Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Game Recaps: Radford 86, Cornell 71







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ITHACA — Despite shooting 56 percent after halftime and holding a rebounding edge overall, Cornell could not shake its doldrums Monday night against visiting Radford.
Guards Devin Cherry and Robert Hatter combined for 37 points but the Big Red trailed by 21 points at halftime and could not recover in an 86-71 loss to Radford University. Coach Bill Courtney’s Big Red dropped to 0-7, its worst start to a season in more than 30 years, and has lost 13 consecutive games dating to mid-February, the longest such active streak in Division I.
The Highlanders (4-1), of the Big South Conference, were led by R.J. Price’s game-high 24 points.
Cherry scored 19 points, shooting 6-for-12 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the foul line, and added five rebounds. Hatter (18 points) had six assists and two rebounds while connecting on 3 of 9 shots from beyond the arc.
Six-foot-9 freshman Deion Giddens also scored in double figures for Cornell with 10 points, on 5-for-7 shooting, and added seven rebounds and three blocks in 19 minutes. Cornell’s leading scorer, Nolan Cressler (17 ppg.), had nine points, four rebounds and three assists on a tough shooting night, while senior Dwight Tarwater had a game-high eight rebounds.
Cornell had a positive assist-to-turnover ratio (14-12) and outrebounded Radford 37-32.
The Red scored 49 points after halftime on 20-for-36 shooting but could not overcome a deficit that grew to as many as 25 points early in the second half. The Highlanders shot 54 percent from the floor and connected on 8-of-17 from 3-point range.
Javonte Green had 18 points, six rebounds and three steals for the Highlanders. Radford controlled the first half, going on a 21-5 run late in the half to lead 43-22 at the break.
Cornell chipped away in the second half, getting as close as 15 points three different times. Each time, Radford answered with a score. Cherry took over offensively for the Big Red in the second half, scoring 14 of his 19 points after halftime, including a trio of three-point plays on fast-break layups. Hatter added 12 points in the second half, including a pair of 3-pointers.
The Big Red — which had not started a season 0-7 since 1981-82 — hits the road to face Western Michigan at 7 p.m. Friday at University Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich.


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ITHACA, N.Y. -- Junior Devin Cherry scored 19 points and freshman Robert Hatter had 18, but the Cornell men's basketball team fell into an early hole and couldn't recover in an 86-71 loss to Radford on Monday evening at Newman Arena. The Big Red slipped to 0-7, while the Highlanders improved to 4-1.

Cherry hit on 6-of-12 shots from the floor and 6-of-7 from the charity stripe and added five rebounds, while Hatter was credited with six assists and two rebounds while also hitting three 3-pointers. Deion Giddens rounded out three double figure scorers with 10 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and a steal in 19 minutes. He connected on 5-of-7 field goals. Nolan Cressler had nine points, four rebounds and three assists despite a tough shooting night and Dwight Tarwater had a game-high eight rebounds. Cornell again had a positive assist:turnover ratio (14-12) and also outrebounded Radford (37-32) in the loss.

Cornell shot 56 percent from the floor in the second half after hitting on just 29 percent in the first 20 minutes, scoring 49 points after the break, but couldn't overcome a deficit that grew to as many as 25 points early in the second half. The Highlanders shot 54 percent from the floor and connected on 8-of-17 from beyond the arc.

R.J. Price scored a game-high 24 points and added five assists and four rebounds to lead Radford, who extended its win streak to four games. Javonte Green scored 18 points with six rebounds and three steals and Rashun Davis (13 points) and Kion Brown (12 points) chipped in a combined 25 points off the bench.

Radford controlled the first half, going on a 21-5 run late in the half to extend a close six-point game into a 22-point bulge and led at the break 43-22.

Cornell chipped away in the second half, getting as closed at 15 points three different times. Each time, Radford answered with a score. Cherry took over offensively for the Big Red in the second half, scoring 14 of his points coming out of the locker room, including three three-point plays on the break with tough finishes after contact. Hatter added 12 in the second half, including a pair of treys.

The Big Red hits the road to face Western Michigan on Friday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. at University Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich. 

ITHACA, N.Y. - Radford ran its winning streak to four games Monday and pushed its record to 4-1 for the first time since the 2004-05 season with an 86-71 victory at Cornell. The Highlanders, led by R.J. Price's season-high 24 points, buried the Big Red in the first half, 43-22, and glided to the 15-point win.

Price exploded for 15 first half points, and Radford shot a blistering 54.8 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes to put the game out of reach early. Cornell cut into the 21-point halftime margin in the second half, but could get no closer than the final spread of 15 points. Cornell shot just 28 percent in the first half.

"Cornell can be an explosive team, and we held them to 22 points in the first half," Radford head coach Mike Jones said. "This was a good team effort, and I was very happy with how we stuck to the game plan."

Four players scored in double figures for the Highlanders. Javonte Green scored 18, and Rashun Davis added 13 and Kion Brown 12 to go along with Price's two dozen.

Price and Davis also chipped in with solid floor games. Each handed out five assists and committed just one turnover apiece. Green's six rebounds led the Highlanders on the glass.

Devin Cherry and Robert Hatter paced the Big Red with 19 and 18 points, respectively.

For the game, RU shot 54.2 percent from the floor and outscored Cornell 19-8 off turnovers and 30-15 in bench points.

"We wanted to play fast and push the ball, and we were able to set our tempo," Jones said. "The guys are trusting the coaches, trusting each other, and trusting the system."

The four-game winning streak is the longest in the Mike Jones era for Radford.

Radford travels Friday to Blacksburg, Va. to face Virginia Tech in a 2:00 p.m. tip.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Man, there are a lot of empty seats in that gym. I still can't get my mind around it...How does a team with this much talent string together the longest losing streak in the country? We're looking at the very real possibility of going 1 - 13 in non-conference play (assuming we can put away Division III Oberlin). As a fan, I'm despondent. Is there any hope for this team now or in the future?

Anonymous said...

The games should be free for students. They'll make more from concessions than from ticket sales. Currently they probably make like 100 students * $8 = $800. Get 3000 kids in there and you only need half of them to buy a soda to make up for it. Not to mention maybe it would help the team out.

Anonymous said...

Terrible offensive scheme. Cressler was being face gaurded all night and no screens were set for him again. All his shots were contested. Deion Giddens should play at least 3/4 of game with Onuara mopping up. Not 4 post players being shuttled in and out. Cherry is not a point guard. he continues to turn the ball over in that roll. At some times during the game it looked like street ball with Cherry and Hatter taking the ball the full length of court. Don't we have some offensive sets? How about using a zone. It worked well at Syracuse. Worst defensive team in the country.

Anonymous said...

everything Bill sucked at three years ago (game management, developing offensive & defensive schemes, developing talent) he still sucks at today.

he lucked out having guys like Osgood, Wire, and Wroblewski who learned how to play basketball the correct way under a great coach.

Anonymous said...

CBB. Are you sure Cornell actual ly signed Courtney to a 3 year extension? As a public school this information should be available. If so, how can the AD sleep at night.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

CBB did not say Courtney received an extension.