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Game #7: Radford at Cornell
Tip off: Monday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m.
Site: Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
2013-14 Records: Radford (3-1, 0-0 Big South); Cornell (0-6, 0-0 Ivy)
Series Record: First-ever meeting
Radio: HITS 103.3 FM (Barry Leonard, Eric Taylor)
TV: None
Live Stats: available at
Live Video: available at www.
Tickets: check availability by calling (607) 254-BEAR

Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his fourth season at Cornell (35-38, .376; 18-24 Ivy, .429) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher '44 Coach of Men's Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.

The Cornell men's basketball team will meet first-time opponent Radford when the Highlanders visit Newman Arena on Monday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. at Newman Arena. You can watch the game on the Ivy League Digital Network­ or listen to the game locally on HITS 103.3 FM with Barry Leonard and Eric Taylor on the call.­

Sophomore guard Nolan Cressler is off to a great start, averaging 18.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in his first six games and is coming off a career-best 25-point effort against Siena. He's the only player averaging double figures, though three others are posting at least 8.0 points every contest. Senior forward Dwight Tarwater is posting 9.2 points and 7.0 rebounds, while freshman guard Robert Hatter is scoring 8.5 points with 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Junior guard Devin Cherry rounds out that foursome at 8.3 ppg., 3.2 rpg. and 3.5 apg. Freshman Robert Onuorah (4.5 ppg., 4.7 rpg., 1.2 bpg.) and junior Deion Giddens (4.3 ppg., 2.2 rpg.) are holding down the middle, while senior guard Dominick Scelfo is providing firepower off the bench (5.5 ppg., 1.5 apg.). The Big Red is scoring 68.3 points on 42 percent shooting, but is allowing 85.8 points on 50 percent shooting, including 45 percent from 3-point range.

Cornell has played some good basketball despite its 0-6 start, with two of the losses coming to 2013 NCAA Final Four squads (Syracuse, Louisville) and three total coming at the hands of 2013 postseason squads (Syracuse and Louisville - NCAA, Loyola - CIT) that went a combined 88-27. Cornell has shown glimpses of outstanding basketball despite its heavy reliance on underclassmen and inexperienced upperclassmen. Three of the team's top six scorers are freshmen or sophomores and the three top upperclassmen had made a combined 23 career starts entering the year. The Big Red led No. 8/7 Syracuse by 14 points in the first half and by six at the break, led a Loyola (MD) team that won 23 games a year ago by seven points with five minutes remaining and had a 19-point advantage against Binghamton with 13 minutes left and a 10-point lead with four minutes to play against Siena before the team's youth came out and the Big Red went on to drop all four contests.

Radford enters the game on a three-game win streak after a 69-63 triumph at Binghamton on Saturday behind Javonte Green's 17 points and eight rebounds and leads the team in both categories through four games (16.8 ppg., 7.3 rpg.). The Highlanders overcame a 14-point second half deficit in the victory to move to 3-1 on the year. Third-year head coach Mike Jones (22-46 record)

• avoid the Big Red's first 0-7 start to a season since the 1981-82 campaign.
• snap a 12-game skid dating back to last season.
• end a seven-game home skid.
• make Cornell 6-1 against members of the Big South Conference.
• be the 1,210th in program history (1,209-1,332 in 114 seasons).

• Radford is 3-1 on the season after a 69-63 victory at Binghamton on Saturday afternoon.
• After opening the season with a 22-point loss at George Washington (76-54), the Highlanders have answered with wins over Chattanooga (89-78) and Brevard (105-57) before the triumph over the Bearcats.
• Radford has eight players averaging better than 5.0 points per game, with two scoring in double figures.
• Leading the way is junior Javonte Green (16.8 ppg., 7.3 rpg.) and sophomore Ya Ya Anderson (12.8 ppg., 3.8 rpg., 2.8 apg.).
• Sophomore guard Rashun Davis is averaging 9.5 ppg. off the bench and has gotten to the free-throw line 27 times in four contests.
• As a team, Radford is averaging 79.2 points while shooting 47 percent from the floor. They are also outrebounding opponents by +5.7 per game (40.2-34.5).
• Third-year head coach Mike Jones has a 22-46 record entering the contest.

• This will be the first-ever meeting between Cornell and Radford in men's basketball.

• Cornell is 5-1 all-time against current members of the Big South and will be meeting Radford for the first time in program history.
• The Big Red has also faced Longwood (1-0), Presbyterian (1-0), VMI (2-0) and Winthrop (1-1).
• Cornell has never played Campbell, Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, Gardner-Webb, High Point, Liberty and UNC Asheville.

• Cornell is 107-79 (.575) in the last six seasons.
• The Big Red is 56-28 (.667) in its last 84 Ivy League contests over the last six years.
• Cornell is 60-25 (.706) over its last 84 home games.
• In non-conference games, the Big Red is 50-51 (.495) over the last six seasons vs. scholarship programs.
• The Big Red is 7-6 on the road in its last 13 games away from Newman Arena.

• Cornell has increased its win totals in each of the last two seasons under head coach Bill Courtney, from 10 in 2010-11 after graduating eight seniors from the previous year's NCAA Sweet 16 team, to 12 in 2011-12 to 13 a year ago.
• Freshman Robert Hatter established a Cornell freshman record with 32 points against Loyola (MD).
• Sophomore Nolan Cressler needs two 3-pointers to climb into Cornell's career top 20 list.
• Cressler had 20 points in the first half against #8/7 Syracuse, nearly matching his career high coming into the game of 22 points.
• Cressler has a streak of 10 consecutive double figure scoring games dating back to last year.
• Cressler has scored at least 19 points in four of the team's six games.
• He has also hit multiple 3-pointers in each of those games.
• Senior Dwight Tarwater had 21 points and 11 rebounds against the Greyhounds, nearly matching his junior year scoring total (30 points) and surpassing his rebounding total from a year ago (eight).
• He also posted a double-double vs. Siena (12 points, 13 rebounds).
• Tarwater is averaging 12.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in the team's three home games.
• Junior Devin Cherry had a career-best 17 points against both Binghamton and Siena.
• In his last two games, Cherry has averaged 14.5 points and 3.5 assists.
• The Big Red brings a 12-game losing streak into the contest, its longest since Cornell lost 14 straight during the 1979-80 campaign.
• In his last four games, junior Deion Giddens in 11-of-13 from the floor (.846) and has two games in which he has been perfect on at least four field goal attempts.
• As a team, the Big Red hasn't had less than three steals or more than four in any of its six games.
• In the Big Red's three home games, Cornell is shooting 48 percent from the floor and has 47 assists to just 25 turnovers, but has attempted 45 fewer free throws than its opponents.

• Going back to the 2006-07 campaign, the Big Red is six games better than anyone else in Ivy League play with its 65-33 mark.
• Harvard is second (59-39), followed by Penn (56-42), Princeton (56-42), Yale (56-42), Columbia (40-58), Brown (38-60) and Dartmouth (22-76).
• Dating back to the 2004-05 season (nine years), Cornell's 81-45 record is tied for the best among Ivy League teams in conference action. Penn is second at 81-45, followed by Princeton (72-54) and Harvard (71-55).
• Rounding out the field is Yale (70-56), Brown (49-77), Columbia (47-79) and Dartmouth (33-93).

• The Big Red will head out on the road for a pair of games during the Thanksgiving weekend where it will visit Western Michigan on Friday, Nov. 29 and Notre Dame on Sunday, Dec. 1.
• The Big Red returns home on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. to play Saint Francis (PA).

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