Saturday, November 24, 2012

Game Recap: Cornell 84, Longwood 78 (Las Vegas Invitational)

Cornell captured the championship of the lower division bracket of the 2012 Las Vegas Invitational.  Below, recaps from the game...

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Cornell raced out to a big lead early and held on late to win the 2012 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational lower bracket with an 84-78 win over Longwood on Saturday afternoon at Orleans Arena. The win helped the Big Red improve to 3-4 on the year, while the Lancers slipped to 1-5.

Senior Eitan Chemerinski led five Big Red double figure scorers with a career-high 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting and added six rebounds as Cornell held a 37-31 edge on the glass. Classmate Errick Peck posted his first double-double of the year with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Shonn Miller had 14 points and seven boards. Also in double figures was Nolan Cressler (12 points, four rebounds, three assists) and Devin Cherry (11 points, four rebounds, three assists). Josh Figini scored seven points in 11 minutes.

The Big Red posted a commanding 46-12 edge in bench scoring to partially overcome 20 turnovers and a decided defensive lapse, allowing 56 points in the game's final 22 minutes (22 points allowed in first 18). In the end, however, Cornell was able to grab its second straight win.

Michael Kessens had 20 points and 14 rebounds, both game highs, to lead Longwood, which shot 46 percent overall and made 9-of-22 3-pointers, including 8-of-15 after halftime. Tristan Carey and Nik Brown each scored 19 and Karl Ziegler posted 10 off the bench to round out their double figure scorers.

Cornell raced out to an 18-point lead late in the first half against Longwood, but let the Lancers back in it. Though it was always in control, Longwood was able to get back within four in the final seconds. Only six free throw makes in the final nine seconds helped Cornell avoid an even greater sweat.

It started with an early run – a run as impressive as anything it had done the day before in an 89-55 win over Presbyterian. Down 8-5 early, the Big Red kicked it into high gear with a 25-5 run over the span of 9:51 that turned a three-point deficit into a 17-point advantage. Peck dominated during that run. He hit Tarwater to a layup after a no-look pass, then took it down the lane himself for a big dunk to help Cornell regain the lead. His tip-in on the next possession and a layup after a Big Red steal continued the roll.

From there, he passed the torch to Miller. The sophomore tipped in a miss, hit a pair of free throws, followed by two 3-pointers, and all of a sudden the Big Red lead was mid double figures. Cornell went into the break leading 42-30.

The second half was a mixture of Cornell turnovers and defensive breakdowns that allowed the Lancers back in the game, though the lead only got within two possessions in the final 22 seconds. Cornell was able to salt the game away with free throws and grab a claim of the title.

Cornell returns home to face defending America East regular season champion Stony Brook on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at Newman Arena in Bartels Hall.

Box Score

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Longwood University dropped an 84-78 non-conference men's basketball decision to Cornell University of the Ivy League on Saturday afternoon in the Upper Division Championship of the 2012 Continental Tire/Las Vegas Invitational at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The Lancers (1-5), who rallied from an 18-point late-first-half deficit, were led by freshman Michael Kessens|Nyon Switzerland with a career-high and game-high 20 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, while junior Tristan Carey|Colonial Beach and freshman Nik Brown|Ashburn each had 19 points.  The Big Red (3-4) were led by Eitan Chemerinski with 19 points.  Longwood will play again on Wednesday, November 28, hosting Central Penn College at Willett Hall in Farmville beginning at 7 p.m.

Longwood led 8-5 early at 16:14 after six-straight points from Kessens and a basket by Carey.  Cornell, however, answered with a 35-14 run to take its largest lead of the game at 40-22 with just 2:01 left in the first half.  Shonn Miller sparked the Big Red with 10 points during the outburst.  The Lancers, though, closed the half with an 8-2 run behind four points each from Kessens and Brown to trail 42-30 at the intermission.

Longwood scored the first five points of the second half, including the first of five second-half three-point field goals by Carey, to pull within42-35 at 18:42.  It was 54-46 Cornell with 11:23 left after a three-pointer from Brown, but the Big Red responded this time with a 16-9 run to lead 70-55 at 5:12, making four three-pointers in five possessions.  The Lancers, however, refused to quit and battled back once-again with a 23-14 run over the final 4:35.  Carey made three three-pointers down the stretch, and Brown also made two late three-pointers.

Kessens led Longwood with his career-high and game-high 20 points, adding a game-high 14 rebounds for his fourth double-double this season.  Carey (5-9 3FGs) and Brown (4-8 3FGs) each added 19 points for the Lancers.  Freshman Karl Ziegler|Annandale finished with a career-high 10 points off the bench.  LU shot 46.2% (30-65) from the field, including 40.9% (9-22) on three-pointers, and 56.3% (9-16) at the free throw line.

Carey was named to the 2012 Continental Tire/Las Vegas Invitational All-Tournament Team for his efforts in the four games this past week.  He averaged 18.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists, adding nine steals and three blocks.  Carey shot 50% (28-56) from the field against the likes of Arkansas, No. 12 Creighton, Florida A&M and Cornell, including 53% (16-30) on three-point field goals.  He made an even more impressive 12-18 (67%) three-pointers during the two games at the Orleans Arena.

Chemerinski led Cornell with his 19 points.  Miller and Errick Peck each had 14 points for the Big Red, with Peck adding 10 rebounds for a double-double.  Nolan Cressler added 12 points, and Devin Cherry finished with 11 points.  CU shot 53.4% (31-58) from the field, including 38.9% (7-18) on three-pointers, and 83.3% (15-18) at the line for the difference in the game.

Longwood and Cornell were playing for the first time in the sport of men's basketball.


Anonymous said...

A balanced scoring attack (five players in double figures) and 83% from the free throw line will win you a lot of games. If the team can take better care of the ball, they'll be a significant threat come league play.

CBB - any chance Cressler earns another rookie of the week honor?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Cressler had a terrific week, but Grant Mullins of Columnia and Justin Sears of Yale did as well.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Cressler had a terrific week, but Grant Mullins of Columnia and Justin Sears of Yale did as well.

Anonymous said...

Way to go Big Red! 83% FT is good/great, and we know better is possible. Teamwork is the key! What is the story on Mischler, Bunce, Matthews, and Jamal Cherry?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Bunce/Matthews injured.

Anonymous said...

Nice wins, especially for team confidence going forward. Keep building and get ready for two tough but winnable games at home this week.

Anonymous said...

What's the story on LaMore Is he healthy?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Here is the deal with the big men.

Eitan is Bill's choice as the #1 guy (based on minutes played). Eitan is a senior. He gives you the post game and hard defense.

Josh won the battle for the #2 spot. Could Bill change his mind at some point? Yes. But Bill thinks Josh is the next best package of defense and ability to score. Josh is a senior.

The #3 spot is Lamore. Dave is a soph and should eventually inherit the starting role. He is healthy. Only Bill knows why, but he seems to believe that Josh has the edge over Dave. But as we all know, a lot can happen between now and January 15.

#4 in depth may be the frosh. Bunce is on the final stages of his rehab. The hope is he is back by the end of exams. December was his timetable return. Since Bill has not had a chance to evaluate him in contact situations, it is hard to know where he fits in. But at 6'11" 250--- he's the biggest target on the team. And this is a guy with EARLY (not late, but early) offers from Wazzu, Marquette, Va Tech, Nevada, Utah St, Hawaii, New Mex St. etc. These teams obviously thought he could help them. Hard to know if Bunce can help much this season. He's already falling behind in experience (which is not his fault).

Giddens is either #4 or #5 on the depth chart depending on Bunce. They think he is game ready defensively. But his offense is limited at this point. If he can't dunk it, he is forced to pass. He can be a key play next season, but they knew he was a developing big when they took him. Athleticim is off the charts--- very similar situation to Harvard's Mike Hall.

Anonymous said...

Think u have it right on the bigs.. What about the guards???? Cherry seems to b playing at a higher level than both Gray and Miles. Could Cherry b moved into starting lineup?? Think we could have better starts to games and won't have to dig ourselves out of holes we get into early in games...