ITHACA, N.Y. – The Cornell men's basketball team stood in the corner where the players make their entrance each game cheering for the Big Red volleyball team as it closed out an exciting 3-2 win over Ivy foe Columbia. Then they went out and showed the Newman Arena crowd why everyone should be cheering for them this winter.
In the season's first public showcase, the Red team knocked off the White 51-35 on Saturday afternoon. The fast paced game was made up of a first half of 15 minutes of running clock play. The teams were mixed up in the second half with White leading Red 21-19. The Red team included the squad's expected starters against the White team's reserves.
Two returning seniors who both missed the entirety of the 2013-14 campaign were especially impressive, as Shonn Miller had 18 points, six rebounds and three steals while hitting 4-of-5 3-pointers, and Galal Cancer had 11 points, two rebounds and three steals. Classmate Devin Cherry had eight points, five assists and no turnovers from the point guard position. Also impressing was sophomore Darryl Smith with six points, three assists, two rebounds and a blocked shot. Classmates Robert Hatter and David Onuorah, both returning starters from last season, sat out the game due to injury.
Four freshmen made their Newman Arena debuts, and all made an impact during the game. Jordan Abdur-Ra'oof had six points, three rebounds and a steal, Wil Bathurst notched two points, five rebounds and a steal, Kyle Brown posted three points and Pat Smith notched eight points, two rebounds and a steal.
Cornell opens the 2014-15 campaign at George Mason on Friday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Fairfax, Va.