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DATE & TIME: Friday, November 16, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Newman Arena (4,473) -- Ithaca, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Saint Peter's 1-0, Cornell 1-1. Away Record: Saint Peter's 1-0, Cornell 0-0. Neutral Record: Saint Peter's 0-0, Cornell 0-0. Conference Record: Saint Peter's 0-0, Cornell 0-0.
GAME NOTES: The Saint Peter's Peacocks will try to stay perfect on the young season, as they take on the Cornell Big Red on Friday night at Newman Arena in Ithaca, New York.
Saint Peter's, which plays its basketball out of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, is 2-0 after logging narrow wins over Rutgers (56-52) and Central Connecticut State (64-61). The Peacocks are kicking off a three-game road trip with this contest, and then they'll play six straight at home, which includes their MAAC opener versus Iona on Dec. 5.
Cornell is 1-1 here in the early part of the 2012-13 campaign, topping Western Michigan (63-55) in the opener before falling to St. Bonaventure (72-68) four days later. This bout marks the third straight at home for the Big Red, which will play its next four on the road, starting with Sunday's visit to Big Ten Conference foe Wisconsin. Cornell opens Ivy League play at home against Columbia on Jan. 19, 2013.
Desi Washington poured in 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Saint Peter's to its recent win over Central Connecticut State. Yvon Raymond added 16 points and seven boards as well for the Peacocks, who shot 48.2 percent from the field, which included a 4-of-7 showing from three-point land. CCSU managed just a 38.2 percent shooting effort, and it missed 14 of its 18 long- range tries. Both teams were rather careless with the basketball, combining for 36 turnovers, but a 39-27 edge in rebounding helped pave the way for SP to pick up its second win in as many games this season. Washington scored 18 points in the season opener against Rutgers.
Errick Peck came off the bench to score 17 points, serving as one of four double-digit scorers for Cornell, but the Big Red still wound up on the losing end a 72-68 final against St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night. Devin Cherry added 14 points in 19 minutes of action, while starters Johnathan Gray and Galal Cancer chipped in 11 points apiece for a Cornell team that shot just 40.4 percent from the field and committed 14 turnovers. Nolan Cressler led the Big Red in the season-opening win over Western Michigan, netting 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while Cancer and Peck tallied 10 points apiece. Cornell shot an identical 40.4 percent in that contest as well.
Cornell hasn't shown much in the way of consistency just yet, while Saint Peter's has demonstrated a little more cohesiveness. Expect the Big Red to pick up their share of wins this year, but for the Peacocks to strut their stuff tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Saint Peter's 66, Cornell 62