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GAME INFORMATION
Game #12: Cornell at Boston University
Tip off: Saturday, Dec. 22, at 1 p.m.
Site: Case Gymnasium, Boston, Mass.
2012-13 Records: Cornell (4-7, 0-0 Ivy); Boston University (4-6*, 0-0 America East)
Series Record: Cornell leads 2-1
Last Meeting: Cornell won 71-66 on Nov. 20, 2011

Radio: HITS 103.3 FM (Barry Leonard)
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HEAD COACH BILL COURTNEY
Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his third season at Cornell (26-39, .400; 13-15 Ivy, .464) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher '44 Coach of Men's Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.

STORYLINES: The Cornell men's basketball game, away from Ithaca since Sunday morning, concludes a weeklong road trip with a contest at Boston University on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Big Red will look to break a two-game losing streak after suffering defeats in the first two contests of this road trip.

On Monday evening, Cornell took to the central time zone where it could not complete a comeback at Vanderbilt after falling behind by as much as 19 points in the first half. Getting as close as two points, the Big Red was unable to get a tying basket in the second half and eventually fell 66-55.

Wednesday night saw even stiffer competition as Cornell visited the nation's No. 1 team in Duke. In front of a rowdy Cameron Indoor Stadium crowd, Cornell kept things close for the first 15 minutes. But the Blue Devils used a very strong start to the second half to pull away, eventually remaining undefeated at 10-0 thanks to an 88-47 victory.

Cornell, at 4-7 on the season, no longer has any major conference schools on its schedule and will play six more out-of-conference games before beginning Ivy League play on Jan. 19 in Newman Arena against Columbia. Boston University, St. Francis (Pa.) and Binghamton all remain before the new year and all three of those games are on the road. The Big Red does not play at home until a Jan. 2 game against Bucknell.

Before its last two contests, the Big Red had won three of its previous four games. Cornell claimed the championship of the 2012 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational Upper Division and also knocked off Colgate on Dec. 1 at home. In those wins, Cornell averaged 81.0 points while shooting 49.7 percent from the floor. The Big Red has five players averaging more than seven points per game, including defending Ivy League Rookie of the Year Shonn Miller (10.6 ppg), who is also leading the team in rebounds (8.0 rpg). Also over seven points per game this year are Nolan Cressler (8.1 ppg), Eitan Chemerinski (7.7 ppg), Devin Cherry (7.6 pgg) and Johnathan Gray (7.1 ppg).

A WIN OVER BOSTON UNIVERSITY WOULD: 
• make the Big Red to 5-7 on the season.
• give Cornell a 3-1 lead in the all-time series against the Terriers.
• be the 1,201st in program history (1,200-1,315 in 114 seasons).
• be the team's 20th victory against current America East teams.

ABOUT BOSTON UNIVERSITY: The Terriers bring a 4-6 record into Saturday's contest and have not played since a 69-62 overtime victory against Boston University. In that game, freshman John Papale hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 5.4 seconds remaining in regulation. From there, the Terriers outscored the Bobcats 17-10 in the five-minute overtime, earning its fourth win in five games. Boston University, which began the year on an 0-5 streak, had five players score in double figures in the Quinnipiac game. The Terriers are led on offense by D.J. Irving (14.6 ppg), Dom Morris (11.2 ppg) and Maurice Watson Jr. (10.4 ppg). Morris also leads the team with 6.7 rebounds per game. Watson Jr. has a team-high 47 assists.

THE CORNELL-BOSTON UNIVERSITY SERIES: Cornell took a 2-1 lead in the all-time series with last season's 71-66 victory at Newman Arena. The Terriers tallied a 66-61 victory in Boston en route to an NCAA tournament bid in 2010-11. Cornell won the first-ever meeting between the squads with an 89-59 triumph in Ithaca during the 2008-09 campaign, with the Big Red securing its second of three straight Ivy titles that season.

CORNELL VS. THE AMERICA EAST: Cornell is 19-22 all-time against current members of the America East. The Big Red is 2-1 against Boston University and has also faced Albany (2-3), Binghamton (5-2), Hartford (0-3), Maine (0-1), New Hampshire (1-3), Stony Brook (4-3) and Vermont (5-6). Cornell has never played UMBC.

THE STREAKS
• Cornell is 98-62 (.613) 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 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 46-43 (.523) over the last five seasons.

TALL IVY: Dating back to the 2004-05 season (nine years), Cornell's 76-36 record is the best among Ivy League teams in conference action. Penn is second at 75-37, followed by Princeton and Yale, each tied at 62-50. Rounding out the field is Harvard (50-52), Columbia (43-69), Brown (42-70) and Dartmouth (28-84). Going back to the 2006-07 campaign, the Big Red is a full 10 games better than anyone else in the league with its 60-24 mark. Penn is second (50-34), followed by Yale and Harvard (48-36), Princeton (46-38), Columbia (36-48), Brown (31-53) and Dartmouth (17-67).

TEAM NOTES:
• Cornell's bench has outscored the opposing bench in 10 of the team's 11 games this year.
• Opponents have been under 30 percent shooting from 3-point range in six of Cornell's 11 games this season.
• Eight different players have reached double figures in scoring at least once in the team's first 11 games.f
• Over the last two seasons, Big Red non-conference opponents have hit just 144 3-pointers in 25 games (5.8 per game) on .289 shooting (144-of-498). Only four times in 25 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 72 3-pointers (6.5 per game) on .323 shooting (72-of-223).
• 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 dropped a 23-point contest to Stony Brook on Nov. 28, 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.
• The Big Red lost by 41 at No. 1 Duke on Friday, dropping the team to 0-4 lifetime against the nation's top team. The margin of defeat was Cornell's biggest since it lost by 40 at Penn on Jan. 13, 2006.
• 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 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. 

INDIVIDUAL NOTES:
• Cornell is 3-3 since moving Josh Figini and Nolan Cressler into the starting lineup four games ago.
• Over his last seven games, sophomore Shonn Miller is averaging 12.4 points and 9.1 rebounds while shooting .545 in those games from the field.
• Miller has three or more steals in five games this year and has blocked two or more shots in five contests.
• In Cornell's four wins this season, senior Errick Peck has averaged 10.5 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 47 percent from the floor. In its five losses, Peck is averaging 5.0 points and 3.8 assists while shooting 33 percent from the field.
• Freshman Nolan Cressler has made 17 3-pointers in 11 games this season. He has hit multiple 3-pointers in six contests (17-of-32, .531) and has been shut out in five 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 .626, ahead of all-time leader John McCord (.583).
• In his last six contests, Chemerinski is averaging 11.0 points on 26-of-35 shooting (.743).
• In the last 10 games, sophomore Devin Cherry has posted 84 points (8.4 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) before missing his final seven shots from beyond the arc against Colgate.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES:
• Senior Johnathan Gray was a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands national team this summer, competing in the 2012 FIBA Centrobasket Championship from June 18-24 in Puerto Rico. He averaged 8.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists while hitting 10-of-21 3-pointers (.476) from the international 3-point line to rank fourth on the team in scoring. The Virgin Islands team went 1-3 with a win over Costa Rica (92-64) behind Gray's 12 points and five assists.
• Gray is a former walk-on who served as team manager during the 2009-10 Sweet 16 season until midseason, when he joined the varsity roster during Christmas break.
• Junior forward Dwight Tarwater's brother, Davis, earned a gold medal in the 4x200 meter freestyle relay at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London, England. Dwight was there to see his brother, a three-time NCAA champion and 13-time All-American swimmer at Michigan. At the Olympics, Tarwater swam the third leg of the preliminary round of the 4x200. His time of 1:46.33 was a personal best, and the second fastest leg for Team USA, which turned in the fastest preliminary swim. His leg was the third fastest among all 64 swimmers in the prelims.
• Freshman center Braxston Bunce earned his second straight appearance on Team Canada's Under-18 national team this past summer, competing at the 2012 FIBA Americas Championship from June 16-20 in Brazil. Canada went 4-1, with Bunce averaging 1.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in two contests,
• Men's basketball was one of 11 Cornell teams honored by the NCAA in its annual Division I Academic Progress Report (APR). The APR measures semester-by-semester records for every individual team in Division I with regard to each team members' continuing eligibility, retention and progress toward graduation. The NCAA “commends” teams that have APR scores in the top 10 percent within their sport, with the minimum necessary score ranging from 975 to a perfect mark of 1000 depending on the range of team scores within that sport.
• As a team, Cornell sports a 3.2 cumulative grade point average.
• Senior Eitan Chemerinski (Applied Economics and Management) has been a member of the 400 Club, joining an exclusive group of Cornell student-athletes to post a grade point average of 4.0 or better.
• Junior guard Jamal Cherry traveled to Ghana, West Africa this past summer to work at the country's main power generator and supplier of electricity, the Volta River Authority (VRA). As a VRA intern, he was exposed to various processes of renewable energy and worked on using biogas as a sustainable energy source that turns solid waste into energy. During his time in Ghana, Cherry conducted free basketball clinics for the local youth at the VRA's Community Center in Akuse, a small town that is the site of one of the VRA's hydroelectric dams.
• Chemerinski solved the Rubik's Cube in 2 minutes and 43 seconds during a road trip in 2009-10, a video that went viral on YouTube. Chemerinski speaks five languages, including Mandarin.
• Cornell has had four Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in the last 10 years, including a first-teamer in Graham Dow '07, who was a Rhodes Scholar candidate.
• Recent Cornell graduates have attended Harvard Law (Lenny Collins '06), Cornell medical school (Ugo Ihekweazu '07), Georgetown medical school (David Lisle '06) and Stanford graduate school (Graham Dow '07, biology).
• Cornell has been represented on the five member All-Ivy first team four times in the last five years, with three of those years placing multiple players on the first team.
• The Big Red has had four Ivy League Rookie of the Year selections in the last 10 years, including Shonn Miller in 2011-12.
• Over the last three seasons, Cornell has graduated three of the school's top 13 scorers, the top two assist-makers all-time, two Ivy League Players of the Year, two Associated Press honorable mention All-Americans, an Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American, three Academic All-Ivy picks and six players who competed in more than 100 career games.

NBA SCHEDULE: Cornell had a string of six games in 11 days, covering four states (New York, Wisconsin, Arizona and Nevada) and all four continental U.S. time zones (Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific) from Nov. 14-24 . Cornell opened on Nov. 14 against St. Bonaventure at home (72-68 loss) and two days later lost to Saint Peter's (68-64). The Big Red hopped a plane on Saturday to play at Wisconsin (L, 73-40), then off to Arizona State for a Tuesday game (L, 64-53). Cornell closed the trip in Las Vegas, beating Presbyterian (89-55) and Longwood (84-78) on consecutive days. All told, Cornell traveled 4,400 miles to play its six games.

CROSS OFF ANOTHER STATE: Cornell's schedule in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational has allowed the Big Red men's basketball team to cross off two states on its list of states the team has played in. Cornell's game at Arizona State was the first-ever contest in Arizona, and its two games at Orleans Arena will cross off Nevada. They are the 44th and 45th states the Big Red has played in. After the 2012-13 campaign, Alaska, North Dakota, Mississippi, Texas and Wyoming will have never hosted a game involving Cornell. Over the years, the Big Red has also played games in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Australia and France.

CORNELL IN OVERTIME: Cornell went 3-1 in overtime in 2011-12, moving head coach Bill Courtney's record to 4-1 in overtime games during his three seasons. All-time, dating back to the first overtime game against Penn way back in 1922, Cornell is 38-45 in games that go an extra period. Cornell is 5-9 in multiple overtime games, with the longest game for the Big Red being a five overtime contest against Princeton, won by the Tigers 66-61 on Feb. 24, 1979 at Barton Hall. Cornell is 29-15 in home overtime games, 2-2 in neutral contests and 8-27 in road games.

CORNELL BEYOND THE ARC — 600 AND COUNTING: The Big Red hit six 3-pointers vs. Colgate on Dec. 1, its 664th consecutive game with a made trey. With five 3-pointers at Seton Hall on Nov. 14, 2010, Cornell extended its streak of games with at least one 3-pointer to 600. The last time Cornell did not hit a 3-pointer was against Denison in the 1988-89 season opener (0-for-2). Since the 3-point shot came into effect in NCAA play during the 1986-87 season, Cornell has hit at least one shot behind the arc in 712 of 716 games, connecting on 4,480 treys, an average of 6.3 per game. Cornell has hit at least 10 3-pointers in a game 38 times in 98 games over the last four years, including an Ivy League single-game record 20 at Brown in 2009-10.

STATING THE STATES: Members of the Cornell basketball team represent 15 states and one Canadian province.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: The Big Red will play 15 games against teams that participated in the postseason a year ago, including six contests against squads that competed in the NCAA tournament. Road games at Duke (preseason No. 8, NCAA second round), Wisconsin (preseason No. 23, 2012 NCAA Sweet 16 participant), Vanderbilt (2012 Southeastern Conference Tournament champ) and American (2012 CIT participant) and home games against St. Bonaventure (2012 Atlantic 10 Tournament champion), Stony Brook (2012 America East regular season champion) and Bucknell (2012 Patriot League regular season champ) will test the Big Red in the non-conference. In addition, four out of Cornell's seven Ivy League foes (Harvard - NCAA, Princeton and Penn - CBI, and Yale - CIT) won at least 19 games a year ago and made the postseason.

CORNELL FOURTH IN IVY PRESEASON POLL: The Cornell men's basketball team was picked to finish fourth in the 2012 Ivy League Preseason media poll. Princeton, last year's league runner-up, was the near-unanimous preseason favorite, picking up 16 of the 17 first-place votes and 134 points total. Defending league champion Harvard picked up the lone remaining first place vote and was second with 109 points, while Columbia was selected third with 90 points. The Big Red rounded out the top half with 80 points. Rounding out the field was Penn in fifth (74 points), Yale in sixth (55 points), Brown in seventh (50 points) and Dartmouth in eighth (20 points). Two media members from each school and one national representative voted in the poll.

FINAL FOUR KILLERS: Over the years, Cornell has defeated some of the most storied and well-known programs in NCAA history, including 34 programs that have reached the Final Four. (Arkansas, California, Cincinnati, CCNY, Connecticut, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Holy Cross, Illinois, Kentucky, La Salle, Loyola-Chicago, Massachusetts, Michigan State, Minnesota, New York Univ., Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Princeton, Rutgers, St. Bonaventure, St. John's, Saint Joseph's, Stanford, Syracuse, Temple, Villanova, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Western Kentucky, Wisconsin).

HOW TO FOLLOW CORNELL: There are numerous way to follow the Big Red in 2012-13.
• Men's basketball games will be broadcast on HITS 103.3 FM for the 2012-13 season. Longtime voice of the Big Red Barry Leonard returns on the call with the play-by-play, while former All-Ivy center Eric Taylor'05 is on board to do color analysis. A half-hour pregame show and postgame analysis will enable Big Red fans to follow Coach Bill Courtney's team throughout the season. The audio of all games will also be available as part of the RedCast subscription service.
• The Big Red's home contests will all be broadcast live with streaming video as part of the RedCast subscription service. Visit www.CornellBigRed.com/showcase for all the latest information on Cornell broadcasts.
• Cornell will use SIDEARM Live Stats for each of the Big Red's home games in 2012-13. Visit www.CornellBigRed.com for all of the official statistics.
• You can follow the team on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Highlights, interviews and features on all 36 of Cornell's varsity sports can be found at www.youtube.com/cornellathletics, www.facebook.com/cornellathletics or www.twitter.com/cornellsports.

NEXT UP: The Big Red closes out competition prior to Christmas when it visits Boston University on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 1 p.m.

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