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Game #14: Cornell at Binghamton
Tip off: Sunday, Dec. 30, at 2 p.m.
Site: Events Center (5,142), Vestal, N.Y.
2012-13 Records: Cornell (5-8, 0-0 Ivy); Binghamton (2-10, 0-0 America East)
Series Record: Cornell leads 5-2
Last Meeting: Cornell won 76-61 (Nov. 14, 2011 in Ithaca, N.Y.)

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Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his third season at Cornell (27-42, .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 look to have a little early New Year's celebration when it visits Binghamton on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. at the Events Center in Vestal, N.Y. The Big Red will be out to end the 2012 portion of its schedule with consecutive road wins while building some momentum heading into January's opening of Ivy League play. The game will be televised throughout New York on Time Warner Cable Sports.

Cornell brings a 5-8 record into the contest after a 79-67 win at Saint Francis (Pa.) on Friday evening to snap a three-game skid that included losses at No. 1 Duke and 2012 NCAA tournament squad Vanderbilt, as well as America East contender Boston University. Despite flashes of good basketball in all three of its losses, the Big Red finally put an extended stretch of good basketball against the Red Flash. Cornell assisted on 19 baskets, limited Saint Francis (Pa.) to 41 percent shooting while turning them over 19 times, and was able to use it pressure defense to speed up the game.

The Big Red has been solid on the defensive end all season, but Cornell has been most dangerous when it has gotten itself easy shots from the defense. In Cornell's five wins it has scored 77.0 points per game on 48 percent shooting. In its losses - 54.6 points on 35 percent shooting. It also has a positive assist-turnover ratio and has limited opponents to 39 percent shooting. That has always been the case with head coach Bill Courtney's teams at Cornell. The defense has been a constant - and when the offense is clicking, Cornell is tough to beat. It is now 19-2 when scoring 70 or more points under his tenure.

Cornell has been tremendously balanced on the offensive end, with no player averaging in double figures, yet six players score more than seven points per game. Leading the way is sophomore Shonn Miller, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Miller leads the Big Red in scoring (9.8 ppg.) and ranks second in the league in rebounding (8.0 rpg.) and blocks (1.7 bpg.) and is fourth in steals (1.8 spg.). Senior Errick Peck has picked up the pace and is second on the team in scoring (8.2 ppg.) and rebounding (4.8 rpg.), upping those numbers to 16.5 ppg. and 6.0 rpg. in his last two. Sophomore Devin Cherry (7.8 ppg.), seniors Eitan Chemerinski (7.8 ppg.) and Johnathan Gray (7.6 ppg.) and freshman Nolan Cressler (7.2 ppg.) aren't far behind in the Big Red's 10-man rotation. Stalwart senior defender Miles Asafo-Adjei leads the team in assists (2.9), while sophomore Galal Cancer has flashed a strong all-court game (5.3 ppg., 2.8 rpg., 2.5 apg.).

• make the Big Red to 6-8 on the season.
• extend Cornell's lead in the all-time series with the Bearcats to 6-2.
• make Cornell 20-23 all-time against America East squads and even Bill Courtney's record against the conference at 6-6.
• be the 1,202nd in program history (1,201-1,316 in 114 seasons).

The Bearcats dropped their sixth straight game on Friday evening at Colgate (74-47) to fall to 2-10 on the year. Despite the loss, freshman Jordan Reed continued to be the story for Binghamton with 10 points and 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the year. The rookie is now among the national freshman leaders in scoring (16.7 ppg.) and rebounding (9.9 rpg.) as the team's lone double figure scorer. Both Jimmy Gray (9.8 ppg., 4.2 apg., 3.6 rpg., 1.5 spg.) and Roland Brown (8.4 ppg., 5.3 rpg.) are nearing double figures as well. Binghamton has struggled offensively, scoring just 57.6 points on .379 shooting overall, including .283 from beyond the 3-point arc. First-year head coach Tommy Dempsey inherits four starters and nine letter winners from last season's 2-29 squad.

Cornell leads the all-time series 5-2, including a 76-61 Big Red victory in Ithaca last season. The two teams have played each game since 1988, with Cornell winning its five games against the Bearcats by an average of more than 23 points per game.

Cornell is 19-23 all-time against current members of the America East, including 5-2 against Binghamton. The Big Red has also faced Albany (2-3), Binghamton (5-2), Boston University (2-2), Hartford (0-3), Maine (0-1), New Hampshire (1-3), Stony Brook (4-3) and Vermont (5-6), while never having played UMBC.

• Cornell is 99-63 (.611) in the last six seasons.
• The Big Red is 51-19 (.729) in its last 70 Ivy League contests over the last six years.
• Cornell is 58-15 (.795) over its last 72 home games, including 53-14 (.791) in the last six years.
• In non-conference games, the Big Red is 47-44 (.516) over the last six seasons vs. scholarship programs.

• Cornell's bench has outscored the opposing bench in 12 of the team's 13 games this year. It has more than doubled up the opponent in bench scoring in nine of those games.
• For the year, the Big Red bench has outscored its opponents 415-191 so far this year (an average of 31.9-14.7), including 35-14 vs. Western Michigan, 47-8 vs. Presbyterian, 46-12 vs. Longwood, 29-2 vs. Vanderbilt, 48-24 vs. Boston University and 32-13 vs. Saint Francis (Pa.).
• Only one player is averaging better than 22 minutes per game. Shonn Miller is playing 28.9 minutes every night, and second on the team are seniors Miles Asafo-Adjei and Eitan Chemerinski at 21.8 mpg.
• In its last four wins, Cornell has averaged 80.5 ppg., while shooting 50 percent from the floor (119-of-238) and has outrebounded teams by 6.5 per game (37.8-31.3).
• The Big Red has held a rebounding edge over its opponent in seven of the last nine games and has allowed just 19 offensive rebounds in the last four games (4.8 per game).
• Cornell has turned the ball over 19 times or more four times this season, but also has three games where it has turned the ball over nine times or less.
• Nine different players have reached double figures in scoring at least once in the team's first 13 games.
• 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.

Shonn Miller has three or more steals in six games this year and has blocked two or more shots in five contests.
• Miller is averaging 10.2 rebounds per game in his last five outings with at least one block in each of those games.
• In Cornell's four wins this season, senior Errick Peck has averaged 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the floor. In its eight losses, Peck is averaging 5.4 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 38 percent from the field.
• Peck is averaging 16.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in his last two games.
• Sophomore Galal Cancer is averaging 6.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals while posting a 4:1 assist-turnover ratio in his last two games.
• Freshman Nolan Cressler has made 17 3-pointers in 13 games this season. He has hit multiple 3-pointers in six contests (17-of-32, .531) and has been shut out in seven others (0-for-15, .000).
• 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 .630, ahead of all-time leader John McCord (.583).
• In his last eight games, Chemerinski is averaging 10.3 points on .738 shooting (31-of-42). He has averaged 24.0 minutes per game in those contests.
• In the last 12 games, sophomore Devin Cherry has posted 102 points (8.5 ppg.) after scoring a total of 40 points in the 2011-12 campaign, spanning 22 games played.
• After opening the year 2-of-20 from 3-point range in the first five games, senior Johnathan Gray then went 12-of-19 over the next four games (.632). After a 1-of-19 stretch (.053), he made 4-of-7 against Saint Francis (Pa.) in the first game following the Christmas break.

The Big Red returns home to square off with defending Patriot League regular season champion Bucknell on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. at Newman Arena.

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