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Game #15: Cornell at American
Tip off: Sunday, Jan. 6, at 2 p.m.
Site: Bender Arena (4,500), Washington, D.C.
2012-13 Records: American (5-9, 0-0 Patriot); Cornell (6-9, 0-0 Ivy)
Series Record: American leads 1-0
Last Meeting: American won 65-63 (Nov. 27, 2011 in Ithaca, N.Y.)

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Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his third season at Cornell (28-43, .394; 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 attempt to get on a roll heading into Ivy League play when it visits American on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. at Bender Arena. The Big Red has won two of its last three games and will be looking for its first win over 2013 when it faces the Eagles.

Cornell brings a 6-9 record into the contest after a 72-56 loss at home against defending Patriot League champion Bucknell on Wednesday evening. The Big Red will be out for its third consecutive road win, something that hasn't happened since winning its final five road games to close out 2009-10. Prior to its last two road victories, Cornell had been 5-29 in true road games under head coach Bill Courtney. Cornell is now looking to even its record away from home on the year at 5-5, including a pair of neutral site victories.

The Big Red's pressure defense has been steadily improving, though its opponents' field goal percentage has been climbing as Cornell speeds up the pace. The offense has been most dangerous when it has gotten itself easy shots from the pressure. In Cornell's six wins it has scored 77.3 points per game on 48 percent shooting. In its losses - 54.8 points on 35 percent shooting. It also has a positive assist-turnover ratio and has limited opponents to 40 percent shooting in the triumphs. That has always been the case with Courtney's teams at Cornell. The defense has been a constant - and when the offense is clicking, Cornell is tough to beat. It is 20-2 when scoring 70 or more points under his tenure.

Cornell has been tremendously balanced on the offensive end, with only one player averaging in double figures, though seven players score more than 5.3 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 (10.2 ppg.) and ranks second in the league in blocks (1.6 bpg.), fourth in rebounding (7.4 rpg.) and fifth in steals (1.7 spg.). Seniors Errick Peck (8.2 ppg.), Johnathan Gray (8.1 ppg.) and Eitan Chemerinski (7.9 ppg.) aren't far behind. Also among the balanced scoring group is freshman Nolan Cressler (7.1 ppg.) and sophomore Devin Cherry (6.9 ppg.) in the Big Red's 10-man rotation. Stalwart senior defender Miles Asafo-Adjei leads the team in assists (3.1), while sophomore Galal Cancer has flashed a strong all-court game (5.3 ppg., 2.7 rpg., 2.3 apg.).

• make the Big Red 7-9 on the season.
• even the all-time series between the programs at 1-1.
• make Cornell 139-116 all-time against members of the Patriot League, including 3-5 under head coach Bill Courtney.
• be the 1,203rd in program history (1,202-1,317 in 114 seasons).

ABOUT AMERICAN: American brings a 5-9 overall record into Sunday's matinee after a 63-49 victory over winless Maryland-Eastern Shore on Thursday. The win snapped a four-game skid that began against Ivy foe Columbia and included games at both Georgetown and Kansas. Stephen Lumpkins leads the team in scoring (14.7 ppg.), rebounding (8.4 rpg.) and blocked shots (21), while Daniel Munoz is scoring 10.1 ppg. while pacing the squad in assists (3.4 apg.). American is shooting 41 percent from the floor on the season while surrendering 44 percent. The Eagles are scoring 55.8 points per outing and allowing 63.4, with six games being decided by two possessions or less. Head coach Jeff Jones is the school's all-time leader in wins (203) with four Patriot League regular season titles.

THE CORNELL-AMERICAN SERIES: American leads the all-time series 1-0 after last year's 65-63 Eagles victory at Newman Arena.

CORNELL VS. THE PATRIOT LEAGUE: Cornell is 138-116 all-time against current members of the Patriot League, including 0-1 against American. The Big Red has also played Army (20-13), Bucknell (23-25), Colgate (71-53), Holy Cross (2-3), Lafayette (7-11), Lehigh (13-9) and Navy (2-1).

• Cornell is 100-64 (.610) 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 58-16 (.784) over its last 72 home games.
• In non-conference games, the Big Red is 48-45 (.516) over the last six seasons vs. scholarship programs.

Cornell closes out non-conference play with a home game against Division III Suny-Old Westbury on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. at Newman Arena.


Anonymous said...

This was a nice victory to gain but doesn't put to rest the concerns which have evolved over time. Even when the winning continues agaisnt. D3 opponent the test won't come until ivy season starts and all those threes get reduced sensible number like today. Question remains what happens when the three is contested, will they still b shot or will that take half the game away from all those three point artists playing at same time??? The day to find out is approaching!!!

Patiently waiting to find out!!

Anonymous said...

While I do agree that the D-3 game is not helpful in figuring out who we are, I think today's AU win helped clarify some things.

AU is in the same class as Penn, Dartmouth, Yale, and Brown, in no particular order. If we keep playing like we did today, which was IMO OK, but certainly not great, we should be able to win three of those four Ivy road games. They will be tough, but more than winnable. I think we can also get home W's against these four teams.

We are not playing well enough to compete with Harvard and Princeton anywhere.

The home game with Columbia should be hotly-contested. What an opener for both teams! I do not think we can win in the City. If we play like we did today, we can get a split with the Lions.

We are what we are. My goal for this team is a first division finish. It could be either a tie for third with the Lions or a sole fourth place finish.

C'mon, Red! Don't disappoint!

Anonymous said...

Even American can shoot FT's! We were 14-24 as a team, and should have been 20-24 (and how many misses on the front end of 1/1?) Playing really hard is no excuse for missing FT's. It is focus and determination. We will need them when we meet the IVY's. Remember, must have 2 wins over Columbia! Go Big Red.

Anonymous said...

Anon 10:00pm,

Its good to have faith, even if no evidence of that much success has been seen. All it takes is a game where the three doesn't fall as well as it did yesterday to get beat by any Ivy team except Darthmoth. Even though BigRed may have speed advantage on paper doesnot translate to the floor unless actually use it.

Courtney's in love with the three plain and simple , it's appears he is willing to live or die with it. Too many three point shooters on floor at same time is evidence enough. Afraid the bad habits of past performances will catch up before Bill's actual coaching will improve sad to say. Even Ferry's deadly shooting touch went cold last season and nobody on this team shoots as well from three as he did.

Splitting games with Yale, Brown, Columbia and probably Penn then getting swept by Harvard and Princeton only gets u to 6 and 8 .

Anonymous said...

ANON 10:12PM

I am on board with what you are saying, but my optimism dies hard.

I can see picking up two road victories from the group of (Brown, Columbia, Penn, and Yale). I can see beating all four of them at Newman. I can see 8-6 in league play.

The Lions have a good shot at sweeping B, D, Pe, and Y; and splitting with us, sneaking into third ahead of us, at 9-5.

Odds favor the Top Two slipping up once each to the Lesser Six in at least one of their B2B's. I cannot begin to guess who it will be. Given that the NY trip is going to be the toughest to sweep, I think we could be involved.

Anonymous said...

LOL. Die Hard. I like that