Sunday, October 21, 2012

Red Tops White in Annual Red-White Game

Release from Cornell Athletics ,

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Red team jumped out to a 15-point halftime lead and cruised to a 66-58 win over the White on Saturday evening at Newman Arena. The winners shot 53 percent from the floor overall, including 63 percent in a torrid first half to give Marlon Sears' team the bragging rights win.

Devin Cherry scored 16 points and had five rebounds and Dwight Tarwater chipped in 13 points and six rebounds off the bench as the Red team's double figure scorers. Josh Figini made 4-of-5 shot from the floor for eight points, while Miles Asafo-Adjei, Eitan Chemerinski and Shonn Miller each tallied seven points apiece. Asafo-Adjei added a game-high eight assists, while Chemerinski had five boards. In all, the Red team posted a 32-24 edge on the backboards. Senior Pete McMillan had five points and three assists in the win.

The white got strong offensive efforts from Johnathan Gray (game-high 24 points) and Errick Peck (16 points, three rebounds, two assists). Only teammate Galal Cancer with eight points, four rebounds, three steals and three assists, had more than three points for white. Mike Blaine's team shot just 30 percent before halftime, but heated up after the break to shoot 14-of-28, including 6-of-12 from 3-point range.

The game served as the debuts of freshmen Nolan Cressler (two points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals), Holt Harmon (three points) and Robert Mischler. Freshman Braxston Bunce joined junior Jake Matthews on the sidelines for the game while recovering from preseason injuries.

The Big Red will continue to work toward its season opener on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 12 p.m. when it faces Western Michigan at Newman Arena.


Anonymous said...

Was at the scrimmage yesterday and came away with mixed feelings about the team this year.

Jon Gray played great. Errick Peck looked like he still needs to play himself back into game shape. He was money from downtown, though.

The team very much needs a center. I liked what I saw from Dave LaMore in limited minutes. Wish Bunce had been able to play

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Cornell did not lose any big men to graduation, so the frontcourt is not going to be any worse. It should be better with the addition of Peck, Bunce and the improvement of Lamore, Giddens, and Chemerinski.

They key for this team is the point guard play and the ability to knock down shots from the perimeter.

Don't try to take too much away from the scrimmage. It was just one scrimmage and it was intrasquad. These games are known for being sloppy at times.

Give Peck until mid December and his engine will start to really go.

Anonymous said...

nice to see strong performances by MAA and Devin Black Mamba Cherry.

Both could play big roles this season. I especially liked what I saw from Cherry in limited minutes last year...this guys got mucho confidence.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Devin and Jon Gray are pretty similar players. A lot of folks close to the program think Devin is an All Ivy guy (so do a few coaches in the league).

For unknown reasons, Devin really never got it going last year. Maybe partially due to injury and partially do to a learning curve. But expect a huge year from him this year. He can really attack the basket and score at mid range.

Again, key to this team is a point guard who doesn't try to do too much and doesn't turn the ball over. Would also be nice to get solid post production (on both ends), and we can probably get a solid post game game out of Eitan/Lamore and Bunce. Also have Figini and Giddens available if we are getting killed in fouls. Bottomline is we have lots of 6'9" and taller guys.

Frankly, there is not a team in the league with a really good post game.

Cisco is avg/decent not a star. Kenyatta will be avg/decent not a star. Penn will use a committee of decent/avg guys. Princeton's post guys are avg/decent. Yale's Kreisberg is avg/decent.

So no real stars in the paint this year. Cornell's will be avg/decent as well.

But Cornell has some real good ones (All Ivy types) at the 2, 3 and 4 with Miller, Peck, Gray and Cherry.