Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Cornell Athletics Game Notes to Host Dartmouth/Harvard




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DARTMOUTH INFORMATION
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GAME INFORMATION
Game #21: Dartmouth at Cornell
Tip off: Friday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m.
Site: Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
2013-14 Records: Dartmouth (9-11, 2-4 Ivy); Cornell (1-19, 0-6 Ivy)
Series Record: Series tied 103-103
Last Meeting: Dartmouth won 76-62, March 8, 2013 in Hanover, N.H.
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: available by calling (607) 254-BEAR

Game #22: Harvard at Cornell
Tip off: Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m.
Site: Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
2013-14 Records: Harvard (18-4, 5-1 Ivy); Cornell (1-19, 0-6 Ivy)
Series Record: Cornell leads 90-74
Last Meeting: Harvard won 65-56, March 9, 2013 in Cambridge, Mass.
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: available by calling (607) 254-BEAR

HEAD COACH BILL COURTNEY
Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his fourth season at Cornell (36-71, .336; 18-30 Ivy, .375) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher '44 Coach of Men's Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.

STORY LINES: For just the third and fourth time since the first week of December, the Cornell men's basketball team will have an opportunity to play games at the friendly confines of Newman Arena. The Big Red will play host to Dartmouth on Friday, Feb. 14 and Harvard on Saturday, Feb. 15 with both games tipping at 7 p.m. The games can be viewed live on the Ivy League Digital Network, or you can listen to Barry Leonard's radio call on HITS 103.3 FM.

Cornell has played some good basketball despite its 1-19 start, with two of the losses coming to 2013 NCAA Final Four squads (Syracuse, Louisville) and six total coming at the hands of 2013 postseason squads (Syracuse, Louisville and Notre Dame - NCAA, Stony Brook - NIT, Loyola - CIT, Western Michigan - CBI) that went a combined 161-58 a year ago. Cornell has shown glimpses of really good play despite its heavy reliance on underclassmen and inexperienced upperclassmen. Three of the team's top five scorers are freshmen or sophomores and the three top upperclassmen had made a combined 23 career starts entering the year. The Big Red led then-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 and led Western Michigan in the second half. Cornell went on to drop all five games.

The Big Red backcourt has been its strength, with its lead guards pacing the team in scoring. Sophomore guard Nolan Cressler has had an All-Ivy season for the Big Red, averaging 16.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, while junior Devin Cherry isn't far behind at 11.4 ppg., 4.2 rpg. and 3.0 apg. Cressler has averaged 21.7 ppg. over his last three games, while Cherry has hit for double figures in 10 of his last 11 contests. Freshmen guards Robert Hatter (9.0 ppg. 2.1 apg.) and Darryl Smith (4.8 ppg., 2.0 rpg.) have split starting duties in the backcourt. Senior forward Dwight Tarwater has been a consistent threat, especially on the backboards, and is posting 6.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per night. Freshman Robert Onuorah (3.3 ppg., 3.8 rpg., 0.7 bpg.) and junior Deion Giddens (3.8 ppg., 3.1 rpg., 0.6 bpg.) are holding down the middle, while senior guards Dominick Scelfo (2.8 ppg.) and Jake Matthews (3.8 ppg.) are providing firepower off the bench. The Big Red is scoring 65.0 points on 42 percent shooting. Much of Cornell's troubles have come on the defensive end, where the team is allowing 79.0 points on 49 percent shooting, including 39 percent from 3-point range.

A WIN OVER DARTMOUTH WOULD:
• snap a 12-game Ivy League losing streak.
• give the Big Red an 18-3 record against the Big Green in its last 21 meetings.
• extend its win streak over Dartmouth in Ithaca to 11 games.
• be the 1,211th in program history (1,210-1,345 in 114 seasons).

ABOUT DARTMOUTH:
• Dartmouth has been one of the league's most improved teams and has posted a 9-11 record (2-4 Ivy).
• The Big Green have lost seven of their last nine games, though the two wins was a home sweep of Penn and Princeton two weekends ago.
• Three Dartmouth players enter the weekend scoring in double figures, though leading scorer and rebounder Gabas Maldunas (11.2 ppg., 8.5 rpg.) has missed the last four games and is expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
• Alex Mitola (10.4 ppg.) leads the team in 3-pointers (42) and assists (48), while Connor Boehm (10.3 ppg., 5.9 rpg.) and John Golden (9.9 ppg).
• Dartmouth is outrebounding opponents by 4.0 per game (33.9-29.9) and has a positive assist:turnover ratio (258:254).
• Head coach Paul Cormier, in his second stint and 10th year on the sidelines for Dartmouth, surpassed 200 career coaching wins earlier this season.

THE CORNELL-DARTMOUTH SERIES:
• The series is tied 103-103 after 206 games in a series that dates back to the 1900-01 campaign.
• Cornell has had the best of the series recently, having won 17 of the last 20 meetings.
• The two teams split the home-and-home series a year ago.

ABOUT HARVARD:
• Harvard has won at least a share of three straight Ivy League titles and is tied for first again this season with its 5-1 record.
• The Crimson enter the weekend 18-4 overall, but are just 5-3 in true road games.
• Six different players are averaging between 8.9 and 14.8 ppg., with Ivy League Player of the Year contender Wesley Saunders leading the way (14.8 ppg., 4.9 rpg., 3.8 apg., 2.0 spg.).
• Siyani Chambers (10.7 ppg., 4.5 apg.) and Kyle Casey (10.2 ppg., 6.3 rpg.) are also averaging double figures.
• The Crimson defense has made all the difference, allowing opponents to score just 60.5 ppg. on 41 percent shooting overall and 32 percent shooting from 3-point range.
• Head coach Tommy Amaker has revitalized the Crimson basketball program, guiding the team to its first three Ivy League titles in program history, along with a pair of NCAA tournament trips.

THE CORNELL-HARVARD SERIES:
• Cornell leads the series 90-74 dating back to the first meeting between the teams in the 1901-02 season.
• The Big Red is 11-11 in the last 22 contests, though Harvard has now won six in a row.
• Cornell's last four wins in the series have come by an average of 24.8 points, though the Crimson have won six straight over the Big Red by an average of 10.2 points.

NOTES TO KNOW:
• In the Big Red's seven home games, Cornell is shooting 45 percent from the floor and has 100 assists to just 73 turnovers, but has attempted 88 fewer free throws than its opponents.
• Sophomore Nolan Cressler is averaging 21.7 points in his last three games.
• Cressler has made 17 straight free throws over his last four contests.
• Cherry is averaging 13.2 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 46 percent from the floor in Ivy League play.
• He is also closing in on a number of career milestones. He needs two assists to hit 100, 36 rebounds to hit 200 and 66 points to reach 500.
• Senior Jake Matthews is averaging 6.3 points and 1.5 steals while shooting 42 percent from the floor in Ivy play.
• Senior Dwight Tarwater has already surpassed his career high in every category on the stat sheet except games played (25 in 2011-12 season). He needs four rebounds to reach 200 for his career and six points to hit 250.
• In his last two home games, junior forward Ned Tomic has averaged 15.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steals while shooting .609 from the floor (14-of-23).
• After getting to the free-throw line 20 or more times just twice in the team's 14 non-league contests, Cornell has shot at least 20 shots from the charity stripe in five of six Ivy games, including four straight.
• The Big Red has also shot 20 or more 3-pointers just once in its last eight games after launching from beyond the arc at least 20 times in 11 of its first 12 games, including 32 shots at Syracuse and 41 at Western Michigan.
• In the Big Red's last six games, opposing teams are shooting just 34 percent from 3-point range (41-of-120)

HOW TO FOLLOW CORNELL:
• There are numerous way to follow the Big Red through the 203-14 basketball season.
• Men's basketball games will be broadcast on HITS 103.3 FM for the 2013-14 season. Longtime voice of the Big Red Barry Leonard returns on the call with the play-by-play, while former All-Ivy center Eric Taylor'05 is on board to do color analysis.
• A half-hour pregame show and postgame analysis will enable Big Red fans to follow Coach Bill Courtney's team throughout the season.
• The audio of all games will also be available as part of the IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork subscription service.
• The Big Red's home contests will all be broadcast live with streaming video as part of the IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork subscription service. Visit www.IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com for all the latest information on Cornell broadcasts.
• Cornell will use SIDEARM Live Stats for each of the Big Red's home games in 2013-14. Visit www.CornellBigRed.com for all of the official statistics.
• You can follow the team on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Highlights, interviews and features on all 36 of Cornell's varsity sports can be found at www.youtube.com/cornellathletics, www.facebook.com/cornellathletics or www.twitter.com/cornellsports.

NEXT UP:
• The Big Red continues its four-game home stand when it plays host to Yale and Brown next weekend at Newman Arena.
• Cornell will face first-place Yale on Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.
• The Big Red and the Brown Bears will meet on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. in a game that will be televised by NBC Sports Network.

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