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Game #3: Binghamton at Cornell
Tip off: Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m.
Site: Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
2013-14 Records: Binghamton (0-2, 0-0 America East); Cornell (0-2, 0-0 Ivy)
Series Record: Cornell leads 7-2
Last Meeting: Cornell won 79-77, Dec. 30, 2012 in Vestal, N.Y.

Radio: HITS 103.3 FM (Barry Leonard, Eric Taylor)
TV: None
Live Stats: available at www.CornellBigRed.com
Live Video: available at www.IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com
Tickets: check availability by calling (607) 254-BEAR

Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his fourth season at Cornell (35-54, .393; 18-24 Ivy, .429) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher '44 Coach of Men's Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.

Two Central New York teams will be looking to kickstart their seasons when Cornell and Binghamton clash on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at Newman Arena in Bartels Hall. You can watch the game live on the Ivy League Digital Network or listen live to Barry Leonard and Eric Taylor on HITS 103.3 FM.

Both the Big Red and the Bearcats are desperate to pick up their first win of the 2013-14 season after starting the year 0-2. Cornell dropped a pair of exciting contest, one to #8/7 Syracuse in a game Cornell led by 14 in the first half and the other an overtime contest against Loyola (MD) in the home opener. The Bearcats dropped a five-point decision to the same Greyhounds squad before falling by 17 at Brown.

Cornell has gotten an early lift from its freshman class, including reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week Robert Hatter. The guard from Texas averaged 20.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in two games, including a freshman-record 32 points against Loyola (MD). Guard Darryl Smith had 13 points against the Greyhounds and is averaging 8.0 points, while center David Onuorah is posting 6.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 blocks per game.

While the freshmen have made an impact, sophomore Nolan Cressler (18.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists) and senior Dwight Tarwater (12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds) have been the steady contributors among the upperclassmen. Junior captain Devin Cherry is averaging 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists, while senior guard Dominick Scelfo is scoring 4.5 points through two contests.

Binghamton is led by sophomore Jordan Reed, the 2012-13 America East Rookie of the Year. Reed averages 15.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks over his first two contests, while freshman forward Nick Madray is posting 15.5 points and 3.0 rebounds. Also averaging double figures for head coach Tommy Dempsey's squad are Yosef Yacob (11.5 points and 2.5 rebounds) and Marlon Beck (10.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists). The Bearcats have dropped 13 straight dating back to last season.

• snap an eight-game skid dating back to last season.
• be its third straight over the Bearcats.
• extend its lead in the all-time series against BU to 8-2.
• end a five-game losing streak at home.
• be the 1,210th in program history (1,209-1,328 in 114 seasons).

• The Bearcats have lost 13 straight dating back to last season, including early season decisions to Loyola (MD) (79-74) at home and Brown (74-57) on the road.
• Binghamton returns two starters, including preseason All-America East guard Jordan Reed, from last season's 3-27 squad that finished ninth in the America East (1-15).
• Reed led the America East in rebounding (9.5 rpg.) and ranked second in scoring (16.6 ppg.). He is off to a good start in his second season, posting averages of 15.5 points and 11.0 rebounds in his first two games.
• Freshman Nick Madray, the reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Week, is averaging 15.5 points after his first two games.
• The Bearcats, under second-year head coach Tommy Dempsey, return eight total letter winners.

• Cornell leads the all-time series 7-2, including a 79-77 Big Red victory in Vestal, N.Y., last season.
• The two teams have played each season since 1988, with Cornell winning its six games against the Bearcats by an average of more than 19 points per game.
• The Big Red has won two straight in the series and is 2-1 against the Bearcats under head coach Bill Courtney.
• Binghamton's last win in the series came in a 69-68 decision in Vestal during the 2010-11 campaign.

• Cornell is 19-21 all-time against current members of the America East, including 7-2 against Binghamton.
• The Big Red has also faced Albany (2-3), Hartford (0-3), Maine (0-1), New Hampshire (1-3), Stony Brook (4-3) and Vermont (5-6).
• Cornell has never played Massachusetts-Lowell or UMBC.

• Senior Eitan Chemerinski scored 17 points and had a pair of key offensive rebounds in the final minute to help Cornell hold off a furious Binghamton rally to hang on for a 79-77 win at the Events Center.
• Cornell led by as many as 22 points with 13 minutes remaining, then weathered a storm of 3-pointers by a Bearcat team that entered the night shooting just 28 percent from beyond the arc.
• Chemerinski made sure the Big Red wouldn't fold, grabbing an offensive rebound and putback and then grabbing another that led to a Galal Cancer free throw that sealed the game with eight seconds left.
• Senior Johnathan Gray scored a team-high 18 points, including five 3-pointers, and grabbed six rebounds, while freshman Nolan Cressler and junior Dominick Scelfo each scored 14.
• Cressler added seven rebounds and three steals in the win, and the 14 points were a career high for Scelfo.
• Sophomore Shonn Miller rounded out the double figure scorers with 12 points, six rebounds and a pair of blocked shots.
• Binghamton got 23 points and 14 rebounds from impressive freshman Jordan Reed.
• Rayner Moquete added 19 points, while Jimmy Gray and Taylor Johnston each scored 14.
• The Bearcats shot 49 percent from the floor overall and made 11-of-20 3-pointers, good for 55 percent. Included was a red-hot 9-of-11 from beyond the arc (82 percent) after halftime to rally the home team.

• Cornell is 107-75 (.588) 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 60-23 (.723) over its last 82 home games.
• In non-conference games, the Big Red is 50-47 (.515) over the last six seasons vs. scholarship programs.
• The Big Red is 7-4 on the road in its last 11 games away from Newman Arena.

• The Big Red bring an eight-game losing streak into the contest, its longest since Cornell also lost eight in a row during the 2010-11 season.
• 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 11 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 of 22 points. He established a new personal best with his 23 points in the game.
• Cressler has a streak of six consecutive double figure scoring games dating back to last year.
• 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).
• In each of the team's first two games, Cornell has had a player score 20 first half points (Nolan Cressler at #8/7 Syracuse; Robert Hatter vs. Loyola (MD)).
• Junior Deion Giddens blocked three shots in just 10 minutes of action against Loyola (MD), the fourth time in his last six games with multiple blocks dating back to last year.

• Cornell will travel to defending national champion Louisville on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.
• It will be the first-ever meeting with the Cardinals.
• The game will be the second time in a week the Big Red would play one of the 2012-13 NCAA Final Four teams after dropping an 82-60 decision to national semifinalist Syracuse at the Carrier Dome last Friday.
• The game will be available to watch live on ESPN3.

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