Ivy League challenger Yale on Friday, Feb. 10 and Brown on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Newman Arena. Both games will tip off at 7 p.m. Barry Leonard and Eric Taylor will provide the call on HITS 103.3 FM and you can watch live video of both games on RedCast at www.CornellBigRed.com.

The Big Red has been playing its best basketball of the season during a seven-game run that has seen Cornell go 4-3. It gave No. 23 Harvard all it could handle for much of 30 minutes at a sold-out Lavietes Pavilion in a 71-60 loss, then controlled Dartmouth from tip-to-buzzer in a 68-59 victory for the program's first road win of the year.

Chris Wroblewski, a senior co-captain, became the school's 24th 1,000-point scorer earlier this season. He enters the weekend averaging 10.1 points, 5.2 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game and runs an offense that has six players averaging 6.6 points per game or better.

Senior Drew Ferry is posting a team-high 11.7 points and ranks in the top 15 nationally in 3-pointers made per game (3.1), while Miller is scoring 9.5 ppg. and leads the team in rebounding (6.6 rpg.) and blocked shots (1.8 bpg.). Freshman Galal Cancer is averaging 6.6 ppg., 3.0 apg., 2.8 rpg. and 1.4 spg. and ranks fourth on the team in scoring in Ivy games (7.2 ppg.). Additionally, Johnathan Gray has broken out over the team's last four games, scoring in double figures in each and averaging 13.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals.

ABOUT YALE
• 2011-12 Record: 15-5 (5-1 Ivy League).
• Head Coach: James Jones (Albany '86), 172-186, 13th season at Yale.
• At 15-5 (5-1 Ivy), Yale is solidly in second place in the Ancient Eight and has won seven of its last eight games overall, including a sweep of Penn and Princeton last weekend in New Haven, Conn.
• Ivy League Player of the Year candidate Gren Mangano is averaging 19.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game for the Bulldogs. He is making 48 percent of his field goals
• Reggie Wilhite (12.3 ppg., 5.6 rpg., 3.8 apg., 2.1 spg.) and Austin Morgan (12.0 ppg.) are also scoring in double figures.
• As a team, Yale is shooting 44 percent from the floor and is outrebounding opponents by nearly seven per game. Defensively, the Bulldogs are limiting opponents to 33 percent shooting from 3-point range.
• The dean of the Ivy League coaches, James Jones is in his 13th season at the helm of the Bulldog program. He led Yale to the 2001-02 Ivy League title and has the program in the mix for the 2010-11 crown.

THE SERIES: Cornell leads 108-102 overall in a series that dates back to the 1898-99 campaign. Cornell has had the best of the series recently, winning nine of the last 12 meetings. The Big Red's last six wins over the Bulldogs have come by an average of 20.0 points per game.

LAST TIME VS. YALE: On senior day, the junior backcourt of Drew Ferry and Chris Wroblewski made sure the Big Red's three seniors would go out with a win as Cornell knocked off Yale 68-55 at Newman Arena. Ferry scored a team-high 15 points and Wroblewski notched 11 points to go along with seven rebounds and six assists as the Big Red controlled the game throughout. Cornell outrebounded the bigger Bulldogs 38-33 and limited the visitors to 35 percent shooting overall and 13 percent from 3-point range (2-of-15). Anthony Gatlin added 10 points in just 14 minutes of action. Cornell's three seniors, Mark Coury, Aaron Osgood and Adam Wire, were honored in a pregame ceremony. Coury and Wire were in the starting lineup, while Osgood made a cameo appearance to get his name in the box score in the final minute. He had missed the previous nine contests due to a knee injury. Coury ended the night with eight points, five rebounds and three assists, while Wire notched seven points, six rebounds and two blocked shots. The Big Red played without second leading scorer Errick Peck, who missed the game due to a death in the family. Greg Mangano scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead the Bulldogs, but Yale's attack outside of the 6-10 conference player of the year candidate struggled. Austin Morgan scored 11 points, while top freshman Jeremiah Kreisberg had nine points and eight rebounds. .

ABOUT BROWN
• 2011-12 Record: 7-16 (1-5 Ivy League).
• Head Coach: Jesse Agel (Vermont '84), 38-73, fourth season at Brown.
• Brown has lost eight of its last 10 contests and 11 of its last 14 heading into Friday night's contest at Columbia.
• Three players are averaging double figures in the scoring column, with Sean McGonagill (14.5 ppg., 5.7 apg., 4.3 rpg., 1.3 spg.) leading the way. Toledo transfer Stephen Albrecht is averaging 11.0 ppg., while Andrew McCarthy is posting 10.7 ppg. to go along with 7.7 rpg. and 1.4 bpg..
• Brown is shooting 41 percent from the floor, but opponents are shooting 44 percent and 38 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. The Bears are also shooting a league-worst 63 percent from the free-throw line and are being outrebounded by -6.5.
• Fourth-year head coach Jesse Agel, a longtime assistant at Vermont and Brown, guides one of the circuits top offensive units year-in and year-out. He has posted a 38-73 career head coaching record entering the weekend.

THE SERIES: Cornell leads the series 70-45, dating back to the first meeting between the teams in the 1949-50 season. The Big Red is 13-1 in the last 14 contests against the Bears and has won 10 straight. During Cornell's 10-game win streak, it has won by an average of 16.1 points per game.

LAST TIME VS. BROWN: Sophomore Josh Figini scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds in nine minutes of action, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with under four minutes to play, as Cornell rallied for a 75-66 win over Brown at Newman Arena. Figini and Max Groebe (nine points, three rebounds and three assists) were part of a Cornell bench effort that outscored the Bears 46-21. The Big Red were outstanding defensively after halftime, limiting Brown to 31 percent shooting (9-of-29) from the floor overall and 15 percent from 3-point range (2-of-13). Chris Wroblewski had 14 points, seven assists, six rebounds and two steals, while both Drew Ferry (13 points) and Mark Coury (12 points, six rebounds) were also in double figures. Cornell dominated the backboards, outrebounding the Bears 44-31. Tucker Halpern scored a game-high 18 points, including 17 in the first half. Peter Sullivan (12 points, six rebounds) and Sean McGonagill (10 points, five assists) hit double figures as well for Brown. Andrew McCarthy came off the bench for 14 points and five rebounds.

NOTES TO KNOW
• The Big Red are an impressive 7-2 at home this season, including 2-1 in Ivy League play.
• Fourteen of the team's last 16 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 56-20 record is the best among Ivy League teams in conference action. Penn, who claimed the 2006-07 title, is second at 43-31, followed by Yale (44-32), and 2010-11 Ivy champions Harvard (42-34) and Princeton (38-36). Rounding out the field is Columbia (34-42), Brown (30-46) and Dartmouth (16-60).

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.

THE STREAKS
• Cornell is 89-51 in the last five seasons.
• The Big Red is 47-15 in its last 62 Ivy League contests over the last five years.
• Cornell is 53-11 over its last 64 home games, including 36-9 in the last four seasons and 48-10 in the last five years.
• In non-conference games, the Big Red is 42-36 over the last five seasons.

TEAM NOTES
• The Big Red has limited opponents to 27 percent shooting from beyond the 3-point arc (105-of-389), with opponents making just 5.3 per game. Only twice has a team shot better than 33 percent against Cornell.
• Eight of Cornell's last 11 opponents have shot under 40 percent from the floor (.387 over last 11 games).
• The Big Red has been outrebounded in 16 of the team's first 20 contests.
• Cornell has made at least seven 3-pointers in 14 of its first 20 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 (130-of-418) in its last 18.
• Over its last six contests, the Big Red has made just 29-of-113 from 3-point range (.257).
• Cornell has at least eight steals in seven of its last eight games.
• Cornell has already lost 104 player games due to injury (Asafo-Adjei - 12; D.Cherry - 4; Gatlin - 20; Groebe - 2; LaMore - 3; Matthews - 20; Peck - 20; Sahota - 20; Scelfo - 3).

MILLER CHALLENGING ROOKIE RECORDS: Freshman Shonn Miller has already set a freshman record for blocked shots in a season (36, good for 11th best in school history), breaking the previous record of 22 by Jeffrion Aubry during the 1995-96 campaign. Miller sits 15th on the school's freshman scoring chart with his 189 points scored. Next on the list is DeShawn Standard with 193 points and Chris Wroblewski with 207 points. To reach the top 10, Miller would need to average 7.0 ppg. over the remaining eight regular season contests. His 132 rebounds is just seven shy of Lenny Collins' school freshman record of 139 set during the 2002-03 campaign.

CORNELL HAS SIX 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.
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 five 3-pointers at Dartmouth on Feb. 4, its 647th 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 695 of 699 games, connecting on 4,350 treys, an average of 6.2 per game. Cornell has hit at least 10 3-pointers in a game 34 times in 81 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 returns to the road for two straight weekends starting with visits to Penn (Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.) and Princeton (Saturday, Feb. 18, 6 p.m.).

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