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Game #9: Colgate at Cornell
Tip off: Saturday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m.
Site: Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
2012-13 Records: Colgate (3-4, 0-0 Patriot); Cornell (3-5, 0-0 Ivy)
Series Record: Cornell leads 70-53
Last Meeting: Colgate won 76-73 (Dec. 1, 2007 in Ithaca, N.Y.)
Radio: HITS 103.3 FM (Barry Leonard, Eric Taylor)
Live Stats: available at www.CornellBigRed.com
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Tickets: check availability by calling (607) 254-BEAR
HEAD COACH BILL COURTNEY
Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his third season at Cornell (25-39, .391; 13-15 Ivy, .464) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher '44 Coach of Men's Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.
STORY LINES: The Cornell men's basketball team will close out the fall semester and attempt to head into final exams on a positive note when it plays host to Central New York rival Colgate on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at Newman Arena. Both teams will look to bounce back from losses to 2012-13 postseason squads in the first meeting between the two programs separated by just 54 miles since 2007.
The road-weary Big Red ran into a buzz-saw in defending America East regular season champion Stony Brook in Wednesday's 76-53 loss. The Sea Wolves shot a season-best .537 from the floor, becoming the first non-conference opponent to shoot 50 percent or better against the Big Red in more than a year. Stony Brook dominated the glass (38-20) and gradually pulled away from the home team after an even first 10 minutes of play. Cornell struggled on the offensive end as well, shooting just 35 percent and turning the ball over 17 times in the loss.
At 3-5, Cornell had been playing its best basketball of the season prior to the Stony Brook game, shooting .552 (64-of-116) in a pair of neutral site wins over Presbyterian and Longwood to capture the 2012 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational Upper Division title. The Big Red offense had averaged 86.5 points in its previous two games. Now it must fix a defense that had been playing at a high level over the team's first seven games, ranking among the national leaders in defending against the 3-point shot (.307, 5.9 per game) while surrendering just 67.6 points per outing.
Cornell doesn't feature a double figure scorer, though eight players are averaging 4.8 ppg. or better. With its top three scorers freshmen or sophomores, the Big Red has gone through some understandable growing pains on the offensive end, but players like reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year Shonn Miller (8.8 ppg., 6.6 rpg., 2.0 spg., 1.6 bpg.), sophomore classmates Galal Cancer (5.9 ppg., 2.6 rpg., 2.8 apg.) and Devin Cherry (9.0 ppg., 2.9 rpg.) and freshman Nolan Cressler (9.8 ppg., 3.4 rpg.) join seniors Errick Peck(6.6 ppg., 4.5 rpg.), Josh Figini (4.8 ppg.), Johnathan Gray (7.0 ppg., 2.4 rpg.) and Eitan Chemerinski (7.8 ppg., 3.9 rpg.) in forming a solid nucleus.
A WIN OVER COLGATE WOULD:
• make the Big Red to 4-5 on the season and 2-3 at Newman Arena.
• make the Big Red 71-53 all-time against the Raiders.
• improve Cornell's record to 138-115 all-time vs. Patriot League opponents.
• be the 1,200th in program history (1,199-1,313 in 114 seasons).
ABOUT COLGATE: Second-year head coach Matt Langel's team is 3-4 overall after dropping an 87-51 contest at No. 6/5 Syracuse on Nov. 25. The Raiders have won three of its last five games after opening the season with consecutive losses to Illinois and Marquette. Two Raiders are averaging double figures, with Murphy Buratowski (16.1 ppg.) and Pat Moore (16.0 ppg.) combining to hit 41-of-83 (.494) from 3-point range for a Colgate team hitting of 44 percent of its efforts. Burnatowski is also averaging 6.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks per contest. Brandon James is averaging 8.9 points and 5.7 rebounds. Colgate has allowed opponents to shoot a healthy 44 percent from the floor and has allowed 78.1 points per game.
THE CORNELL-COLGATE SERIES: The Big Red leads the all-time series 70-53 dating back to the first meeting in the 1901-02 campaign. Cornell won 16 straight contests between 1961-69 and 11 more in a row from 1981-91. The Raiders have the best of the recent series, winning five of the last seven meetings. It will be the first meeting between the teams since the 2007-08 season, a 76-73 win by the Raiders at Newman Arena.
CORNELL VS. THE PATRIOT LEAGUE: Cornell is 137-115 all-time against current members of the Patriot League, including 70-53 vs. Colgate. The Big Red has also played American (0-1), Army (20-13), Bucknell (23-24), Holy Cross (2-3), Lafayette (7-11), Lehigh (13-9) and Navy (2-1).
• Cornell is 96-60 (.615) in the last five seasons.
• The Big Red is 51-19 (.729) in its last 70 Ivy League contests over the last six years.
• Cornell is 57-15 (.792) over its last 72 home games, including 52-14 (.788) in the last six years.
• In non-conference games, the Big Red is 45-41 (.523) over the last five seasons.
• Over its previous two games, Cornell averaged 86.5 points on .552 shooting (64-of-116) from the field and .409 from 3-point range (18-of-44). In its first five games of the season, the Big Red averaged 57.6 points on .355 shooting overall and .298 from 3-point range.
• The Big Red dropped a 23-point contest to Stony Brook on Wednesday, its largest margin of defeat for the Big Red at home in three seasons under head coach Bill Courtney. Its previous biggest loss was a 13-point defeat to Harvard (73-60) in 2011.
• Of the Big Red's last 14 home losses, eight have come by four points or less (dating back to 2007).
• The Big Red doesn't have an individual player
• Cornell's 34-point margin of victory in the 89-55 victory over Presbyterian was the largest in a game under head coach Bill Courtney and the largest by a Big Red team since topping Harvard 86-50 on Jan. 30, 2010.
• The Big Red's .569 field goal percentage in the win over Presbyterian is the second-highest under head coach Bill Courtney, behind only a torrid .638 against Wofford (30-of-47) on Dec. 30, 2010.
• Cornell's bench has outscored the opposing bench in each of the team's eight games this year.
• Opponents have been under 30 percent shooting from 3-point range in five of Cornell's eight games this season.
• Cornell has had five players in double figures in two of its last three contests.
• Eight different players have reached double figures in scoring at least once in the team's first eight games.
• Over the last two seasons, Big Red non-conference opponents have hit just 119 3-pointers in 22 games (5.4 per game) on .282 shooting (119-of-422). Only three times in 21 games has a team shot better than 33 percent from beyond the arc. That trend continued so far this season, as Cornell opponents have made just 47 3-pointers (5.9 per game) on .307 shooting (47-of-153).
• Cornell's 3-point season totals in the last five years represent the top five single-season marks in school history. The Big Red's 217 3-pointers a year ago ranks fifth on the chart. Prior to 2007-08, when the run began, Cornell had made more than 200 treys in a season just once.
• The Big Red has reached double figures in victories in nine consecutive years, the most since hitting that mark 10 consecutive times from 1981-82 through 1990-91. The school record is 12 straight years beginning in 1944-45 and stretching through the 1955-56 season.
• Cornell lost 141 player games due to injury in 2011-12 (Asafo-Adjei - 15; D.Cherry - 4; Gatlin - 26; Groebe - 6; LaMore - 3; Matthews - 28; Peck - 28; Sahota - 28; Scelfo - 3).
• In the last seven games, sophomore Devin Cherry has posted 72 points (10.3 ppg.) after scoring a total of 40 points in the 2011-12 campaign, spanning 22 games played.
• Cherry has posted five double figure scoring efforts in his last seven games, all off the bench. He entered the year with just one double figure game.
• With his 9-of-12 shooting effort against Longwood, senior Eitan Chemerinski jumped into first place on the school's career field goal percentage list. He surpassed the 100 field goals needed to join the list and is now at .608, ahead of all-time leader John McCord (.583).
• In his last four games, freshman Nolan Cressler has averaged 10.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists while hitting 9-of-21 3-pointers. In his three starts (Cornell 2-1), he is averaging 11.7 ppg., 3.7 rpg., 2.3 apg. in just 23.7 minutes.
• Cressler has made 17 3-pointers in eight games this season. He has hit multiple 3-pointers in six contests (17-of-32, .531) and has been shut out in two others (0-for-3, .000).
• Sophomore Shonn Miller has three or more steals in four games this year. He has blocked two or more shots in three contests.
• Over his last three games, Miller is averaging 12.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting 62 percent from the field (13-of-21), 60 percent from 3-point range (3-of-5) and 89 percent from the free-throw line (8-of-9).
• Senior Johnathan Gray has connected on 59 career 3-pointers and has moved into the top 20 all-time at Cornell.
• Gray made 5-of-6 3-pointers (.833) in the Big Red's loss to Stony Brook, a mark that ranks tied for 17th in a single game at Cornell for 3-point percentage.
NEXT UP: Cornell will take a 16-day break for finals before beginning a five-game road swing that begins with a contest at Vanderbilt on Monday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. CT. Cornell returns home for the next time on Wednesday, Jan. 2 when it plays host to Bucknell at 7 p.m. in Newman Arena.