Thursday, November 14, 2013

GAME RECAPS: Binghamton 89, Cornell 79

Game recaps below in this post...











ITHACA — Cornell’s men’s basketball team had a golden opportunity to pick up its first victory of the season Wednesday night, and seemed poised to get it with 12 minutes to play and a 19-point lead.
But Binghamton University, as youthful and desperate for a victory as was Cornell, staged a remarkable comeback and won, 89-79, sending the 0-3 Big Red off to Kentucky with a bitter taste in its mouth.
“It’s obviously very disappointing,” CU coach Bill Courtney said Thursday from the Newark airport, while waiting with his team to depart for Louisville for Friday night’s matchup with the third-ranked, defending national champion Cardinals.
“We controlled the game, had a 19-point lead with 12 minutes to go,” he said, “and any time you have that kind of a lead at home, you expect to get a win out of it. It’s part of the process for us, but at the same time it’s extremely disappointing because you want to see some of the fruits of your labor.”
Bearcats freshman guard Marlon Beck scored a game-high 27 points off the bench, making six of nine 3-pointers, as the visitors picked up their first win in three tries this season. Sophomore guard Jordan Reed added 25 points and 14 rebounds, while freshman forward Nick Madray also eclipsed the 20-point plateau for the second time this season by netting 22 points.
The Bearcats, who’ve won a total of five games the previous two seasons, scored 59 points in the second half, a school Division I record.
“It is one win, we’re 1-2 so you don’t want to overreact,” Binghamton second-year coach Tommy Dempsey said. “But in the position that we’re in as a program right now, it was a big win. There’s no disguising that. That was a big win for our kids. Hopefully it will give us a little momentum, but we’ll see.”
The Bearcats scored points on their final 19 possessions Wednesday night, a stunning turnaround for a team that had scored 30 points in the first half on 8-for-26 shooting. They went 16-for-28 from the floor after halftime, including 8-for-12 from 3-point range.
 “You’ve got to give a lot of credit to Binghamton,” Courtney said. “Part of it is us and a breakdown in some of our defenses, but a big part of it is they made a lot of pull-up 3-point shots. They made plays and we didn’t make plays.”
For Cornell, sophomore guard Nolan Cressler scored 19 points, and junior guard Devin Cherry chipped in 17. After shooting a red-hot 58 percent in the first half, CU went cold, shooting 38 percent (12-for-32) after the break.
After back-to-back losses to Syracuse University and Loyola University, Cornell hit the Bearcats with a first-half barrage from behind the arc that included four players making long-range shots and went 6-for-13 as a team.
The Bearcats’ deficit reached as many as 18 points, 43-25, in the first half on Deion Giddens’ layup with 1:53 left, but the Bearcats trimmed it to 43-30 at halftime. That deficit expanded to 61-42 with 12:44 remaining in the second half.
The Bearcats got within 66-57 on a pair of free throws by Reed with 6:42 remaining. With four minutes left the Bearcats pulled within 75-70 on a pair of free throws by freshman guard Yosef Yacob, who finished with seven points and nine assists. Madray then stole a pass in the post, and scored on a put-back to make it 75-72.
The Bearcats took their first lead of the game, 78-77, when Reed caught a pass at the top of the key, drove the lane and went right at Cornell’s 6-foot-9 230-pound center David Onuorah, and made a layup while getting knocked to the floor. Reed made the ensuing free throw.
Louisville (2-0) is coming off a 97-69 thrashing of Hofstra on Tuesday night. Senior guard Russ Smith led Louisville with 30 points while backcourt mate Chris Jones added 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting with seven assists.
“We have to try to figure out a way to slow those guards down a little bit,” Courtney said. “We obviously had a problem with that (Wednesday) night, particularly with Marlon Beck scoring on us, and we have to get better at guarding perimeter players. We’re not going to have a better test than Louisville.”
Courtney said it doesn’t matter who the opponent happens to be — his team just has to get better at what it does.
“With this group, we knew we might take some lumps,” he said. “Did we expect to win a game that we had a seven-point lead with four minutes to go? Absolutely. But at the same time, we can’t discard what we’re trying to do and build, so no matter what happens (Friday night), no matter what the score is, we’ve got to continue to play the way we need to play to be successful.”
After the Louisville game, Cornell heads to Colgate on Wednesday before returning home for games Nov. 22 against Siena and Nov. 25 against Radford.




ITHACA, N.Y. -- Nolan Cressler scored 19 points and Devin Cherry added 17, but the Cornell men's basketball team wasn't able to hold on to a second half lead and Binghamton rallied for an 89-79 victory on Wednesday evening at Newman Arena. The Bearcats improved to 1-2, while the Big Red fell to 0-3.

Joining Cressler and Cherry in double figures was senior guard Dominick Scelfo, while Deion Giddens had eight points and freshman David Onuorah notched nine points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots. Freshman Robert Hatter, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week, had six points, six assists and five rebounds. The Big Red blocked eight shots as a team and made 10 3-pointers and a 37 percent clip.

Cornell had 20 assists and just nine turnovers, but Binghamton turned the ball over just six times, held a decisive 27-9 edge at the line and connected on 56 percent of its 3-pointers (14-of-25), including an impressive 8-of-12 after halftime.

The Bearcats had three players scored at least 23 points, as Marlon Beck (27 points), Jordan Reed (25 points, 14 rebounds) and Nick Madray (23 points) combined for 75 of the Bearcats' 89 points. Binghamton scored on each of its final 18 possessions in the game to rally from a 16-point deficit with 10 minutes to play.

The Big Red scored the game's first seven points, led by as many as 18 in the first half and 19 early after halftime while playing some of its best basketball of the season. A pair of Cressler 3-pointers to open the second half pushed Cornell's lead to 19 (49-30), and a dunk by Giddens off a great feed by Scelfo made it a 61-42 Big Red advantage with just under 13 minutes remaining.

Beck started the rally for Binghamton with a free throw followed by a 3-pointer, with Madray answering that with a 3-pointer of his own and Reed scoring consecutive buckets.The lead was back into single digits after a pair of free throws by Reed, and Binghamton took its first lead of the game on a conventional three-point play with 1:53 left. After a Robert Hatter layup attempt was blocked by Reed, Beck hit hit sixth 3-pointer of the game with 70 seconds left to push the lead to five. The Bearcats wouldn't look back in snapping their 13-game losing skid.

Cornell was outstanding over the first 20 minutes, with Cressler opening the game the same way he would the second half - with consecutive 3-pointers. Seven minutes in he hit a running jumper to push the lead into double figures (15-5), and consecutive baskets by Giddens, including an alley-oop from Scelfo, made it 13. A basket by Ned Tomic and consecutive 3-pointers by Darryl Smith and Devin Cherry were sandwiched around an Onuorah dunk. The freshman fouled out with 1:53 left and Cornell couldn't get anything going on either end of the floor in the final two minutes.

The Big Red will meet its biggest challenge of the season when it meets defending national champion Louisville on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in a game that will be televised by ESPN3.


Ithaca Journal/Binghamton Sun Bulletin

ITHACA — The baby Bearcats, who haven’t started a senior in three games this season, came up with a double-digit come-from-behind victory to get the monkey off their back early this season.
The Binghamton University men’s basketball team turned a 19-point second-half deficit into an 89-79 victory over Cornell University at Newman Arena on Wednesday night to collect its first win of the season. Freshman guard Marlon Beck scored a game-high 27 points off the bench, making six of nine 3-pointers.
After spending most of the game red-faced and screaming, Bearcats coach Tommy Dempsey emerged from the locker room after the game with a smile, winked, and joked, “Knew it the whole time.”
Sophomore guard Jordan Reed scored 25 points and hauled in 14 rebounds for the Bearcats. Freshman forward Nick Madray also eclipsed the 20-point plateau for the second time this season by netting 22 points, and the Bearcats, who have won a total of five games the previous two seasons, scored 59 points in the second half, a school Division I record.
“It is one win, we’re 1-2 so you don’t want to overreact” Dempsey said. “But in the position that we’re in as a program right now, it was a big win. There’s no disguising that. That was a big win for our kids. Hopefully it will give us a little momentum, but we’ll see.”
Cornell sophomore guard Nolan Cressler scored 19 points, and junior guard Devin Cherry tacked on 17 points. After shooting a red-hot 58 percent in the first half, Cornell (0-3) shot 38 percent after halftime.
Bearcats senior guard Rayner Moquete shut down Cressler down the stretch. Cressler scored nine points in the first three minutes of the second half, but scored one point the rest of the game.
“It feels good (to get the first win), but I feel like at some point we’ve got to expect it,” Reed said. “I feel like with this squad we should expect to win.”
After back-to-back losses to Syracuse University and Loyola University and a date with defending national champion Louisville looming Friday, Cornell hit the Bearcats with a first-half barrage from behind the arc that included four players making long-range shots and went 6-for-13 as a team.
The Bearcats’ deficit reached as many as 18 points, 43-25, in the first half on Deion Giddens’ layup with 1:53 left, but the Bearcats trimmed it to 43-30 at halftime. That deficit expanded to 61-42 with 12:44 remaining in the second half.
The Bearcats got within 66-57 on a pair of free throws by Reed with 6:42 remaining. With four minutes left the Bearcats pulled within 75-70 on a pair of free throws by freshman guard Yosef Yacob, who finished with seven points and nine assists. Madray then stole a pass in the post, and scored on a put-back to make it 75-72.
After Cornell’s Dominick Scelfo hit a pair of free throws to make it 77-72, Beck drained a 3-pointer to pull the Bearcats within 77-75.
Madray made another free throw, and Beck came up with a steal on the next possession to give the Bearcats the ball with a chance to go ahead.
The Bearcats took their first lead of the game, 78-77, when Reed caught a pass at the top of the key, drove the lane and went right at Cornell’s 6-foot-9 230-pound center David Onuorah, and made a layup while getting knocked to the floor. Reed made the ensuing free throw.
“I really wanted to finish, but he was just as high as I was so all I could do at that time was try to take the contact — because I knew it was coming — and to the best of my ability finish the basket,” Reed said. “It came through for us. It went in.”
Onuorah, who blocked five shots, fouled out on the play as the Bearcats’ bench players jumped to their feet in elation.
“That’s Jordan,” Beck said. “Jordan is not going to back down from anybody. We know that’s what he does and that’s what he does best. When he did it we all had confidence in him.”
Reed blocked a shot at the rim on Cornell’s next possession, and the Bearcats held the lead for the rest of the game.

ITHACA, N.Y. – Nolan Cressler freed himself in the corner off a screen, caught the inbounds pass and buried a 3-pointer to give Cornell a 49-30 lead over the Binghamton men’s basketball team with 18:45 left in tonight’s game at Newman Arena.
BU head coach Tommy Dempsey, fed up with his team’s inability to execute its halftime adjustments on the sophomore guard, called timeout. From there, he noticed a change in his team’s level of intensity, and the Bearcats (1-2) overcame the 19-point deficit for an impressive 89-79 win, their first in 13 games dating back to last year.
“We haven’t won a lot of games around here, and to be down 19 on the road, it would have been really easy to roll over, and we just kept fighting,” Dempsey said. “We had a great spirit. We had a great belief in one another, and we seized the moment.”
Though he didn’t shine in the box score, senior guard Rayner Moquete played a key role in the second half. Dempsey assigned Moquete to Cressler, who finished with 19 points, and the senior held Cornell’s top scorer on the night without a point in the final 13:26 of play.
“[Moquete] was as important to us winning this game as anything,” Dempsey said. “I told him, ‘You want minutes right now, you have one job, and that is to go in there and take Cressler out of the game because if he keeps hitting 3s, we can’t come back.’”
Even with Moquete silencing Cressler, the Bearcats would have struggled to claw their way back into the game if they shot as poorly as they did in the first half, when they converted just 30.8 percent of their field-goal attempts. They hit just one of their first 11. Cornell, on the other hand, shot 58.1 percent to take a 43-30 lead at the break.
After Cressler extended Cornell’s advantage to 49-30, the teams traded baskets until Cornell led, 61-42, at the 12:44 mark. Then, with a mix of four shooters and sophomore guard Jordan Reed playing a post role on offense, Binghamton capitalized on mismatches and found its offensive rhythm.
“It put Cornell in a really tough spot because they really didn’t have an answer for Jordan in the post,” Dempsey said. “What we needed to happen was we needed the guys to make shots around him, and when they were able to do that we became a very hard matchup.”
Reed and freshman point guard Marlon Beck II carried the team on a 15-5 run that cut the deficit to 66-57 with 6:42 left. It was the first time Cornell led by as few as nine points since the 13:38 mark of the first half, when the Big Red held a 13-5 advantage.
The Bearcats trimmed the gap to five points on three occasions, but couldn’t force the necessary stops to pull any closer until freshman forward Nick Madray stole an entry pass, took it coast-to-coast and finished his own miss. Moments after Cornell answered with a bucket, Beck sank a 3-pointer from the top of the arc to pull within 77-75.
With 1:53 left, the game saw its first and only lead change as Reed attacked 6-foot-9 freshman center David Onuorah for a difficult and-one layup. He converted the foul shot, and Binghamton led, 79-77.
“Jordan’s not going to back down from anybody, and that’s what he did,” Beck said. “We know that’s what he does, and that’s what he does best.”
From there, Binghamton kept its foot on the gas pedal, as Beck buried another clutch 3-pointer to extend the lead to 82-77 with 1:10 on the clock. He finished with a game-high 27 points, just two shy of Reed’s single-game freshman scoring record.
“Once we started focusing on all the stops, our offense was going, we knew we could get it,” Beck said. “I was feeling it, I was taking a lot of shots and they were falling. My teammates were behind me and they kept telling me, ‘Keep going at them, keep shooting.’”
As impressive as Beck’s scoring output was, Reed and Madray also eclipsed the 20-point mark. Reed finished with 25 points, 14 rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Madray posted a career-high 23 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
Freshman point guard Yosef Yacob scored seven points, all at the line, and dished a career-high nine assists.
As a team, Binghamton shot 57.1 percent from the floor in the second half to raise its game percentage to 44.4 percent.
With Cressler leading the way, three Cornell players scored in double-figures. Junior guard Devin Cherry posted 17 points, 12 of which came in the first half, and senior guard Dominick Scelfo finished with 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting.
The Bearcats are set to return to action on Saturday against Navy. The Midshipmen (1-2) dealt Binghamton a 75-52 beat-down in Annapolis last season.
Beck said the Bearcats won’t be caught off guard this time.
“We know we can’t settle after one win, because we’re looking for many more,” he said.
Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at the Events Center.


Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
ITHACA, N.Y. - Binghamton men’s basketball (1-2) orchestrated a stunning second-half comeback from 19 points down and ended the game with a 17-2 run to post an 89-79 win at Cornell (0-3) Wednesday night from Newman Arena.
The Bearcats put 59 points on the board in the second half – the most in any half during the program’s Division I era – and freshman guard Marlon Beck II punctuated the comeback with a game-high 27 points, 19 coming in the pivotal second period.
Sophomore guard Jordan Reed added 25 points and 14 rebounds and delivered a huge sequence late in the game. Reed made a strong drive and high-banking layup plus a free throw for a three-point play with 1:53 remaining that gave the Bearcats their first lead, 79-77. He then soared to swat away a Cornell layup 11 seconds later, which led to a Beck three-pointer and a five-point cushion. Binghamton made 5-of-6 free throws in the final 45 seconds to seal the win.
“What a win that was,” head coach Tommy Dempsey said. “We had contributions from so many guys … it was all will and heart. It’s so important … when you’re trying to build a program you need these kinds of wins. It would be so easy to go away when you are down 19 like we were and there have been times in the past when we never felt like we could win. But this is a new group and they believed in each other and bounced back.”
After everything went Cornell’s way in the first half, BU took over in the second, though it took the Bearcats 13:20 to get within single digits. The Big Red led 66-51 with just under nine minutes remaining before Reed led an 11-1 run that spanned 3:45. His two free throws with 6:40 left, part of his 11-for-11 effort from the line, pulled Binghamton to within nine, 66-57. Senior Rayner Moquete, who led the defensive stand in the second half, hit a big three-pointer to cut the deficit to seven, 67-60, with 5:51 left. Reed added two more free throws to finish off the 10-point swing. But the Bearcats still trailed 77-72 before stifling the hosts over the final frenzied three minutes. Beck tallied eight points in the final 2:52, classmate Yosef Yacob added three free throws and Cornell managed only a pair of free throws with 25 seconds left when the outcome was certain. 
“Cornell played so good in first half,” Dempsey said. “It was much of more what they did then what we didn’t do on defense. But then we exploded in the second half offensively and got it done with some big shot making. We won the battle of wills and found a way to get it done. Nothing builds confidence like ‘W’s and this was needed to get that winning feeling … just a heck of a win.”
Among the many superlatives were Beck’s and Reed’s stat lines. Beck hit 9-of-15, including 6-of-9 from three-point range. Reed hit 6-of-11 and ripped down 14 rebounds to post his first double-double of the season and 14th in his young collegiate career. Reed also collected two blocks and three steals in 36 high-energy minutes. Freshman forward Nick Madray, the reigning America East Rookie of the Week, gave BU its third double-digit scorer with 23 points on 6-of-9 accuracy. Madray hit 5-of-6 from beyond the arc and added a key defensive steal with 3:32 left and BU in the midst of its big run. Yacob chipped in seven points and a game-high nine assists.
The Bearcats drilled 14-of-25 three-pointers (56%) and scored the most points in a regular-season game since pinning 91 on Vermont in another unlikely double-digit, second-half comeback road win on January 8, 2009. Binghamton also had 91 points in an America East first-round tournament win over UMBC in 2011. 
The Big Red were sizzling in the opening half, hitting 13-of-19 to open the period (68%) and building an 18-point lead just 12:28 into the contest (31-13). Cornell scored the game’s first seven points and raced out to an 11-2 lead before the game was five minutes old. Binghamton, which missed 14 of its first 17 shots, put together a modest 9-2 run on a pair of threes from Reed and another from Beck to draw within 11, 33-22. But the hosts displayed great ball movement and numerous easy looks inside led to 58% shooting and a 43-30 lead at intermission. Reed and Madray had 10 points apiece and Beck added eight in the first half. After the initial cold spell offensively, BU hit 5-of-9 to end the half and keep within striking range.
Binghamton hosts Navy at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Events Center. At halftime, the school will honor its Hall of Fame Class of 2013 with the formal ceremony to follow the game.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fire Bill Courtney.

Or at the minimum, promote Jaques to head coach and demote Bill to assistant to the head coach.

Anonymous said...

This was bad but pleeease let's not lose our sh*t over this.

Unknown said...

I'm not a big BC fan, but there has been significant improvement this year (so far) and this Freshman class has 2.5 studs. This is a very inexperienced team - even the upperclassmen are inexperienced. They should be given some time to figure it out. Hopefully the meltdowns will lessen with experience (and coaching).

At times I see an actual offense this year, and even some decent defense. It just fell apart in the second half, and we don't have a glue guy to hold it together yet. I think there are several guys on the roster who show the promise to be that guy (just keep it away from Devin when we're trying to hold a lead!).

Anonymous said...

I agree that we're seeing signs of significant improvement. We're giving three true freshman and a sophomore a ton of playing time. There are going to be a lot of growing pains. I'm not happy we lost, but I guarantee you that Hatter, David O., and Nolan will remember and learn from this.

Strange as it sounds for a team that will be 0-4, I'm feeling the most optimistic I've felt about the program in quite some time.

And let's stop with all the negativity toward Coach Courtney. We're finally seeing signs of hope, even though it's going to be a rough, rough year.